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psychonaut 01-19-2019 12:47 PM

Benji vs. the Littlest Hobo
 
Which dog (or rather, which series of stray-dog-helps-people films/TV shows) is better? Some criteria to consider:
  • Looks. Benji is a small brown mutt, a bit ungainly but cute. The Littlest Hobo is a short-haired, grey and white German Shepherd—not cute, but arguably majestic-looking.
  • Smarts. Both dogs are unusually intelligent, with the capacity to understand humans' intentions and feelings, and to solve complex problems through long-term planning. Both have single-handedly discovered and foiled a number of criminal schemes.
  • Theme songs. Benji's got "I Feel Love", a catchy, Golden Globe–winning feel-good country number. The Littlest Hobo has "Maybe Tomorrow" a si4milarly infectious tune that somehow manages to be both haunting and upbeat.
Overall I'd say it's a toss-up, so I'm heading to the Dope to get opinions from the hippest, smartest people on the planet. What other criteria should we consider, and which dog is the overall winner?

Bryan Ekers 01-19-2019 01:01 PM

Benji was loyal and whatever, but Hobo clearly had a full understanding of mechanical engineering, given the stuff he did.

Darren Garrison 01-19-2019 01:16 PM

Damn, I thought this would be a "Who would win in a fight?" therad. Also, where's Boomer?

Poysyn 01-19-2019 02:06 PM

I was always so sad that the Littlest Hobo didn’f Have a home and wished he would come and live at my house.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 01-19-2019 02:07 PM

The winner, of course, is Lassie.

psychonaut 01-19-2019 02:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Prof. Pepperwinkle (Post 21440432)
The winner, of course, is Lassie.

Lassie wasn't a stray dog.

psychonaut 01-19-2019 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Darren Garrison (Post 21440368)
Damn, I thought this would be a "Who would win in a fight?" therad.

If that's the criteria by which you judge which dog is better, then feel free to answer the poll on that basis. :)
Quote:

Also, where's Boomer?
Who?

Darren Garrison 01-19-2019 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by psychonaut (Post 21440451)
Who?


He.

psychonaut 01-19-2019 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darren Garrison (Post 21440486)

Wow. There's an entire genre for this scenario, isn't there?

kunilou 01-19-2019 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by psychonaut (Post 21440449)
Lassie wasn't a stray dog.

If that's your criteria, Rin Tin Tin was a stray, Buddy (of Air Bud) was a stray, and Moose (aka Eddie from Frasier) was a rescue.

mbh 01-19-2019 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by psychonaut (Post 21440502)
Wow. There's an entire genre for this scenario, isn't there?

Yup. From Pete the Pup in the Our Gang films to Rin Tin Tin.

psychonaut 01-19-2019 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by kunilou (Post 21440591)
If that's your criteria, Rin Tin Tin was a stray, Buddy (of Air Bud) was a stray, and Moose (aka Eddie from Frasier) was a rescue.

I'm concerned with shows featuring a perpetually stray dog that runs around and helps a different set of people in each instalment. That excludes Lassie and Eddie. I'm not familiar with Rin Tin Tin and Buddy so I don't know if they fit. From what I could glean of Darren Garrison's link, Boomer seems to fit. Maybe if someone wants to compile a list of all such dogs, we can do a more comprehensive poll in a future thread.

Darren Garrison 01-19-2019 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kunilou (Post 21440591)
If that's your criteria, Rin Tin Tin was a stray, Buddy (of Air Bud) was a stray, and Moose (aka Eddie from Frasier) was a rescue.


But Joe was gainfully employed, until he was falsely accused of a crime he did not commit.

Beckdawrek 01-19-2019 07:35 PM

Sandy.

GuanoLad 01-19-2019 08:25 PM

There's a voice that keeps on calling me
Down the road. That's where I'll always be.
Every stop I make, I make a new friend.
Can't stay for long, just turn around,
And I'm gone again.

Maybe tomorrow I'll want to settle down.
Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

psychonaut 01-22-2019 07:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beckdawrek (Post 21440868)
Sandy.

Who?

JohnT 01-22-2019 07:51 AM

Benji hooked up, and hard, with Tiffany, a little white purebred froo-froo thing WAY above Benji's league. And he took her to the Acropolis. How is this even a contest?

psychonaut 01-22-2019 08:00 AM

I'm even more impressed that Benji has his own wiki.

JohnT 01-22-2019 08:02 AM

I know, right?

JohnT 01-22-2019 08:07 AM

The Benji dog was also the dog on Petticoat Junction, meaning he spent his days on the set being played with these ladies.

I might not know which dog is better, but thanks to this thread, I now have a clearer picture as to which dog I'd rather be. ;)

Czarcasm 01-22-2019 08:07 AM

The original "Littlest Hobo"

psychonaut 01-22-2019 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Czarcasm (Post 21444818)

Can't say the theme song is very catchy—at least not in comparison to the later incarnations.

Teuton 01-22-2019 08:29 AM

I voted Littlest Hobo because I used to watch that on a Sunday morning. I've never seen Benji.

TRC4941 01-22-2019 09:10 AM

I've never heard of The Littlest Hobo

Czarcasm 01-22-2019 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by psychonaut (Post 21444828)
Can't say the theme song is very catchy—at least not in comparison to the later incarnations.

It is the one I grew up with, and the tune is hummable.

JohnT 01-22-2019 10:58 AM

The results of this poll and the Jif/Skippy debate has really shaken my faith in you guys. This makes me sadz.

Czarcasm 01-22-2019 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by JohnT (Post 21445190)
The results of this poll and the Jif/Skippy debate has really shaken my faith in you guys. This makes me sadz.

All those votes for that overgrown rat Benji disturbs me, too.

JohnT 01-22-2019 11:12 AM

Hey, YOU TAKE THAT BACK! I WILL DIE ON BENJI HILL! ESPECIALLY IF THE DOG WANTS HIS CREAMY JIF!

Wheelz 01-22-2019 05:08 PM

My criterion for "better" in this case boiled down to "I've heard of him." So Benji it is.

(Edit: Ah, Canadian TV. There ya go.)

Leaffan 01-22-2019 05:20 PM

I've heard of Benji, but haven't seen it.

Littlest Hobo was pretty popular in Canada, and the theme song is good!

elfkin477 01-22-2019 06:13 PM

I don't know who The Littlest Hobo is, but I have always hated Benji.

JohnT 01-22-2019 06:22 PM

I swear to God...

swampspruce 01-30-2019 11:02 AM

Littlest Hobo by a mile. Better theme song, and "able to jump out of a helicopter and put out forest fires" trumps "stole some keys and looked cute." :D In all fairness, I'd take Benji over that twit Lassie any day.


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