Man’s best friend has often permeated the world of pop culture, literature, and entertainment. We have Lassie, Old Yeller, Benji, and Spuds Mackenzie. But I can’t think of a dog quite as unusual as Spike the Wonder Dog. And now Spike’s crazy life is brought to us in the recently unleashed book The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog as told to Bill Boggs.
Bill Boggs, the teller of dog tails-er, I mean dog tales-is quite the character himself. Besides being a writer, Boggs is also an Emmy winning talk show host and television producer. Boggs is responsible for the revolutionary television program The Morton Downey, Jr. Show. If memory serves The Morton Downey Jr. Show was a cross between Sean Hannity and Jerry Springer. I’m sure I disagreed with Downey on many issues, but he was entertaining in a twisted way. And Boggs is also entertaining in a twisted way and it definitely shows in The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog.
Spike is an English Bull Terrier. Unlike other dogs, Spike isn’t content to play with the other canines at the dog park or catch a Frisbee with his mouth. Nope, Spike is drawn to the glitz and glamour of show biz much of it due to his owner, Bud. Bud is a tv show host, but it’s Spike who is the true star of the family.
Among Spike’s crazy adventures include roaming around a tv soundstage like he owns it, looking for a baby mama to fulfill his need to breed, and kicking some ass in a dog fight. He also gets around, starting in a place called High Point in North Carolina and making his way to Tinsel Town, Sin City, and the Big Apple. He meets local characters like a rabbi who goes by the name Zebe the Heeb, and a woman named Donna Hanover who is not the ex-wife of Rudy Giuliani. But he really hits his stride when he comes across big name stars like Cher, Bill Maher, Regis Philbin, Joy Behar, and Jimmy Fallon.
Every chapter in The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog is rife with gossipy name-dropping and bitchy with biting humor. Spike is an equal opportunity offender, so if you’re the type of person who clutches your pearls over ribald behavior and speech, this book might make you paws-I mean pause-at some moments. If Spike was human I could envision him being a stand up comedian in the vein of the late George Carlin.
Spike really did put a smile on my face in a really tough year. There were times I actually giggled out loud like when Spike claimed he had a hangover that’s a ten on the Keith Richards International Hangover Scale.
Boggs an incredibly talented and funny writer, a complete hoot. I have a feeling The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog is somewhat based on real life, which gives this book a bit more relatability. So many of us have pets with very human like personalities.
Needless to say, I’m a fan of this book and a fan of Spike. So unless you are barking mad, go fetch a copy of The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog. And an added bonus is proceeds of the sale of this book go to animal rescue charities.