Devin’s Tails: Pets As Movie and TV Stars

November 24, 2014 by Devin O'Branagan in Blogs, Devin's Tails, Fun Stuff

By Devin O’Branagan

My young adult urban fantasy series, The Legend of Glory, is being shopped in Hollywood by a great team of producers, so I have all things film and TV on my mind. One of my recent brain-train-of-thought scenarios went like this: If they develop my series for the screen, who would play Hallelujah, the intrepid demon-fighting dog? Then I pondered my Facebook friends, many of whom have talented dogs, and I wondered if their pets were characters from a movie or TV show, who would he or she be? So, of course, I asked them. Here are some of their answers:

Kimberley Pearson declared that her chinchilla Elmo would be Paddington Bear because he does a great Paddington stare.


Kat Fahle thought that was an easy question, since she just named this guy Ferris Bueller:


Aileen Walden said her rescue kitty, Kiki, is a dead ringer for Katherine Hepburn’s character in On Golden Pond. Aileen said, “It’s the voice, the fact that she is no bigger than a minute, and she’s SASSY!”


Lyndy Jacob said that her Élan would be ultimate diva Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch.


She also said that her IZOD would be Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem in Coming to America.


Chris Lawson Svensson’s Oriental short hair is named Sookie after the True Blood character.


And Chris’s Oriental tabby is named Indy after Indiana Jones because of his athletic nature.


Angi Miller Candias said, “Easy…this dude is Taz for sure. He spins FAST when he gets excited!”


Tammy E. A. Crosby said Ginger would be Thelma from the TV show Mama’s Family: “Old, sassy and lil bit smart-assy.”


She said Max the puppy would be Gibby from TV’s iCarly.


Amy Bradley said her Molly is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has wicked (mouse treeing) moves.


Lorri Griffin said her dog would be Pippin from Lord of the Rings. “Because Flea is always getting into trouble and is somewhat clumsy.”


Melanie Macek said, “I had a cat named Nicodemus from The Secret of Nihm. I also had two cats named Connie (Constance Weber Mozart) and Ami (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart). I got them after I saw the movie in the 80’s. I’ve also had a Tigger. And a Brando (named for Marlon Brando) And I just realized that only my cats get the names of literary figures or notable people. Interesting. Oh, had a hamster name Tara, after Scarlett’s plantation.”

Janet Weyers and Rhonda Barger Stephens both had Scarlett O’Haras.

Joanne Picardi O’Brien has a Katniss, named after the heroine in The Hunger Games.

Stephanie A. Greene, Valorie Marks, Marni Chartier, and Lauren Resetar Vucinich all had Lassies.

Amy Herrmann’s Pippin is another Pippin from Lord of the Rings.

Gail Baake’s Basset named Snoopy “would BE Snoopy!”

Anne Ingraffia named her pups after Drogo and Khaleesi from Game of Thrones.

Jenna Shields Young said, “My miniature Chihuahua/Papillion mix (named Precious Bark Bark) is Jim Carrey’s character in The Mask. She is SUPER CRAZY!”

So all this leads me to wonder, if my Glory books do make it to the screen, how many people might name their dogs after the intrepid demon-hunting dog Hallelujah. Demons beware!

All photos used with permission.

Copyright © 2014 – Devin O’Branagan – All Rights Reserved

Devin O’Branagan is a bestselling author who writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include fiction about dogs and cats, comic romance, paranormal romance, and paranormal thrillers. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, the Cat Writers’ Association, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books in English, Heyne Verlag in German, and Dogan Egmont in Turkish. They may be found in print, eBook, and audio formats. Visit her website at DevinWrites.com, and check her out on Facebook and Twitter.

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