Animals often become heroes of films or cartoons. The children’s musical film “The Adventures of Electronics. Ressi – the dog from the movie “Electronic” won the hearts of boys and girls. Not surprisingly, many viewers became interested in the breed of the robot boy’s four-legged companion.
The breed of this dog is Airedale. Few people know that the script of the film was based on the fantastic stories of Evgeny Veltistov, one of which was called “Ressi – an elusive friend”. The name of the toy dog of the genius of the super-robot Electronics, turned into a robot-dog, is an abbreviation that stands for Rare Electronic Perfect Dog And so on (Rassie). Why did the director choose the Airedale for the role of the electronic miracle?
There are several versions:
- In the 70s (the film was filmed in 1979) in Russia, the Airedale became a very popular breed among dog breeders.
- The director’s assistants found only this dog in a toy store.
- The director was so captivated by the intelligence, diligence, artistic ability and intelligence of the furry artist, found for the role of Rassi, that he did not even want to try other representatives of the breeds for the role.
The film starred an Airedale terrier named Chingiz. The trainer L. Ostretsova helped him to cope with the responsible role.
Thanks to his natural intelligence, endurance, ability to independently make decisions in changing conditions, fearlessness and strength inherent in the breed, the Airedale Terrier Chingiz brilliantly coped with the role, and after filming “Electronics” was invited to another film “The Life and Adventures of Four Friends.” In the touching film, the Airedale Terrier starred as Bubrik.
Watch an excerpt from the movie “Electronic” with a dog:
Interesting facts about the Airedale
The most interesting facts related to the Airedale – the king among terriers:
- The breed appeared in response to the need of hunters for a dog that could swim perfectly, hunt in water and on land, dig the ground, drive out burrowing animals and run fast. The Airedale Terrier fully meets all the requirements of a universal hunter.
- Endurance. This Airedale trait is colorfully portrayed by June Dutcher and Janet Johnson Framke in The New Book on the Airedale. Dogs drove water rats into the water and starved to death, they took the otter familiar to the water element, swimming around it, and sometimes diving after the prey, until it was exhausted.
- Fearlessness. In The Hunt (1760), Daniel describes how an Airedale can handle a badger or a wild cat alone. He penetrates into a dark hole to the fox, tearing it apart or pulling it out. The dog boldly enters into battle even with several opponents, forcing them to surrender with agility and speed.
- Friendliness and contact. Erdeli get along well with children and adults. Even an adult dog quickly gets used to a new family and home.
- Independence in decision making. During competitions popular in the XIX century. in northern England, the Airedale had to work on both sides of the water hazard, and since this made leadership difficult, the dog had to learn to make decisions instantly.
- Mental stability. Erdels are not afraid of loud, harsh sounds, flashes, so they were often used as “gun” dogs. During the wars, Airedale terriers served as orderlies, signalmen, miners, demolition men. These brave warriors won the title of “tank destroyers” as they bravely threw themselves under the tracks and there dumped their deadly cargo.
- Excellent sense of smell. Airedale terriers are used in exploration parties to search for deposits of ore, which they smell at a depth of 7-12 meters.
- Devotion to duty. Airedale Joe, owned by Colonel Richardson of the English Army, saved an entire battalion at the cost of his life. The badly wounded dog brought an important report to headquarters and died, handing over the package. A similar feat was accomplished by the airedale Kashtanka, who was wounded in the head and kept in touch with the reserve for two weeks after that, until she died near Narofominsk, and the airedale of Fry, who went 33 times with a report. The last time a fatally wounded dog delivered a package and died from a shrapnel wound to the head.
- In Ukraine (Legedzino village), a monument has been erected that immortalized the deadly hand-to-hand combat of 150 border dogs and a regiment of German soldiers. Among the brave companions of the border guards there were 19 Airedale Terriers.
Thanks to these qualities, the Airedale has not only won admirers among writers, artists, politicians, but also the hearts of viewers who have seen the kind film “The Adventures of Electronics”.