Dog Names that Start with 'Le' in Pop Culture
For those of you who are dog lovers, then you likely are quick to pick up the variety of areas in which the media uses our beloved barkers. Celebrities sport their favorite canine breed and include them in pictures, and movies alongside the famous actor or actress or model. You probably are acutely aware of a variety of roles that dogs play in TV movies, series, and documentaries, the canine sometimes becoming more loved and famous than the primary human characters. Leo, a.k.a. "Jack," is an 8-year-old Fox Terrier who co-stars with the former Flying Tiger, now junket pilot “Jake” in the TV series called Tales of the Gold Monkey, which aired on the ABC network from September 1982 to July 1983.
Leo plays Jack, the one-eyed Fox Terrier belonging to Jake Cutter, and manages to usurp Jake in popularity early on in the series, as many fans were very vocal about their character preference! Jack is not afraid of anything on earth, and he’s quite intelligent, too. Jack was smart enough to sense the difference between the average bar fight involving his master Jake and one that threatened Jake’s life, not hesitating to jump into the fray to turn the tide. The favors were returned by Jake, who would not wait to step in when Jack was in trouble. And, Jack talks, too! He is like an old man who has seen much of human antics and behaviors, seeming to understand and know what is coming next. And, if you’re in doubt about how he feels about something, he is quick to “bark” his opinion - one bark meaning “no” and two barks meaning “yes.” Yes indeed, Jake had a great co-star in Jack, even if many fans felt it was the other way around!
Our second pop culture spotlight dog is Lenny, an Australian miniature short-haired Dachshund, and he is learning a new skill. We are sure you’ve seen and interacted with a variety of service animals who have been trained to be the eyes of the visually impaired, and they’re usually a bit larger than a miniature Dachshund! Lenny is a service dog of a sort, but not the type you commonly see in your everyday wanderings.
Lenny is owned by a young woman (Nicole) who started losing her hearing about eight years ago. She underwent surgery for cochlear implants, which allow her to communicate with others orally and through Auslan (Australian Sign Language), but she says other sounds get lost, such as normal household noises. Nicole found Lenny and began to teach him Auslan to bring a new dimension to her world. While instructing him in this form of communication has its challenges, she has found that he communicates with her in his body language as well as Auslan, a combination which is proving to be quite successful in her life!