Title - Often an Orphan
Director - Chuck Jones
Released - 1949
Reason for Placement --
I can actually remember getting upset as a kid during the first moments of Often an Orphan: a man sets up a picnic with his dog, but when the dog runs after a stick to play fetch, the owner actually grabs his stuff and drives off, essentially leaving the dog on the side of the road. Being the die-hard animal lover, that moment made me pretty uneasy... until I figured out that the owner wasn't so much abandoning the animal, as escaping from Charlie Dog!
This short earns its spot on the countdown if for no reason than the speech Charlie gives Porky so he can stay on his farm, detailing how many breeds of dogs he comes from:
"I'm 50% Pointer (There it is! There it is), 50% Boxer, 50% Setter... Irish Setter, 50% Watchdog, 50% Spitz, 50% Doberman Pincher, but mostly, I'm all Labrador Retriever."
And remember, if you doubt his word, just go get a Labrador and he'll retrieve it!