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Poochini (or alternatively, Poochini's Yard) is a very obscure animated series created by Dave Thomas that aired on The WB 100+ Station Groupnote , running for a single season of 26 episodes. It is an American-German-Netherlands co-production, largely the work of DHX Media. The series follows the life of a high-class dog named Poochini (voiced by Billy West) who is adopted by an average family after his original owner passes away. It originally aired globally in 2000, but did not debut in the United States until 2002, where it ran until 2003.


The show has the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Bunk and Dirt live in the same house together.
  • Animal Talk: No human but the viewer can hear what the animals (Poochini included) are saying.
  • Ax-Crazy: Bunk and Dirt, as well as the ringmaster from "Freak Week". Considering that Poochini's their punching bag, yeah.
  • Berserk Button: Don't you ever, EVER go into Bunk's tub.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poochini never gets any respect from anyone.
  • Depending on the Writer: The characters on this show are very inconsistent. One episode Billy will be a mischievous kid who hurts Poochini either by accident or on purpose for his own amusement, in others he acts like a whimpy kid. In some episodes Poochini is the one who goes through all the abuse, in others he's the one who accidentally causes it to the Whites. Dirt and Bunk's dogs are either enemies of Poochini that attack him on sight or his best friends.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Among a few examples, mild swearing such as "hell" is occasionally used.
    • In "Yard Sale of the Century" Walter sells "his and her thongs".
    • "Leash Law" features a scene where Poochini runs through a wig and lingerie store and emerges with a wig and pantyhose, this is enough to arouse a group of pervy sailors that chase him into a dark alleyway and when Poochini emerges he is covered in kisses. Happens again almost frame for frame in "Remote Control".
    • In "League of Dogs" Poochini is forced to kiss a turtle that emerges from the water, and they both like it.
    • In "Psychic Dog", Billy gets a demonic voice and announces "I am the son of Satan", in some broadcasts, "Satan" is reversed so the audience can't pick up on it.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: In one episode, Walter had the idea of having Billy and Poochini camp in the backyard. Poochini later got abducted by Bunk who had him be his partner in crime.
  • Jerkass: Walter and Billy usually make Poochini's life miserable .
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The third game buddy from "The Tail" sounds like Brad Garrett.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In some episodes the Whites don't get punished for how they treat Poochini.
  • Recycled Animation: The scene in "Leash Law" where Poochini is practically molested by a group of sailors is recycled almost frame for frame in "Remote Control", which the only differences being the time of day and what clothes Poochini is wearing.
  • Simpleton Voice: The third member of Walter's game buddies from "The Tail" sound... err... what's the word?
  • Sissy Villain: Walter White is as much of a sissy as he is a jerk.
  • Too Dumb to Live: There's no intelligent person in this show, but Wendy stands at the top with her radical vegetarianism and forcing a vegetarian diet on everyone in the house, including the carnivorous Poochini.


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