Friday, October 20, 2017

Dear Abby - Famous TV Dogs: Bullet the Wonder Dog from The Roy Rogers Show

Dear Friends,

Today I would love to introduce Bullet, the Wonder Dog from The Roy Rogers Show.  This western theme TV show ran from 1951 - 1957.   My Momma has never seen this show, so we are learning about it, and Bullet, together.  When we asked friends about favorite TV dogs, Bullet is a name that was mentioned often.

The Roy Rogers Show starred Roy Rogers, his wife Dale Evans, a Palomino horse named Trigger, and Bullet.  The famous theme song from the show was "Happy Trails," sung by Dale Evans.

Bullet was a brave German Shepherd who helped lead Roy and Dale to the bad guys, helped when they were outnumbered, and helped them escape as needed.

Bullet was born in 1949.  He made his movie debut in 1951 in the Roy Rogers movie Spoilers of the Plains.  I have not been able to find out a lot about his life, or how long he lived.  However, after he died he was preserved, along with Trigger, and they were displayed at the Roy Rogers Museum.  They were sold in 2010 to RFD-TV.

Like most other retro TV dogs, Bullet inspired a number of products for children, including children's books:
Comic books:

And a toy by Hartland toys:

Bullet even appeared in commercials for dog food!

Do you remember Bullet, or The Roy Rogers Show?   I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Wishing you a great weekend!


Abby xoxoxo


Anita Anderson said...

I did not grow up watching Roy Rogers. However, I have heard of this show before. I love watching shows from the past as they do not make them like that anymore.

The Peculiar Treasure said...

I have never seen Roy Rogers, but Bullet is adorable! German Shepards are so smart! (Don't worry Abby, Doxie's are too ;)

Neely said...

I've never seen this show but it looks like one my parents probably loved! I will have to check it out!

Crystal said...

I've heard of the show, but can't say I've ever watched it. I'm sure it is fantastic as it still comes up in conversations.

Brandy Ellen said...

I have never watched this before, Love that you keep sharing famous dogs.

Parenting Patch said...

I vaguely recall hearing about Roy Rogers. Bullet sounds familiar as a cultural icon but I honestly have never seen the show!

Joline said...

I have no recollection of ever seeing The Roy Rogers Show. Now I'm so curious! Hope I can find clips of it online.

Sherry Clitheroe (writing as Abigail Leigh Reed) said...

Who knew there were so many famous dogs? This show was before my time, but I'm sure my brother watched it.

Unknown said...

I love German Shepards! I was raised with them. I've never seen the The Roy Rogers Show.

Not really said...

Definitely remember the show. Still watch the reruns. Roy Rogers show, Lone Ranger, Broken Arrow, Rin Tin Tin, & Lassie not only encouraged interest in & love for animals. But in developing & maintaining an upright & moral character. Which ended up separating me from my family when I refused to abide by false standards. No one is any better than anyone else. We are different. But good people are honest, fair. And all deserve to be treated with respect. No matter who or what they are.

Saidah Washington said...

I’ve never heard of this show although we did have a restaurant named Roy Rogers. It was probably named after the character

Abby said...

Dear friends,

Thanks for stopping by! I am glad some of you remembered this show. It was new to me, but I enjoyed learning about it and sharing here!

Abby xoxoxo

Unknown said...

I agree