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Why oh why do we call Roscoe Purvis? The secret is revealed (and it only requires a little knowledge of law enforcement in Hazzard County).
Many dogs who have come to Chez Herd have required a name adjustment. Typhoon, for example, came to us named Ty, but the Hu-Dad likes two syllable names for clarity in a larger pack (a reader suggested the natural disaster name). Roscoe, however, came with his name and we never changed it. But how did Purvis get attached?
We’ll warn you—this is obscure. In the TV show Dukes of Hazzard of the 70’s and 80’s, the Duke brothers’ nemesis was Hazzard County Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrain. And what did the P stand for? Why, Purvis, of course.
Now for the real trivia. Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrain did not first appear in Dukes of Hazzard any more than the Duke boys did. The popular TV show was based on a movie released several years earlier—Moonrunners starring James Mitchum and narrated by Waylon Jennings—where the Dukes were a family of moonshiners. Bet you never saw that movie.
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Love it!! Used to watch Dukes of Hazard all the time!!!
Good one! I cannot believe my husband didn’t get this one!! He drives me crazy with past TV trivia. Thanks for the fluffy distractions ????
Waited to find out the answer. I did see that movie, stationed in Japan at that time and saw it off base
I think be you have moved too far south with those Northern Breed dogs :0
Good choice!! Never would have thought of that one.
I will admit to NOT seeing that movie-Hu-Dad! I am happy that you found a great attachment(aka Nickname) to Roscoe’s name!!! Good job.