There is just something special about dogs. With their superhero ability to turn a frown into a grin, a dog chases away loneliness and turns a house into a home.
This week, with the release of the new film “A Dog’s Way Home,” we are looking at ten Very Good Dogs. Each of these became a movie star in their own right, and some have even more memorable moments than their human co-stars.
10Bodger and Luath, “The Incredible Journey” (1963)
dir. Fletcher Markle
9Verdell, “As Good as It Gets” (1998)
dir. James L. Brooks
8Bruiser Woods, “Legally Blonde” (2001)
dir. Robert Luketic
7Winky, “Best In Show” (2000)
dir. Christopher Guest
6Dug, “Up” (2009)
dir. Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
5Uggie, “The Artist” (2011)
dir. Michel Hazanavicus
4Asta, “The Thin Man” (1934)
dir. W.S. Van Dyke
3Max, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)
dir. Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
In every incarnation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” it’s really Max that steals the show. He is a loyal companion, even when it isn’t deserved. Perhaps especially when it isn’t deserved. Max goes along with every hairbrained idea The Grinch can come up with. And he doesn’t even complain when The Grinch slaps an antler on his head and declares him Santa’s reindeer. Max serves as a reminder that even the most unpleasant of people deserve to be loved.