So by this point, if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I love comparing books to animals. But what if I compared film characters to animals? Well, I know a lot of lurchers, and obviously they’re all very different personality-wise, but most do have a lot in common. For me, I think there are two main kinds of lurcher; bull lurcher and your standard lurcher (I know there are others, these are just most relevant to me and to this post, please don’t shout at me…). Bull lurchers are loving, cuddly and boisterous. They love to run, but they have solid heads and solid bodies which they seem to feel no pain in. They’re the tanks of the dog world. Standard lurchers are the skinny ones; the greyhound, saluki or whippet crosses. Those too are loving, but have a tendency to either be snooty or a little bit naughty! They love to run and may even play boisterously, but are still quite different to bull lurchers.
This is Hunter, my saluki lurcher and he is Melman. Why, you ask? Well I will tell you!
1. His legs are too long for his brain to handle and (especially when he was younger), he would fall over on turns and stumble a lot…he
still has problems with his wrist because he runs too hard on it and then wakes up with it in a lot of pain. He also often squeals when he scratches his ear with his feet… Melman is also clumsy and he lands in a drum kit, slides around everywhere he goes and gets his head stuck in the clock at Grand Central Station.
2. He thinks he’s hurt himself even when he hasn’t…he will scream like he’s just been shot and limp back to us and if we just massage the offending foot for a minute, he happily runs off again. I believe if he could talk, he would relate to this Melman quote: “I’m calling in sick; I found another brown spot on my shoulder…right here!”. And another; “ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow”.
3. He hates being dirty…although I doubt this is because he’s scared of the germs associated with dirt, it still has a good link as at the start of the film, a pair of underpants lands on Melman’s head and he is terrified of them and the germs on them.
4. He loves attention, even medical attention. He quite enjoys taking tablets as he’s taken painkillers so often so he isn’t phased by it and doesn’t mind it at all! He likes to wear a bandage or wrist support and stopper-pad protectors. Melman doesn’t want to leave the zoo to go after Marty because other zoos wouldn’t be able to cater to his needs of accupuncture, medicines, regular scans and all the many special requirements he has to do with his medical health.
5. One of his favourite things is sleep! He sleeps at night, he doesn’t like to get up early, he goes to bed quite eagerly at night and he can sleep for the vast majority of the day except for food times. Melman is quite sleepy too, as he says “Sleeping just knocks me out” proving that he can wake up tired, as does Hunter. (PS: baby Hunter is very cute!!)
6. He tends to panic very easily…So he’s quite a calm chap and he won’t really cause any problems at all on walks, but he does have friends he loves to run with. However, if he gets barged or knocked over by other dogs, or if they run dangerously close to him, he will have a little melt down and be subdued for the rest of the walk, usually hidden behind your legs. Unfortunately, poor Melman also panics about nearly everything; he hyperventilates, he hides his head in the sand, he repeats everything he says in a manic way and at one point he even digs his own grave complete with his will.
7. He loves food, a lot! He’s a good lad and at home, he won’t steal and he hardly even moves to get his own dinner, but pretty much anything you take to him is gone in seconds! On a walk, he’s a pesky little devil as he knows who brings treats on walks, so he knows who to pester and he will stay near them until they feed him! Melman finds a “mint” on the way to saving Marty and although Alex takes it off him, he still sneakily reaches around him so that he can take the “mint” back!
8. He’s a clever boy but not in the conventional way of being clever…For example, he isn’t very good at learning ‘tricks’, but he’s a star at agility. He knows how to annoy his brother and how to avoid going on his lead if he’s determined to stay off it (don’t worry though, he comes back once treats are involved!). When they arrive on the island, Melman’s first instinct is that it’s San Diego Zoo, which is a semi-logical assumption, and he even uses intelligent reasoning to back himself up. He says the sands are pale and the rocks are large, but unfortunately he was wrong completely…
9. He adores to be pampered; he loves fuss, he loves massages and he just loves attention all round. He loves to be brushed and he really likes to be snuggled and tucked under a duvet. To win over the “aliens/freaks”, King Julian pampers the main four and Melman loves it a lot as he has a lot of attention and feels looked after!
10. Finally, he’s a brave soul when he needs to be; he’s defended his two ‘siblings’ multiple times and he’s also defended friends he doesn’t even live with. He’s also defended me and my little sister when we’ve been out on walks with him, so despite all his fears and nervousness, he can be brave when he feels he needs to protect the ones he loves. Towards the end of the film, it’s actually Melman who scoops up Marty away from the foosa who are attacking him! A surprise rescue from seemingly the world’s most fearful giraffe is very similar to the feelings we get when Hunter defends his family/friends!
Is there an obvious link between your pet and a film/book character? Please do comment and tell me all about your strange pets’ behaviours/likes!