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Celebrating Scooby Doo

September 1, 2022

Ruh Roh …September 13th is Scooby Doo Day! This much-loved cartoon dog has become a fixture in American pop culture, and has been exposing the nefarious dealings of mask-wearing schemers since the late 1960’s. A vet talks about the iconic animated pooch below.

Starting Out

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? wasn’t really an immediate success. The same goes for Scooby. In an early version, titled Mysteries Five, the canine star was, well, more of a dog and less of a sleuth. 

Genre Change

The show was originally planned as a horror/mystery, but execs reasoned it may be too scary for kids, and made it a comedy. The rest, as you know, is history …or as Scooby would put it, ‘Ristory.’


Believe it or not, Scooby Doo was actually named after a Frank Sinatra song: the pup’s moniker was inspired by the ‘Doo-be-doo-be-doo’ line in Strangers in the Night. Fictional characters named Skooby Doo also showed up in the 1953 film Swingin Together and in the Archies’ song Feelin’ So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y.-D.O.O.)


Scooby has been voiced by more than a few actors over the years. One of the more iconic voices behind the adorable pup was Don Messick, who also spoke for the Jetsons’ beloved pup, Astro. After quitting smoking, he gave up the role, which took the iconic rasp out of his voice.


Scooby Doo has also popped up in guest roles or cameos on many different films and TV shows, including Looney Tunes: Back In Action; Space Jam II, and Johnny Bravo.


Scooby Doo and his buddies are now iconic characters. However, the gang needed some help in the early days. Many stars were happy to lend a hand. Some of the celebrities that made guest appearances include Sonny and Cher, Dick Van Dyke, Phyllis Diller, Don Knotts, Mama Cass Elliot, and the Harlem Globetrotters!


We can’t forget about Scrappy Doo, Scooby’s adorable and aptly-named nephew. It didn’t take long for the puppy to become famous in his own right, and starred with his uncle for several years in spinoff series The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, along with their bff, Shaggy. Puppy Power! However, Scrappy is but one of Scooby’s relatives. Cousins Scooby Dum and Scooby-Dee have also lent the gang a helping paw in solving cases.

Do you have a Great Dane who loves Scooby Snacks? Contact us, your local animal clinic, today!

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