(not a menace)
My interest was really piqued, though, when I heard that Martin Scorsese was ticked off. See, this movie Hugo came out this last year (Based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, which I confess I have not read yet, but do intend to. Eventually.) In the movie, there is a Doberman (whose real name is "Blackie", apparently. I'm not sure if that's registered name or call name) who, predictably, is used to menace children. I haven't seen the movie (yet) so I can't comment one way or another on the depiction. But, get this, Scorsese said, in an Op-ed column in the LA Times that the Golden Collar awards people were breedist, and that we've accepted antiheros in human actors and should in canines as well (paraphrased from said article. It's well written and I urge you to read it).
Scorsese called fans to action, asking that they went to the Dog News Daily Facebook page and demand Blackie be a write-in. Dog News Daily was sportsmanlike, and said something along the lines of "Sure, we'll include Blackie, for 500 votes." (paraphrased. I wasn't there). Need I mention that Blackie got the votes, in less than a day?
I really appreciate that Scorsese was willing to kick up a stink about this. The Doberman breed needs people like him in Hollywood! Of course I have all kinds of questions about Blackie...what breeder she's from, her lineage, etc. Who knows, she and Elka might share relatives!