Friday, November 10, 2017

Dear Abby - Famous TV Dogs: Dog the Basset Hound from Columbo

Dear Friends,

Today I'm looking forward to talking about one of my favorite TV dogs, Dog from Columbo.  Not a very original name, but he was a very cute Basset Hound!   Columbo was a mystery series that ran from 1971 - 2003.  Dog helped Detective Columbo solve crimes.  My Momma loves this show, so I have watched with her, and she has a previous post about the retro TV aspects of this series here:  Did You Know Tuesday:  Fun Facts About Columbo.

Dog first appeared in the series in the episode Etude in Black (1972).   Peter Falk, who played Columbo, was originally not a fan of adding a dog to the series.  He thought Columbo already had a rumpled trench coat, a cigar, and a wife who was referred to but never seen.  He did not think he needed a dog too.

As a great fan of rescue, I will add that the character Dog was written as a rescue dog.  Columbo has a running conversation in Etude in Black about what to name Dog.  He considers the names Fido and Beethovan. 

The Basset Hound who played Dog was named Henry.  He also was a rescue dog from a Los Angeles pound, and if he looks familiar, it is because he played Henry the dog in Emergency!

Over the course of the series we learn that Dog enjoys ice cream, swimming, and television. Henry, the original Basset Hound, passed away during the course of the series and was recast with another very mellow dog. 

There is a statue of Dog and Columbo in Budapest.  Peter Falk was related to 19th century Hungarian political figure Miksa Falk, and the statue is at a street named Falk.

Here is a short video of Dog:

Do you remember the TV show Columbo?  Are you a Basset Hound fan?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason

Book Synopsis
Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….
Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.
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My Review
Sugarplum Way tells the story of Julia Landon, a romance writer and bookstore owner.  Julia cannot stop thinking about Aidan Gallagher, who she kissed under the mistletoe a year ago.  The heart of this novel is Christmas time, as Aiden tries to make the holiday special for his daughter, and as sparks fly between Aiden and Julia.

Sugarplum Way is part of the Harmony Harbor series.  Harmony Harbor is a picturesque small town.  I loved the setting, and most especially Julia's store Books and Beans.  (Any novel set in a bookstore immediately has my interest!)  This is my first read in the series, and it took me a while to get to know the characters.  I felt I was missing backstory by not reading the earlier novels.  However, this was a charming book, and I would love to read the series from book 1.

I liked the characters, especially Julia.  She is a very positive person.  Her mother's quote personified her:  "Nothing is impossible;  the word itself says, 'I'm possible'" (p. 13). It was fun how she would write imaginary scenes inspired by Aiden.   And I enjoyed Aiden and Julia together.  There was just the right amount of flirtation and tension.

The holiday setting was also very enjoyable.  This is an upbeat Christmas read.  I would recommend it for anyone who loves small town fiction, heartwarming romance, or Christmas settings.
Author Bio
Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella in Ontario, Canada.

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I received a copy of this book from TLC  Book Tours.