Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1925, Pal the Wonder Dog would become best known for originating the role of Pete the Pup in Hal Roach’s Our Gang comedies. Appearing with a natural trademark ring around his eye (sometimes enhanced with dye during filming), this UKC-registered American Pit Bull Terrier would charm the hearts of children and adults alike.
At just six months of age, Pal the Wonder Dog appeared in The Freshman (1925), starring Harold Lloyd. He got his start as Tige in the Buster Brown series from the 1920s, later securing the role of Pete the Pup in Our Gang. Pal the Wonder dog was owned and trained by Lt. Harry Lucenay. Though Pal the Wonder Dog was a successful animal star in films, he also happened to be a beloved family dog to Lucenay.
Tragically, Pal the Wonder Dog was poisoned in 1930 and died. His son, Lucenay’s Peter, succeeded Pal the Wonder Dog in the role—sporting a ring around his eye in the mirror image of his father with the help of Max Factor makeup.
Sadly, there are no tributes to Pal the Wonder Dog today.