Soccer (dog)

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Soccer as Wishbone Robin Hood.jpg
Soccer as Wishbone playing Robin Hood
Other name(s) Wishbone
Species Dog
Breed Jack Russell Terrier
Sex Male
Born 17 May 1988
Connecticut, United States
Died 26 June 2001(2001-06-26) (aged 13)
Plano, Texas, United States
Resting place Plano, Texas, United States
Occupation Animal actor
Notable role Wishbone on Wishbone
Years active 1995-2001
Training Back flip
Owner Jackie Martin Kaptan
Named after Soccer ball

Soccer (May 17, 1988 – June 26, 2001) was a Jack Russell Terrier dog actor. A veteran of many television commercials for companies like Nike Athletics and Mighty Dog Dog Food, he became famous portraying the talking dog Wishbone in the PBS television series of the same name. Chosen from out of more than 100 dogs who auditioned for the role, Soccer appeared in almost every episode of the show during its 1995-1998 run. He lived with his trainer, Jackie Martin Kaptan, on the Plano, Texas ranch where the Wishbone series was filmed and was buried there after his 2001 death. Soccer's role as Wishbone was considered by many to be one of the most beloved TV dogs of the 1990s.[1]


  1. ^ Beck, Ken; Clark, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of TV Pets. Nashville, Tenn.: Rutledge Hill Press. ISBN 978-1-55853-981-5. 

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