Dogs have been lionized as manâ€™s best friend, but they also make trusty sidekicks: Rudd Weatherwax had Lassie, John Grogan had Marley, RCA had Nipper, Turner had Hooch.
Cesar Millan, the well-followed â€œDog Whispererâ€Â on the National Geographic Channel, has Daddy, a dignified, tawny pit bull who has become the poster boy for a breed that could use some positive P.R.
Daddyâ€™s become such a regular presence on the show that frequent viewers can pick him out among the nearly 40 members of Millanâ€™s dog pack.
At 16, Daddy is the elder statesman â€” heâ€™s a cancer survivor â€”Â but doggone it, he sure was a fine looker on the red carpet when he used to accompany Millan to black-collar events.
â€œMy dog Daddy is from Jersey,â€ Millan says proudly by phone, minutes after taking the boss for a walk around his 43-acre Dog Psychology Center in California. â€œMy right hand, whoâ€™s been with me for 15 years. Jersey boy.â€
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