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Episode Guide

    • One Thousand and One Tails
      One Thousand and One Tails
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      While greed threatens to grip the humans around him, Wishbone imagines himself as Ali Baba among forty thieves. The sheer power of 1001 Arabian Nights seems overwhelming.
    • Halloween Hound: The Legend of the Creepy Collars Part One
      Joe and his two best friends, David and Samantha, form a team to go on a Halloween scavenger hunt. Damont also competes in the game, but he tries to win by cheating. Meanwhile, Wishbone imagines himself as Ichabod Crane in Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
    • The Prince and The Pooch
      The Prince and The Pooch
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      When Joe starts thinking about becoming a coach he gets a chance to test his skills coaching Emily's tee-ball team. Meanwhile Wishbone becomes the Prince of Wales and the pauper Tom Canty in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.
    • The Pawloined Paper
      The Pawloined Paper
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      Joe has a substitute teacher for his class, who he likes a lot. After a word puzzle he makes up about her gets snatched, courtesy of Curtis, Joe must get it back before anyone sees it. Meanwhile, Wishbone tears the living room upside down looking for his toy newspaper, which is right under his nose the whole time, just like where the stolen letter is hidden in today's story "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allen Poe.moreless
    • Frankenbone
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      David claims that through his experiments he has discovered the secret of life. Wishbone compares the mysterious experiment to the Mary Shelly horror, "Frankenstein".
    • Hercules Unleashed
      Hercules Unleashed
      Season 1 - Episode 34
      While Samantha seeks the perfect gift for her father's birthday, Wishbone plays up Hercules, seeking the Golden Apples of the Hesperides.
    • Salty Dog
      Salty Dog
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      Samantha convinces Joe and David to help her look for a "magic" horseshoe that is rumored to be nailed somewhere inside an old rickety barn in a remote wooded area of Oakdale. Wishbone notes Sam's adventurous spirit and her eager determination to fulfill her quest, and compares her to Jim Hawkins in Robert Louis Stevenson's book "Treasure Island".moreless
    • Furst Impressions
      Furst Impressions
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      While Sam, David, and Joe agonize over finding a date for the pending dance, Wishbone goes over the story of "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin.
    • Rosie, Oh, Rosie, Oh!
      Rosie, Oh, Rosie, Oh!
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Wishbone, not wearing his collar, gets taken to the pound where he meets a beautiful female dog named Rosie. The inside story is that of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare
    • Groomed for Greatness
      Groomed for Greatness
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      A statue to honor Wishbone consumes David's every waking moment, or at least that's what his friends think. It appears to Wishbone that David strikes a chord with Pip in Dickens's Great Expectations.
    • Hot Diggety Dawg
      Hot Diggety Dawg
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      Wishbone digs for Wanda, turning the day into the pages of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
    • Shakespaw
      Season 1 - Episode 32
      David runs into no end of problems while staging a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
    • Pup Fiction
      Pup Fiction
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Intrigue and mystery surrounds a letter addressed to Wanda. In trying to trace the anonymous note, Wishbone drifts into Jane Austen's gothic horror novel Northanger Abbey.
    • The Prince of Wags
      The Prince of Wags
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      The weight of leadership weighs heavy on Joe as captain of the school basketball team, and on Wishbone in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I.
    • A Tail in Twain Part One
      A Tail in Twain Part One
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      The kids have an end-of-summer adventure in Jackson Park and learn about the power of stories. Wishbone, as Tom Sawyer, has an adventure with Huck Finn in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".
    • Muttketeer!
      Season 1 - Episode 33
      Wishbone is always eager to make friends. He does so in the real world at the local school. And as D'Artagnan, Wishbone makes friends of the Three Musketeers.
    • A Tail in Twain Part Two
      A Tail in Twain Part Two
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Picking up from the last episode, going to explore the No Name Grave in Jackson Park, Wishbone and the kids find a man digging it up. He chases them out of the park and Joe tells Ellen what's going on. She enlists the assistance of Wanda Gilmore and they return the next morning to find out what's going on in Oakdale. Meanwhile, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, still worried about Crazy Joe coming back to kill them, go hunting for treasure in a haunted house, and their worst fear is confirmed when the treasure's owner, Crazy Joe, comes to get it.moreless
    • Digging Up the Past
      Digging Up the Past
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Wishbone and Joe meet a charming elderly Oakdale resident who has returned after a long absense, and together they search for a "time capsule" in Joe's backyard. Meanwhile, Wishbone imagines himself as Rip van Winkle, who falls asleep in the forest and wakes up twenty years later to discover that a whole new nation (the USA) has been born.moreless
    • Mixed Breeds
      Mixed Breeds
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      Secrets abound in all people. Wanda and Mr. Pruitt find that out themselves, as does Wishbone in his visions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
    • Twisted Tail
      Twisted Tail
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      A crime wave hits Oakdale, making the kids selective in choosing friends and giving Wishbone a chance to dream of Oliver Twist.
    • Bone of Contention
      Bone of Contention
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Joe and David's friendship is tested when they both are interested in the same girl. Wishbone, as John Alden, and his best friend have to decide how valuable their friendship really is in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Courtship of Miles Standish."
    • Paw Prints of Thieves
      Paw Prints of Thieves
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      When Joe gets under the crosshairs for what appears to be a good deed, Wishbone imagines himself as Robin Hood.
    • The Roamin' Nose
      The Roamin' Nose
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      It's graduation time for the middle-school students, as they face the uncertain future in more ways than one. Wishbone sees a future with just as many question marks in Virgil's The Aeneid.
    • Halloween Hound: The Legend of the Creepy Collars Part Two
      Continuation of Part 1.
    • The Slobbery Hound
      The Slobbery Hound
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Wishbone searches for a wandering dog who is wreaking havoc with garbage cans and items in people's yards and porches. Wishbone imagines himself as Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles", where he works to track down a murderer who uses a giant hound to commit his crimes.
    • War of the Noses
      War of the Noses
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      A betrayed Wishbone lapses into the character Richard Shelton in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow.
    • A Tale of Two Sitters
      A Tale of Two Sitters
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      Joe & David have to babysit Emily & her friend, interrupting their Saturday plans. When the boys ignore them so that they can play, the girls make a mess out of Joe's house. When Joe & David finally check on the girls, they blame Wishbone for the damage. Wishbone imagines he's in A Tale of Two Cities.moreless
    • Little Big Dog
      Little Big Dog
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      In David and Goliath, Wishbone has more bravery than the David we know from this series.
    • Rushin' to the Bone
      Rushin' to the Bone
      Season 1 - Episode 39
      Wishbone dramatizes Gogol's The Inspector General.
    • Moonbone
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Would you believe a missing Super Bowl ring could be traced to Wishbone? Hard for him to notice, as he imagines himself as Franklin Blake in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone.
    • Golden Retrieved
      Golden Retrieved
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Wishbone is distressed with his owner Joe's infatuation with his new mountain bike, which causes Joe to pay less attention to Wishbone, and to act less caring and patient towards him. Then when Wishbone goes missing for a day, Joe realizes how much Wishbone means to him, and how his dog's company is so much more important than his new bike. Meanwhile, as Silas Marner, Wishbone learns the value of human warmth and companionship as opposed to acquired wealth.moreless
    • A Dogged Expose
      A Dogged Expose
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      Wishbone is Sherlock Holmes, deftly trying to stop a mastermind from the pages of A Scandal in Bohemia while Samantha is unwillingly tangled in a scandal at Oakdale.
    • The Hunchdog of Notre Dame
      The Hunchdog of Notre Dame
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Samantha befriends a boy named Nathaniel who is having trouble making friends on the hockey team because he is not a very good skater. She spends so much time with him that Joe and David become jealous. Meanwhile Wishbone has his own trouble making friends as Quasimodo standing for and defending Esmerelda in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.moreless
    • Wishbone's Dog Days Of The West
      Wishbone's Dog Days Of The West
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Wishbone yearns for the pioneer days, pretending to be "Long Bill" Longley in O. Henry's Heart of the Old West.
    • Picks of the Litter
      Picks of the Litter
      Season 1 - Episode 40
      The obligatory flashback episode (and the only best-of the series would ever see).
    • Bark That Bark
      Bark That Bark
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      David overloads on responsibilities and doesn't understand the wisdom of asking for help. Wishbone explores the power of wisdom as it lies within two African-American folk tales.
    • Barking at Buddha
      Barking at Buddha
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Wishbone wants to be a hero and tries to rescue two misguided youngsters when they set out to impress the older kids. As "Monkey," he yearns to be immortal and seeks a position of importance in Wu Ch'eng-en's Chinese folktale.
    • The Entrepawneur
      The Entrepawneur
      Season 1 - Episode 36
      Based on a portion of the epic poem "Metamorphoses," by the ancient Roman poet Ovid, this episode focuses on the story of King Midas. Meanwhile, Joe is in a "touchy" situation with his friends David and Samantha when he hires them to help run his summer grocery delivery business. See more at RECAPmoreless
    • Sniffing the Gauntlet
      Sniffing the Gauntlet
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      It’s a battle of words in the class spelling bee. The competition is fierce but when Samantha has an allergic reaction and can’t go to school David is left alone to win it for the team. Meanwhile Wishbone has his own battles to think about. Fighting the Normans and defending the honor of the beautiful Rebecca as Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe.moreless
    • Cyranose
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Wishbone is Cyrano de Bergerac, serenading Roxanne with poetry.
    • Fleabitten Bargain
      Fleabitten Bargain
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Joe is dazzled by a virtual-reality machine demonstrated by a cunning salesman at a town fair. Meanwhile, Wishbone, as Faust, learns that making big sacrifices just to gain immediate satisfaction is not necessarily the wisest choice in the long run.
    • Pantin' at the Opera
      Pantin' at the Opera
      Season 1 - Episode 37
      It's a scary day at the library when the kids meet the former librarian who supposedly died recently. Things get more complicated when Ellen is threatened and reference books start disappearing. Meanwhile Wishbone has a scary story of his own in Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera."
    • !Viva Wishbone!
      !Viva Wishbone!
      Season 1 - Episode 35
      The power of love, for Wishbone, plays itself out in Our Lady of Guadalupe.
    • Terrified Terrier
      Terrified Terrier
      Season 1 - Episode 31
      Now Wishbone feels wounded as he dreams of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage.
    • The Impawssible Dream
      The Impawssible Dream
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Wishbone, while watching Joe pursue his impossible dream of making the book of world records, thinks of Don Quixote.
    • Dances With Dogs
      Dances With Dogs
      Season 1 - Episode 38
      Lee Natonabah, a Native-American friend of Joe's, speaks about Navajo culture and story-telling, while Wishbone imagines himself as a young brave in a story that Lee tells.
    • Homer Sweet Homer
      Homer Sweet Homer
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Wishbone dreams of home in Homer's "The Odyssey." Meanwhile, the kids try to save some old trees from developers.
    • The Canine Cure
      The Canine Cure
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      This time, Wishbone imagines The Imaginary Invalid by Molière.
    • The Count's Account
      The Count's Account
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      Damont gets David into trouble after he uses one of David's inventions. Meanwhile, Wishbone as Edmond Dantes seeks revenge against his enemies in Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo".
    • Bark to the Future
      Bark to the Future
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      Joe learns that his own intellect can never be replaced by modern technology. Meanwhile, Wishbone, as The Time Traveler, finds that in the year 802,701 the lazy Eloi have allowed their intellect to be replaced by technology in H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine".
    • Bone of Arc
      Bone of Arc
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Samantha becomes the heroine of the boys' soccer team, while Wishbone becomes her ally. Meanwhile, Joan of Arc leads the men of the French Army against the English in Mark Twain's Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Wishbone is her friend, Louis de Conte.
    • Tails Of Terror
      Tails Of Terror
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      When his human family notices that something strange is happening in the neighborhood, literary dog Wishbone (Larry Brantley) decides that he will put his courage to the test and try to crack the case. All his sleuthing in the dead of night reminds the well-read terrier of classically spooky Halloween tales.moreless