Dog from Petticoat Junction
This morning I watched several episodes of "Petticoat Junction" back to back any fond childhood memories came to mind.. "Petticoat Junction" ran from September 1963 to April 1970.on CBS. The series takes place at the Shady Rest Hotel, which is run by Kate Bradley, (Bea Benedaret). Her three daughters Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Betty Jo, and her uncle Joe Carson also helped. Benedaret died of cancer and actress June Lockhart wa added to the cast as the "Lady MD.". There is a family pet named "Dog" who is almost human. Dog's real name was Higgins and he was trained by Frank Inn, who taught the adorable pup a wide range of facial expressions. Higgins was also the dog used in the movie "Benji" in 1974. Each time I view an episode ending of "Petticoat Junction", where "Dog" runs alongside the train coming down the track I become wistful. The characters on the television show talked to Dog, and even asked him questions. He would look sorrowful, sit up and beg, roll over or cover his eyes on cue. Several times I have cried because Dog reminds me of the pets that my friends and I had when we were growing up. They were not mere pets but actually interacted and were part of the fun.
Fran Inn trained another famous dog that portrayed Tramp on "My Three Sons" .The series aired on ABC from 1960 util 1965, ad ran on CBS from 1965 through 1972. Widower Steve Douglas, (Fred McMurry). had three sons, Mike, Robbie, and Chip. His father in law Bub,(William Frawley) also lived with them, In later episodes after Mike married and moved away, Steve adopted Chip's friend Ernie and Bub moved away. The family was then cared for by Uncle Charlie O' Casey.(William Demerest). The family dog Tramp interacted with everyone and knew his cues like a good actor. Just like Dog, Tramp seemed human and knew the family members by name. And just like on "Petticoat Junction",.the family talked to Tramp even asking advise. Sometimes he whimpered or moaned as if answering. Tramp and Dog were formally trained but there were dogs in my neighborhood who had no formal training but were also truly family members.
My cousins who lived nearby had a dog named Taco. He wa black but I don't know what breed he was. Taco would play hide and seek with us and hide behind a tree,, then run when the children began running.My neighbors who lived on a hill just above our house had a small dog mixed Terrier named Tag and later a really large collie mix named AJ. Both of these dogs would quickly come when you called, and sit when you told them to. They ran with the children when they were playing soft ball or football and woud sit by your side as if listening to your every word. These dogs could fetch a ball but no one ever taught them. They just seemed to follow the lead of the neighborhood children. AJ woud even walk me to the store and back as if he were guarding me. This is why watching the reruns of "Petticoat Junction" and :"My Three Sons" are so special to me. When those TV dogs sit at the table, fetch a paper, or roll over anad beg it reminds me of the fun I had with neighborh9ood pets as a child.
Peany was a Golden Retriever and we got him for free. It was the fall of 1975 and my great Aunt Gladys found several puppies in back of her house, I don;t know what hapened to the others but she gave us one and we named him Peanut. He looked to be no more than a few months old and he was adorable. Peanut was a light yellow/tan color and inteleigent in a way I had never seen before. When I would walk to the store which was 2 blocks away, I woud tell him to wait at the corner for me. When I came back to the corner Peanut would be there. he ever had any formal training but learned commands just like a human. If my grandma said "Here comes Chery;," Peanut would run through the back yard to the area where I parked my car. If we said "here comes Gloria," he went across the front yard to whre my mother parked her car. On Wednesday nights I would tell Peanut that "Mom Pony" (My grandma) was heading home from church and he ran across the yard towards the church to meet her.He knew every family member by name and was so human like it was amazing.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 17, 2020:
yes Peggy they really do.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2020:
Those television shows were cute. I grew up in a family that always had dogs and cats, for that matter. They do become a part of the family!
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on September 17, 2020:
Dogs are wonderful animals. Love and raised up several years back.