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Dogs in Geek Culture
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Einstein from Back to the Future.

A friend sent me a “Top 10 dogs in ‘geek’ culture” list. (In many circles, “geek” and “cool” are practically synonymous.) The friend who sent me this knows I always that Doc Brown’s dog in Back to the Future was named Einstein, and I was pleased to see that he made the list.

It was also entertaining to see that Superman’s dog Krypto made the list. Krypto was introduced in the 1950s comics, though Superman has no dog in some movies and TV shows.

The rest of the dogs on the list are not a big part of my geek world. I liked Scooby Doo as a kid, but have not carried a profound interest in him into adulthood. To be fair, I had always found the phrase “Rut roh” to be comical, but I’ve recently learned that this phrase is wrongly attributed to Scooby Doo, and is actually the catchphrase of Astro from the Jetsons. Perhaps Astro should be on this list.

Who do you think is missing from a proper list of dogs in geek culture, whatever that means?

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Lisa Wogan | December 14 2011 |

No way this list is complete without Mr. Peabody (of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame)! The genius dog who adopts a boy for company. He's top of my list.

Submitted by Karen London | December 14 2011 |

Agreed! That IS a glaring omission and I'm glad you pointed it out.

Submitted by Anonymous | December 18 2011 |

K-9 is the best dog ever. Rightfully number 1 :)

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