It's not uncommon in small towns, especially ones without enforced leash laws, for a dog or two to find its way to a new home, and even for that dog to bring a few friends. That's the idea behind this beloved classic, as the frantic efforts to resolve the problem in a hurry are funny, but the spirit behind those efforts--no one really wants to turn their back on the poor critters--is part of what makes this series so special. Although the plot is Opie-centric--and Ron Howard does a wonderful job as a little boy with a big heart--it's Don Knotts who steals the show, making the scene where he loads all the dogs into the squad car look so easy. And his dialogue is among the series' best--search out the unedited version on the DVD and listen to Barney's classic speech about dogs looking out for their own vs. giraffes. Also listen to Barney quote Shakespeare (!), another classic exchange. (Note: the TV Land version has some of the most beloved dialogue cut out for time reasons, search out the DVD version for the unedited, classic version.)
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