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Subject: Hollywood's "Our Gang's" Petey the Pup was born 90 years ago today! ...

Died in 1946, at the age of nearly 17!
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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 06:28:22pm
In reply to: jlp 's message, "Jan.22nd~Happy 100th Birthday! Composer Sid Ramin, Football's (England) Arthur Turner is 98, Actor Erzsebet Alberty d' Enno is 97, Poltician Birch Bayh is 91, Director Max Peter Ammann is 90, Screenwriter Lothar Creutz is 90, Actress Mirja Karisto is 90, Actor Bo Rosengren is 90. Actress Nicky Voillard turns 90." on Monday, January 21, 09:03:20pm

Animal Actor Pete the Pup, the son of Pal the Wonder Dog, took over the role of Petey, the canine mascot of the Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts after his father, Pal the Wonder Dog was poisoned in 1930. The trademark ring around his eye was makeup to match his dad's natural marking. Their guardian and trainer was Harry Lucenay. Petey was an American Pit Bull Terrier and was registered with the American Kennel Club as a Staffordshire Terrier. The AKC recognized the APBT as a breed, but in 1935 changed the name to Staffordshire Terrier, and many say Petey was among the first to be registered in that name. The dog was also UKC registered under the name Purple Ribbon Peter. Although a few other dogs played Petey, Lucenay's was the best known. Petey appeared in many of the best-remembered shorts, though he was replaced with a series of younger dogs beginning in 1932. Petey lived to be 18 years old. When Harry was asked about him after his death in 1946 he said, "He was a gentle, playful and warm dog. He would sleep at the foot of my bed. He was just the regular family dog. I really miss him."


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