Secrets of FAMOUS DOG TRAINERS (Jun, 1936)


HAVE you ever murmured “impossible” while watching the antics of famous dog performers at the theater or movies?

If so, were you correct in your assumption? It all depends on the stunt and who was doing it.

In movie comedies, dogs frequently are called upon to do the “impossible,” according to Harry Lucenay, who has spent fifteen years in training canine movie stars, including the renowned Pete of “Our Gang” comedy fame. Veteran of more than 200 comedies and feature pictures, this dog has made a fortune before Hollywood cameras. But natural born actor and comedian though he is, Pete himself would be amazed at some of his screen antics.

Dogs Ride in “Normandie’s” Dummy Funnel (Aug, 1939)

Dogs Ride in “Normandie’s” Dummy Funnel

That dummy funnel on the “Normandie,” which is probably a concession to the old popular fancy that the more funnels, the more power, is not entirely a dummy after all. Inside it are recreation rooms, a theater and kennels for the passengers’ pets.

The dogs live comfortably aboard ship behind stainless-steel bars that surround their oval room, at the center of which is a drinking fountain. The kennels are steam-heated and ventilated, fresh beds of straw are provided daily, and the dogs are allowed daily exercise on a top deck. There are even life preservers for the pups in large, medium and small sizes, and a special menu printed in French offers choice bones, soups, biscuits and vegetables. In case the canine tourist is indisposed, a veterinarian aboard helps him win back his sea legs.

Gas-Raid Shelter Protects Pet Dogs (Oct, 1939)

Gas-Raid Shelter Protects Pet Dogs
Air-raid protection, a peacetime program familiarly known as A.R.P. to every English citizen and designed to prepare for the safety of men, women, and children in case of wartime bombing or gas attacks, is now being extended to include animal pets. Recently, Marcus Le Touche, a dog owner of Charlton, Middlesex, developed a gasproof, portable dog house in which his pup would be entirely safe from poisonous fumes. The dog is pictured being urged to try out the new kennel.

Polish Army Trains Dogs To String Phone Lines (Sep, 1939)

Polish Army Trains Dogs To String Phone Lines
Modern warfare may be becoming more and more mechanized, with tanks replacing cavalry and trucks doing the work of mules, but Polish Army authorities are now busily training corps of dogs for military duty. The war dogs are taught not only to carry messages and emergency supplies of food and ammunition, but also to haul reels of wire for stringing field-telephone lines.

Suction Cup Holds Dog (Apr, 1960)

Suction Cup Holds Dog

For those who like to shop while taking their dog for a walk, a London girl had an idea. She fixed a rubber suction cup to the end of the dog’s lead that can be attached quickly to any plate glass window. To leave the dog safely tied outside a shop, she merely pushes the suction cup on the shop window. The cup has been found to hold firmly in spite of persistent tugging over periods of an hour or more. Yet it can be removed easily by lifting the edge with a fingernail.

Pup Aids Pilot in Take-off (Mar, 1940)

Pup Aids Pilot in Take-off

“Slipstream,” the intelligent dog shown above, superintends his master’s take-offs from the Coast Guard air base at Floyd Bennett Field, New York City. At a signal from Lieut. Charles Tighe, he yanks away the wheel chocks for a take-off.

It’s a Dog’s Life, This Reducing (Jun, 1930)

It’s a Dog’s Life, This Reducing

DOWNTRODDEN husbands who have been forced to take Fido for an airing in the park may now breathe a sigh of relief, for the treadmill pictured here will enable the family pet to get all the exercise he needs on the back porch or the front lawn, and if the weather gets too severe he may do his daily dozen in the kitchen.

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board (Jun, 1936)

This is even more insane then the auto-kennels we’ve covered before. I really hope the reason that this is a drawing is that no one would actually strap their dog to the side of their car.

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board
When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer not having it inside the car, it can ride safely and comfortably in this sack, which is carried on the running board. The bottom of the sack is clamped to the running board and the top is fastened to the lower part of an open window with hooks, covered with small rubber tubing to prevent marring the car.

Crippled Dog Walks With Skates (Aug, 1930)

Crippled Dog Walks With Skates
WHEN “Lady Lou,” the Boston Bull pet of a lady in Kansas City, was hit by a speeding motor car and partially paralyzed, it was thought that she would have to spend the rest of her life as a sedentary-invalid. Her owner, however, brought her ingenuity into play and devised for her pet a wheel chair, as shown in the photo above. Two rubber tired ball bearing skates were built onto a truss made to fit the canine’s body and now, despite her handicap, “Lady Lou” is able to get around with surprising ease.

Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio (Jun, 1939)

The dog fired a revolver? That’s one dexterous dog!

Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio

BY TEACHING a dog to do tricks under “radio control,” Constable Denholm, of the Sydney, Australia, police force, has fulfilled a two-year-old ambition. In a recent demonstration, he strapped a miniature shortwave radio receiving set on the back of Zoe, an Alsatian police dog, and retired to a shack fifty yards away. Then he spoke commands into the microphone of a portable transmitter. In response to her master’s voice as it came through the ether, Zoe climbed up and down ladders, turned a faucet on and off, took off her collar, and fired a revolver.