Mysterious Bladerunner 2049 Dog Wins Palm Dog USA Award

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Bladerunner 2049 may have come out last year, but fans have since been left wondering what happened to main hero Deckard’s dog. Turns out the unknown, uncredited dog won the first-ever title of Palm Dog USA prize!

The Palm Dog awards are well known amongst the Cannes Film Festival crew–well, at least the dog lovers of that crew. It’s a canine competition of movie dogs and this year, it held the first ever awards ceremony in the United States.

Organizer Toby Rose says the Palm Dog USA awards celebrated a ‘bowser year’ on the big screen, and while an adorable little corgi from Darkest Hour won the Grand Jury Prize of Palm Dog USA, top dog rights went to the four-legged friend to hero Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049.

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Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, had the loyal pup who drank whiskey with him at every adventurous twist and turn in the sequel, with Rose saying that only a dog could be the perfect companion to Ford’s grouchy old futuristic Blade Runner character.

The mysterious dog doesn’t have an actual credit in the film’s IMDB page, but online chat rooms rumor him to have many different geneolgoy options. Some claim it to be an Estrela Mountain Dog or a Caucasian Ovcharka. Even Denis Villeneuve, the film’s director, doesn’t share with the public whether the dog is a ‘real’ dog, or replicant–the film’s group of bioengineered humans/creatures who were enslaved by humans but led a resistance group.

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Rose says that while the sequel may leave viewers with tons of unanswered questions, the main one is what happened to Deckard’s dog in the end? Rose theorizes that replicant rebels probably ate it, while commenters on Does The Dog Die? have theorized that the dog does not die, and lives a happy life with Deckard’s newly found daughter.

While the world may never know, we do know that clearly, he’s a good, good boy to win such a prestigious awared!

Lori Ennis
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