Basset hound on the rural adventure THE DUKES OF HAZZARD/CBS/1979-85.
Flash belonged to Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best), the bumbling sheriff of
Hazzard County. He bought the dog from an ad in the Police Gazette
magazine and affectionately called her "Velvet Ears."
Flash and Rosco
Allegedly, a trained
"attack dog," the sleepy-eyed Flash very rarely moved except when Roscoe
fed her doggy treats or while being jostled around in the back of a patrol
car during bumpy pursuits of the Duke Boys.
Besides Roscoe, Flash was very
friendly with Cooter, a local auto mechanic. However, Flash barked at Boss
On episode No. 77 "Dear Diary" Flash buried Rosco's diary (filled
with details about Boss Hogg's illegal operations).
When Flash died,
Roscoe replaced her with another Basset hound -- an energetic puppy named Toodles (revealed on
The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion (1997).
TRIVIA NOTE: Several dogs were used
during the filming of the series including a life-sized stuffed replica of
the sixty-pound canine called "Flush" used for dangerous situations.
The primary dog was named Sandy originally
found in a dog shelter. Alvin Mears, of Alvin
Animal Rentals was the dog's trainer.
James Best bought half interest in the dog
for one dollar so he could use his association
with the dog as a bargaining tool to get more
money for Alvin and Flash. Best never took a
penny for his part.
Sandy (Flash) died at the age of fourteen.
While she lived, Alvin and Best used wieners a
bits of chicken to entice the dog into doing
stunts or following commands.
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