Sky Movies and the Kennel Club have announced that they are to honour legendary dogs of the silver screen with the world’s first permanent ‘Dog Walk of Fame’, in Battersea Park, London.
The first six dogs to be commemorated by having their own plaque in the park will be selected by the British public. A shortlist of 15 dogs spanning 70 years of movie-making has been selected by film and dog experts and includes: Toto (Wizard of Oz), Lassie, Bullseye (Oliver Twist), Gromit (Wallace and Gromit) and Chance & Shadow (Homeward Bound).
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said, “Dogs play a very important role in our lives, through their companionship, unconditional love and rewarding relationship they give to us. It is fantastic to see that this is felt the world over through the recognition given by the film industry, and the number of these films that are box office hits prove how much love the public have for dogs in general. To immortalize these dogs within Battersea Park, a place intrinsically linked to dogs itself, is very important to the Kennel Club and promotes the importance of dogs within our lives.”
Director of Sky Movies, Ian Lewis said; “Dogs have a unique place in Movie History. Humans have had a Walk of Fame for over 50 years, yet some of the best-loved movie characters are canines, from Lassie to Gromit. So, we felt dogs were overdue their own Walk of Fame, as well as a season of dog-themed movies on Sky Movies Family, to highlight just how important and varied their history in film has been.”
The results will be announced on November 5th in Battersea Park and on display at the Discover Dogs event on the 10 and 11 November, Earls Court 2, London.