Thursday, July 19, 2018

'Bold and Beautiful' Gets Harry. Who Is Your Favorite Soap Opera Pet?

The Bold and the Beautiful recently added a furry new character, Harry, the son of the show's new stalker, Zoe, and her ex, Xander Avant. In his scenes so far, Harry has been played perfectly by (appropriately named) Purrfect, and I jokingly referred to him on Twitter as my favorite new soap opera character in ages.

It brought to mind the many random pets on soaps over the years, such as Todd Manning's parrot, a blue and gold macaw parrot named Moose, on One Life to Live; Daisy Cortlandt's cat, Bonkers, on All MY Children; and Victor Newman's trusty Young and the Restless dog, Zapata, who discovered his owner after he had an epileptic seizure. Another World's Felicia Gallant had a number of dogs over the years, including Bibi, Daisy and Paris. The list goes on and on.

Legendary soap writer Claire Labine once said it seemed "natural" to see pets on soaps.

"A lot can be conveyed by the interaction of pets with human characters," explained Labine.

Do you have a favorite soap opera pet from the past? Check out some clips below to refresh your memory.

There have also been countless (real and fake) animal appearances on soaps, such as the gorilla who kidnapped Cass Winthrop in the Another World finale or the bull that battled with Barbara Ryan on As the World Turns.

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