I would pay thousands for a recording of this dog’s “loud belching sound.”
Following up on a very important post from last month: Hollywood dog trainer Joel Silverman responded to my e-mail inquiry regarding the fate of Bear, the dog who “played” Dreyfuss on early ’90s Richard Mulligan vehicle “Empty Nest.” Sez Joel:
[Bear] was retired I believe in a home of the trainer that took over the show after the 4th season. I did the show from seasons 1-4. He had a great home. He is missed!!!”
I take this final line to mean Bear is no longer with us (which makes sense, considering the average lifespan of Canis lupus familiaris). Fear not; this mysterious second trainer will be tracked down and questioned about the (assumed) final days of everyone’s favorite Dinah Manoff co-star.
Perhaps you recognize him. His name is Bear, and for seven seasons he played the lovable Dreyfuss opposite Richard Mulligan on NBC’s “Empty Nest.” According to the webmaster of EmptyNestOnline.net, Bear’s current whereabouts are unknown (which is crazy, because that person’s kept tabs on Marsha Warfield AND Lise Rieffel).
I would like to ramp up the search for Bear as I think he was the most underrated dog in TV history and I’m very concerned about his post-fame life. I hope he’s not wandering the streets of St. Louis on a never-ending quest for edible garbage. I hope someone sweet it taking care of him. Someone get Richard Mulligan’s estate on the phone.
IF YOU have any information about the current whereabouts of Bear the Dog, please do not call Robert Stack or “Unsolved Mysteries.” That show’s been off the air forever. Just e-mail me, alright?