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How many of you are old enough to remember Sam the Sheepdog, or Wile E. Coyote’s first cousin, Ralph E Wolf?
Even though one is supposedly a wolf and the other a coyote, they look identical except for the color of their eyes and nose. The reason is they were both created by the same cartoonist at Warner Bros., who had the Looney Tunes and Merry Melody series. Therefore I refer to them as first cousins.
Ralph’s nemesis was Sam the Sheepdog. They both spoke to each other at the timeclock each morning as they clocked in for their shift. Sam headed out to watch the flock, and Ralph (Wiley’s “cousin”) started his plotting and scheming to get a meal of fresh sheep. The pace wasn’t quite as frantic as the Roadrunner cartoons, but Ralph’s luck was no better then than Wiley’s in the Roadrunner cartoon series.
Both cartoon series originated around 1950. Here’s a short YouTube clip of Sam and Ralph — you’ll probably remember it once you see it.