Air Buddy (dog)

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Not to be confused with Buddy (dog).
Air Buddy
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Golden Retriever
Sex Male
Born c. 1988
Sierra Nevada
Died February 10, 1998
San Diego, California
Occupation Dog actor
Notable role Comet in Full House
Buddy in Air Bud
Fluke in Fluke
Years active 1989-1998
Owner Kevin Di Cicco

Buddy (1986 - February 10, 1998) was an American dog actor, best known for playing Comet in the television series Full House and playing Buddy in the film Air Bud and for the Air Bud series of films based on his character. In February 1998, Buddy died in his sleep.[1]

Early life[edit]

Buddy was found by Kevin di Cicco as a stray dog in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the summer of 1989.[2] Kevin di Cicco adopted the disheveled dog and brought him home to San Diego, where he trained him in the sports of basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and hockey.

His first appearance was on America's Funniest Home Videos.[3] He then gained further fame dunking baskets on David Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks segment of the Late Show with David Letterman.[4]


Buddy played the role of Comet in 6 seasons (1989–95) of ABC's hit sitcom Full House, which began airing in 1987.

In 1995, Buddy starred as a dog, that was reincarnated after a business man's death, in the film Fluke.[5]

Buddy was also well known for his stardom in Disney's 1997 film Air Bud for the role of Buddy, a dog abandoned by his previous owner. In the movie, he moved in with a boy named Josh who was depressed due to the death of his father. He appeared on the Kids' Choice Awards in 1998, where he was nominated for a Blimp Award for the movie. Air Bud: Golden Receiver was made in his memory.

Illness and death[edit]

In 1997, Buddy had his right hind leg amputated due to synovial cell sarcoma, a type of cancer that manifests near the joints.[6][7] Buddy died in his sleep due to complications from cancer on February 10, 1998 at his owner's San Diego home.[8][9]


Buddy's story is told in the 2012 book Go Buddy!, written by his owner Kevin di Cicco.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Status
1998 Kids' Choice Awards Nominated[10][11]


Year Title Role
1995 Fluke Fluke
1997 Air Bud Buddy


Year Title Role
1989–1995 Full House Comet the Dog

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "‘Air Bud’ Star Dies Of Cancer". The Spokesman-Review. February 13, 1998. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Go Buddy! The Air Butt Story, by Kevin di Cicco, Air Bud Publishing Group, 2012.
  3. ^ Tony Perry (August 9, 1992). "Once Again, It's Man's Best Friend to the Rescue". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Margaret A. McGurk (August 14, 1998). "Wholesome Air Bud scores with youngsters". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Natural History". 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  6. ^ Shirliey Fung (August 22, 1997). "Hound For Glory". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Tribune News Services (August 7, 1997). "Cancer Can't Ground `Air Bud' Hoops Pooch". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ Tribune News Services (February 13, 1998). "Athletic Canine Star Of `Air Bud' Film Dies". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "‘Air Bud’ Star Dies Of Cancer,". The Spokesman-Review. February 13, 1998. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Melanie Mcfarland (April 3, 1998). "The Kids Get Their Say For Nickelodeon Awards". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kids Pick The Winners On Nick". New York Daily News. March 29, 1998. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 

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