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There’s been some iconic characters walk the cobbles in Weatherfield since the first episode of Coronation Street aired in 1960, including the four-legged kind.
A staple of British television, we’re pretty proud of the Manchester-based ITV soap, and some of the stars who learned their craft right here in our city.
But among some of the notable characters the show has seen over the years, there has also been a number of dogs stealing the limelight, and like their make-believe owners, have been embroiled in plenty of drama.
There was that hilarious time Schmeichel caused the ceiling to cave in after climbing into Cilla Brown and Les Battersby’s bath, and the extremely sad scene that had us welling up when Ken Barlow said an emotional goodbye to dog Eccles.
So we thought we’d take a look at the four-legged friends, past and present, who’ve made their mark on Corrie fans.
Great Dane Schmeichel - what a dog he was!
Originally the pet of Tyrone Dobbs after he discovered him on his doorstep, the pup soon became the furry best friend of Chesney Brown when Tyrone realised he just couldn’t cope with two dogs.
Named after the former Manchester United player Peter Schmeichel, the Great Dane and Chesney became inseparable, but they faced their fair share of turmoil over the years.
The huge dog was run over by Claire Peacock, given up to the RSPCA, and ousted by Fizz. Overcoming these tumultuous events, he later met his end after being diagnosed with liver cancer and having to be put down.
Schmeichel was a pure breed Great Dane played by four dogs all owned by the same person.
A face you will occasionally still see on the street, David is named after his current owner and is a member of the Platt family.
Gifted to David in a will after his owner passed away, a regular at Audreys, the Yorkshire Terrier has been causing mischief at number eight ever since, especially for neighbour Yasmeen Nazir, she even once dognapped him, although she soon gave him back.
Although it wasn’t love at first sight between David and David, the hairdresser did also receive £20,000 for his troubles. And what a pet he turned out to be, even bringing together David and Shona.
This adorable Border Terrier went through quite a few owners in her lifetime, before becoming the beloved pet of Corrie legend Ken Barlow.
She was originally gifted to Blanche Hunt after her owner passed away, then left to Ken, briefly taken in by Sophie Webster, and then back with Ken until the character sadly crossed the pretend rainbow bridge in 2020.
The little dog was a particular comfort to his owner after wife Diedre Barlow died, with the close bond between the pair even resulting in Ken trying to sneak him into his retirement complex, even though pets were banned.
We totally get that, we couldn’t be without our dogs either.
The brown and white Greyhound is the sidekick of Evelyn Plummer, the grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs, and a dog that is the epitome of a fur baby, his owner dotes on him, you could say she treats him better than her actual family.
His comical owner has had fans in stitches since joining the soap in 2018, and while she can be pretty sharp tongued, she is clearly very devoted towards her precious pet.
Another dog associated with character Tyrone was his beloved Greyhound Monica played by Queenie. Named after Monica Geller from Friends, the mechanic took her in after finding her as a stray in 1999.
She went to live with Tyrone who was currently residing with Jack and Vera Duckworth at Park Road B&B, although Vera was not a fan and only allowed the dog to stay on the condition she slept in the shed, but later ordering Tyrone to get rid because of constant howling.
Obviously reluctant to say goodbye to his dog, Tyrone instead slept with her in the shed to try and keep her quiet.
Unlike many of the pets on the show, Monica had a rather inconspicuous ending as her death was not actually acknowledged or mentioned, not until some years later.
Another member of the Duckworth residence was Boomer, a Christmas present from Jack to his wife, sold to him by friend Bert Latham in 1990.
Unlike many of the loveable dogs to have appeared on the cobbles, Boomer turned out to be quite a handful, even vicious. One memorable moment saw the Duckworth’s trapped upstairs in their home while Boomer helped himself to their Christmas dinner.
And it turned out that Bert wasn’t quite the friend that Jack had thought. After trying to sell Boomer back to his original owner, but instead having to give him away for free, it turned out that Jack was the victim of a scam and that Bert actually sold the dog every Christmas.
Ozzy was the pet of Liam and Maria Connor, bought by the hairdresser for her then boyfriend and future husband.
The pet outlived his owner Liam, who was killed in a hit and run, and provided a real comfort to grief-stricken widow Maria.
One of his notable storylines includes going missing in the Lake District which then led to Liam slipping and falling into a gorge whilst out searching.
Ozzy was put to sleep in 2016 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The pet Dachshund of characters Beth and Kirk Sutherland, Peanut has been on our screens since 2016, and is even called Peanut in real life.
The sausage dog was actually a gift for Kirk from Beth who was trying to win him back after being caught out for bigamy. She and son Craig hatched the plan to try and win him back with the puppy, knowing that he was upset over the death of Ozzy.
Although initially their plan failed, it wasn’t long before Kirk was won over by the adorable pup.
There have actually been two dogs with the name Rover on Corrie, not surprising considering the name of the pub.
The latter of the two was the pet of Character Steve McDonald and it was actually played by his own pet Cookie.
Actually called Boo Boo but nicknamed Rover, Steve discovered the dog in the back of his cab in 2015 and soon became smitten with the pooch.
Demonstrating just how our dogs can help us through hard times, Rover was a real support to Steve while battling depression.
But going back 27 years, another dog named Rover was associated with the iconic Rovers Return. He was a stray German Shepherd from the RSPCA brought to the street by Bet Gilroy in 1988 as a guard dog for the pub’s back entry.
The dog was adored by staff and customers alike, all except Alec Gilroy whose dislike of dogs meant he was more miserable than usual.
Rather than welcoming his new four-legged friend, Alec plotted a plan to get rid of him and arranged for someone to come and claim the dog was actually their, which Bet fell for.
Another of the Greyhounds to appear on this long-running soap is Lucky who was introduced in 1989, although she wasn’t so lucky when it came to racing.
Harry Slinger’s prized dog, Lucky was sold to Don Brennan after her owner couldn’t afford the taxi fare home. But she wasn’t welcomed by Ivy Brennan who wanted to dog gone after she chewed through the sofa.
Wanting to rope in Alf Roberts in his idea of racing Lucky, Don convinced Audrey that the life of an owner’s wife would be a glamorous one, but that was short lived as he lost his first race and the partnership ended.
In a funny turn of events, Ivy and Audrey went on to train Lucky, until discovering she was pregnant with pups.