That wasn’t just any dog prancing on Hollywood Boulevard at Sycamore Avenue late Monday morning.
An actor in a Snoopy suit joined Craig Schulz of Santa Rosa for the unveiling of the globally adored beagle’s star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Today, Snoopy, you’ve made it!” Schulz declared before a crowd that gathered for the dedication of the walk’s 2,563rd star. It’s located next to the one placed in 1996 for “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, who died in 2000 at his Santa Rosa home.
Speakers included producer, actor and author Paul Feig, who told a captivated audience that Snoopy was not only his hero, but he grew up wanting to be the imaginative dog.
“Snoopy is a free spirit. He doesn’t care that the things he wants to be – a World War I flying ace, a vulture, an astronaut, an alligator … seemed crazy to other people,” Feig said. “He does what he wants and has fun doing it. Snoopy's the part of us that wants to cut loose, that wants to soar and be free … not caring what other people think, not caring what other people say, but instead, living out the rich fantasy life that exists inside all of us.”
Monday’s ceremony came in a big week for Schulz’s family and admirers of the Charlie Brown gang. Just the day before, Craig Schulz and the cartoonist’s widow, Jean Schulz of Santa Rosa, attended the world premiere of 20th Century Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie,” which opens Friday at theaters across the nation.
Snoopy becomes the first beagle on the Walk of Fame, and the fourth dog behind TV’s Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart.