I can pretty much guarantee that most people reading this article learnt more about literature from Wishbone than any college course.
This wisecracking dog was incredible at teaching the finer points of many classic books and tied the major themes to a moral lesson that we could all use in our lives.
While Wishbone can speak for himself, here are some little-known facts about the show that we uncovered out by Wanda Gilmore's garden!
The idea for a show came from the creators own Jack Russel Terrier whose life and behaviors he would narrate in his home.
"Well, what if a little dog with a big imagination could take us into some of the greatest stories ever told?" Said creator Rick Duffield. "And, why not make him the hero?"
There ended being five dogs that played the infamous Wishbone, however it was one named Soccer that scored the leading role.
Three of the other dogs were there for stand-in shots when Soccer wasn't available, and one was there solely for publicity shots!
A Flipping Good Dog
Soccer actually won the role against 100 other dogs. In the 1994 casting call, the producers had been looking at dogs all day, but they were in for a treat with him. His teacher and him walked in front of them and after successfully completing several tricks, Soccer jumped into a backflip, and the rest as they say was history!
The show was geared towards younger audiences, but that didn't stop older individuals from enjoying the show. From grandparents, to parents, and even collage students!
“Some would write us thank you notes for helping them pass freshman lit class,” said Duffield.
That Bark Sounds Familiar...
Soccer's lines in the show could only be heard in his own imagination (and by us) while everyone else just heard barking. The voice actor, Larry Brantley, stayed behind the scenes, except for one episode.
It was when he and Wishbone were starring in a dog food commercial. Since he was dubbing for his co-star, the scene sounds really weird!
Thanks to his wide-spread success, the show decided to send Wishbone on a national mall tour to promote the show.
Soccer got to fly first-class, top-notch hotels, and even his own security detail!
A Book Of One's Own
Not only did the show get its own spin-off movie, but Wishbone got adapted into a book series so that fans could read along with their favorite canine TV star!