Beloved genre veteran and longtime Fango friend/contributor Debbie Rochon just recently lost a dear friend and co-star. Here, she pays tribute to Valkrie Athena Liquori, a dog like no other.
Movie star canines have featured prominently in some of my personal fave cult and horror movies. Named simply ‘Dog’, THE ROAD WARRIOR featured man’s best friend as the last trustworthy companion Max had left in this world. As it turns out, he was right. The dog was played by an adopted shelter pup and trained to perform in the film. Because the sound of the engines upset him—and in one incident, caused him to relieve himself in the car—he was fitted with special earplugs. His breed was a Blue Heeler, sometimes also referred to as an Australian Cattle Dog. ‘Dog’ went to live with Dale and Max Aspin after the movie wrapped. Max was the stunt coordinator for the film, and his wife Dale was the animal handler and trainer, as well as being a stunt performer herself.Read more »