Journey Dog Names in Pop Culture
One of the most heartwarming dog stories was titled, ‘The Incredible Journey’. The story was written by Scottish author Sheila Burnford. The children’s book was first published in 1961. The story tells about the incredible 3,000-mile trek undertaken by three pets in search of their owners. It takes place in Canada, so the threesome experience many wilderness-focused adventures.
The three pets, a Bull Terrier, a Labrador Retriever, and a Siamese cat, are loosely based on pets owned by Sheila Burnford. When the book was first released it received modest reviews and was heralded as a children’s novel even though the author said she wrote it for all age groups. Disney adapted a movie from the book in 1963 that also experienced only modest success. It was not until the 1993 film adaptation known as, ‘Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,’ hit the movie theaters that the story developed a huge fan base. It ended up grossing $41,833,324 in the United States alone.
One of the key characters in both the book and movie is the American Bulldog. In the book and original movie, the Bulldog's name is Bodger. Bodger was an aging canine in the book and movie but in the 1993 blockbuster the Bulldog is referred to as Chance and he does not possess the same noble attitude as the former canine. He is also not old. The voice of Chance in the movie is that of Michael J. Fox.
Chance is a self-absorbed dog who is always getting into trouble. Even during the wedding of his owner, Chance disregards the festivities and digs into the lovely wedding cake much to the horror of everyone.
After the wedding, the trio’s owners plan on moving to San Francisco so they entrust their pets with a family friend while they make the moving arrangements. Unfortunately, Chance convinces Shadow, who is a Golden Retriever, and Sassy, who is a Himalayan Siamese, that they have been abandoned by their newly married owner. They set out across the rugged wilderness to find their old home.
Shadow uses his age and nose to lead the group. The dogs both try their best to gather food in the woods. When they reach a river country, Sassy cat is swept away and found by a kind man who works to restore her health. Chance and Shadow continue to try to survive. During one extremely perilous time, Chance turns to Shadow and confesses where he has hidden everything in the backyard of their old house, such as the remote control and missing items. Finally, Sassy hears the dogs barking and runs off to join her friends and they all continue on their journey together.
At one point during the movie, Chance tries to befriend a porcupine but all he receives for his friendly gesture is a mouth full of quills. Chance is eventually captured by humans when they reach civilization. He is taken to an animals shelter. Chance has been in the pound before and he is deeply distressed. Once at the shelter, the staff removes the quills from his muzzle. He doesn’t remain in the shelter long because Sassy and Shadow plot his escape and eventually carry out a daring rescue mission to recover their friend.
During the final leg of their journey, Sassy falls into a hole near the railroad tracks. Shadow stays with her while Chance runs home for help. The family follows Chance back to rescue his friends. In the end, the dogs and cat discover they were never abandoned at the friend's house and they end up all living happily together.
In 1996, 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey' was followed by 'Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco'. It was also a success and grossed over 32 million at the box office, although, many fans would say that it was not as well received as the first movie. Nonetheless, both pet journeys capture the hearts of the audience and leave an undeniably memorable impression on everyone who watches the iconic movies
Journey Dog Name Considerations
Life becomes a journey the minute that you bring a four-legged pooch into your life. Nothing will ever be the same again. Now you have a buddy who depends on you for everything and in exchange for your care, the dog provides companionship and unlimited love.
Most owners take their canine buddy everywhere with them. Many dogs regularly journey on vacations with their humans. Even people who have jobs out on the open road often have a furry sidekick that rides the miles next to them.
You might want to consider naming your new pup after something that will reflect the journey you both will be experiencing together. There are many monikers based on traveling and adventures. You could also focus on a famous canine that has journeyed far or maybe just pick the name of something that tells about a famous trek.
No matter how you look at life, it is a journey that has many twists and turns. It is always an adventure and your furry friend is going to share all of those ups and downs with you. It is no longer just your life, but both of your lives when you make the decision to share your world with a dog.
Day-to-day life takes on a whole new outlook when you have a dog for a pet. You have to always be thinking about the canine's care. Your dog will require walks and outings to truly be happy. Most pooches thrive on road trips. They are just like humans when it comes to traveling because a dog truly enjoys experiencing new adventures and seeing interesting places. A canine's astute snout tells it everything it needs to know about the world and so when a dog's nose picks up a trail and he starts following it then he is on a journey that is all of his own creation. The canine's owner can just follow along.