Dog the dog - Basset hound
seen on episodes of the police drama COLUMBO/NBC/1971-77/ABC/1989-91.
was owned by Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk), a seemingly incompetent homicide
detective who always got his man. The choice of a droopy-eared basset
hound perfectly matched the disheveled police officer who wore a dirty
raincoat, drove a disheveled Peugeot and smoked cigars.
Columbo found Dog
at the pound on the NBC MYSTERY MOVIE "Etude in Black." Dog made further
appearances in the COLUMBO movies Catch Me, Forgotten Ladu,
Make Me A
Perfect Murder, and Now You See Him.
When it came to naming his pooch, the
Lieutenant considered a number of names like Fido, Jet, Munich
and Beethoven, but eventually, he just settled on "Dog" because as he once
explained "He's a dog so we call him Dog."
Columbo's dog liked to eat ice
cream, watch TV, swim in the neighbor's pool and visit the beach.
When Columbo sent his dog to obedience school hoping to improve the
canine ("he just sits around the house and drools"), he was expelled
because "he demoralizes the other students."
Ray Berwick owned and trained Dog who in real life was called Henry.
Henry had also appeared on the medical drama EMERGENCY/NBC/1972-77 as the
the mascot for Los Angeles County Squad 51 firehouse who just sat about
TRIVIA NOTE: On the NBC produced
episodes, Columbo's dog was originally called Fang. The spin-off series
KATE LOVES A MYSTERY (MRS. COLUMBO)/NBC/1979 featured the wife of
Detective Columbo, Kate Columbo (Kate Mulgrew) who owned a lazy basset
hound dog named Whitefang.
Dog (a.k.a. "Higgins") was also the name of the family pet on the
sitcom PETTICOAT JUNCTION/CBS/1963-70.
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