Bogie in the Dog House

For showtimes for High Sierra, click here

Bogie was a big dog fan, and he owned a variety of breeds. When he divorced Mayo Methot, he kept the four dogs that they had, including Cappy, a Newfoundland, and Zero, a terrier.

Zero was extremely well-trained and actually got to star alongside Bogie in High Sierra as Pard. The spunky dog was a bad luck charm for Humphrey’s character and eventually led to his downfall. In real life, Zero was anything but. While filming on set, Bogie couldn’t help smiling when he got to do a scene with him. It's especially meaningful too that High Sierra proved to be the breakout movie role that Bogart needed for his career. Zero also appeared in Law of the Timber, this time without his master.

Lauren Bacall was also a dog person, and they received a boxer as a wedding present. Their dogs included Droopy and Puddle, cocker spaniels, and Harvey, Babe, and George, boxers.

“Harvey was really smart. He knew he wasn't allowed to get on the furniture so he would only put two paws on at a time, and he would sit between us if we had a fight,” Bacall said.

While the couple loved their canine companions, their neighbors weren’t such big fans. In fact, some of them went to the city council to complain about the barking. One even suggested cutting the dog’s vocal cords.

“What kind of monster is he?” asked Bogie. “He ought to be glad he can hear the wonderful sound of dogs barking.”

Bogie and Bacall had a special bond with Harvey, who was actually named after the invisible rabbit companion from the Broadway play (later made into a movie with James Stewart). The boxer would often appear with them in publicity photographs and his close link with Humphrey was evident at the end of his life.

“Harvey died six months after Bogie,” Bacall remembered. “I went to see him at the vet's and said goodbye. Five minutes after I got home, I was told that after I left, Harvey had eaten his dinner and died.”

Below is a picture of Zero from High Sierra.