Posted by Max from proxy5.cityweb.de on October 16, 1998 at 04:09:27:
In Reply to: Re: "Indiana" - the dog posted by Old Indy on October 15, 1998 at 23:27:12:
: : : I sure would like to know more about the dog that appeared in the opening act of Last Crusade. Obviously, that was "Indiana", the dog from which Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) took his nickname, as was disclosed by his Dad, Prof. Henry Jones, Sr.(Sean Connery), to Sallah (John Rys-Davies) at the end of that movie. Was the dog a Siberian Huskey? Male/Female? Who is the owner/trainer? Is the dog still alive? Where? What was the dog's real name? I saw no references to the dog in the credits at the end of the movie. What a mystery. This dog is a very important part of Indiana Jones' past.
: : Hmm, it's either a Siberian Husky or a Alaskan Malamute. However, it's
: : hard to indentify the breed without seeing the entire dog. From what
: : is visible I'd more tend to believe it's the Alaskan Malamute. Is there
: : no reference to this in the novels or the YIJC?
: : Regards,
: : -Max
: Now that you ask, I do remember that Indy's dog was mentioned in novel #10 "Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs". In Chapter 4 Indy states "I had a dog once when I was a kid and never got over it when he died. He was my best friend. My namesake as a matter of fact." [pg.97] So, I guess we know that Indy's dog, "Indiana", was a male. The name of the dog he befriended in this novel he named "Loki", for the Norse god of mischief who was chained to a wall.[pg.98] Loki was a purebred male Alsatain - a breed of shepherd - with blue eyes.[pg.84] Loki is even shown on the cover of novel, standing by Indy. But this dog looks nothing like the dog in Indy's house in Utah, 1912. I tend to guess that "Indiana" was a Siberian Huskey - a silver or grey one. Hopefully someone else knows more on this dog. Both the real one and the animal character it played.
I just forgot to mention some things in my earlier post: Actually
George Lucas owned a dog back in the 1970s which was in fact named
"Indiana". As far as I know he was the Alaskan Malamute. I also heard
that he used the modified sound of his houling dog for a Star Wars
movie. Anyway, since he didn't own that dog anymore when he created
Last Crusade it is obvious that it was some kind of stunt dog used.
After watching the movie I'm not sure anymore if this is an Alskan
Malamute. As far as I know they are bigger than the Husky breeds. Is
there any behind-the-scenes clip where the dog is shown? Anyway, we
can't know for sure unless there is someone who has precise information
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