My Dog Tulip

Synopsis: The story of a man who rescues a German shepherd and how the two become fast friends.
Genre: Animation, Drama
Production: New Yorker Films
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

Silence, please!


Take care, sir.


My dog is an Alsatian b*tch.

Her name is Tulip.

I've never owned a dog

before her.

Alsatians have a bad reputation.

They are said to bite the hand

that feeds them.

Indeed, Tulip bit my hand once,

but accidentally.

She mistook it

for a rotten apple

we were both trying to grab


One of her canines sank

into my thumb joint to the bone.

Oh, well.

We... we all make mistakes.

And she was dreadfully sorry.

She rolled over

with all her legs in the air,

and, later on, when she saw

the bandage on my hand,

she put herself in the corner,

the darkest corner

of the bedroom,

and stayed there

for the rest of the afternoon.

She could hardly do more

by way of apology,

for she'd become

so hysterically excited

at the mere hint

of being taken out for a walk

that she rushes into the kitchen

to grab the vegetables

and scatters them

all about the corridor

as if they were rose petals,

marking her ascension

to heaven.

It seems to me

both touching and strange

that she should find the world

so wonderful.

# Piddle, piddle,

seal, and sign #

# I'll smell your ass #

# you smell mine #

# human beings

are prudes and bores #

# you smell my arse #

# I'll smell yours #

# human beings

are prudes and bores #

# you smell my arse #

# I smell yours #


When children are difficult,

the cause is often traced

to their home.

And it was upon Tulip's

first home

that I blamed

her unsociable conduct.

She had originally belonged

to some working-class people

who, though fond of her

in their way,

seldom took her out.

She was too excitable.

For nearly a year,

she scarcely left the house,

but spent her time mostly alone

in a tiny backyard

while they were at work all day.

She could hardly be expected,


to learn the ways of a world

she so rarely visited.

The only training

she ever received

was an occasional thrashing

for the destruction

which her owners discovered

when they returned home.

Alsatians, in particular,

do not take kindly to beatings.

They're too intelligent

and too nervous.

It was from this life,

when she was 18 months old,

that I rescued her,

and to it that I attributed

the disturbances of her psyche.

Thereafter it was clear that

if she could have had her way,

she would never let me

out of her sight again.

While I was extremely grateful

to the gallant stranger

who had come to my rescue,

Tulip's subsequent behavior

may have caused him

to regret his kindness.

The journey home

was, however, mercifully short,

and I held high expectations

of a less-fraught stroll

along the towpath of the thames

to my flat in putney.

She was so unused to

being out in the world

that she could not differentiate

between the swollen river

lapping the towpath

and a mere puddle.

She rushed into it

and immediately sank.

I hastened to her rescue,

but I could scarcely

help laughing

at the sight of her

when I heaved her out.

She was less amused than i.

This unexpected immersion

had one useful consequence,


The coal dust in the yard

in which she had been confined

by her former owners

was washed clean away.

And so it was

that this beautiful creature

came into my life

and transformed it.

By the end

of that eventful first day,

she, too, had undergone

a metamorphosis,

from beggar maid to princess.

And it was i,

the somewhat shabby hero

of my own storybook,

who had rescued her

and won her heart.

In the journal

of general Bertrand,

Napoleon's grand marshal,

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Paul Fierlinger

Paul Fierlinger (born March 15, 1936 as Pavel Fierlinger) is a creator of animated films and shorts, especially animated documentaries. He is also a part-time lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Design. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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