Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide, so it’s only natural that they are chosen for movies, shows, books, and other roles in the media.
Labradors have proven over and over again that they are a “one of a kind” dog breed. In fact, they’ve gained worldwide recognition for their acting abilities as well as for their real life heroism.
The breed’s intelligence and love for humans has also allowed Labs to accomplish real-life achievements and heroic acts.
Famous working Labradors
Endal: Labrador service dog
Endal, a renowned yellow Lab from Britain, who worked as a service dog for ex-Royal Chief Petty Officer Allen Parton. He started his work as a service dog in the 90’s after Parton was seriously injured in the Gulf War, leaving him with memory problems and physical disabilities. Over the years, Endal received various awards for his achievements as a service dog including; Dog of the Year, Local Hero, Assistance Dog of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Dog of the Millennium, PDSA Gold Medal, and Blue Peter Badge. One of Endal’s most memorable achievements is when he placed Parton in the recovery position, covered him with a blanket, retrieved his phone, and got help from people nearby after Parton was pushed out of his wheelchair by a moving car. Endal was born on December 13, 1995 and passed away March 13, 2009. To this day, he remains one of the most remembered and decorated service dogs in history.
Jake: Search and rescue Labrador
Jake, a black Lab, who is best known for the search and rescue work he did at the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001. Jake also helped search for survivors and remains after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita took place. Although Jake died on July 25, 2007, he is still considered a national hero and will live on as a legacy for many years to come.
Sadie: Award-winning Labrador
Sadie, a female, black Labrador from the U.K., who received the Dickin Medal award on February 6, 2007 after alerting Lance Corporal Karen Yardly (her handler) of a hidden bomb while on duty in Afghanistan. Sadie is credited to have saved the lives of over a hundred soldiers who were on-site that day.
Lucky & Flo: Pirate-busting Labradors
Lucky & Flo, twin Labs who were trained to recognize the scent of discs in order to help stop the production of pirated DVDs. Together, Lucky and Flo have been able to detect approximately 2 million fraudulent DVD copies in various parts of the world.
Dorado: Hero Labrador
Dorado, a yellow Labrador guide dog, who despite being given a chance by his owner Omar Riviera to escape the World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks, came back to help Riviera safely evacuate from the 71st floor of the building. Dorado received the Dickin Medal award from Great Britain, among other recognitions.
Zanjeer: Explosive-detecting Labrador
Zanjeer – a Labrador Mumbai police dog from India who detected bombs, grenades, and detonators after the 1993 bombings. In one incident, Zanjeer uncovered more than 3,000 kilograms of explosives along with some ammunition. Throughout his life, Zanjeer helped save many lives; he lived to be 8 years of age and died on November 16, 2000.
Labradors in the media
Marley – the yellow Labrador featured in “Marley and Me,” a movie based on John Grogan’s real-life experience with his dog. Marley’s role was played by various Labs, each representing the dog’s different stages in life.
Brian Griffin – a Labrador Retriever cartoon character from “Family Guy” voiced by Seth MacFarlane, the show’s creator.
Krypto: Superman Labrador
Krypto – a fictional Lab who has appeared as Superman’s sidekick in comics, TV shows, movies, and even video games.
Spike: Movie star Labrador
Spike – a Labrador/Mastiff mixed dog who is best known for his role in the 1957 movie “Old Yeller.” He was also in the movies “The She-Creature” and “The Silent Call,” and appeared in various TV shows including; “The Mickey Mouse Club,” “Brian Keith,” and “The Westerner.”
Madison: TV star Labrador
Madison – a female, yellow Lab who plays Vincent (male dog) in the TV series “Lost.”
Once you’ve owned a Labrador Retriever , everything else is just a dog. – Anonymous