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Canine Stars: From Rover to Cosmo
Posted May 04, 2011 to photo album "Canine Stars: From Rover to Cosmo"
Starting in 1905 when Rover rescued a baby, dogs have been cinema’s unsung heroes. We look at some of the finest.
In 1991, trainer Kevin DiCicco found a year-old stray Golden Retrieve up by his cabin in Yosemite. The dog was hungry and dirty, and, as DiCicco later found out, had been scattered hit by a shotgun. In the process of getting the dog in shape, DiCicco discovered the pooch’s love of ball games. After six months of training and an estimated 4,000 tosses, Buddy evolved into a crack basketball player. Buddy first showed off his talent on the Stupid Pet Tricks segment of the the Late Show with Dave Letterman. His popularity led to a number of commercials and spot in the TV sitcom "Full House", before making his mark in a feature-length film written around his unique talent. The 1997 Disney comedy Air Bud proved a box-office bonanza, but its success came at a price. Shortly after wrapping, Buddy was diagnosed with synovial cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer which cost him his right hind leg. Then only months after that Buddy died.