So I was a huge Star Wars fan in the 70’s and started collecting action figures, but one of my favorite little action figures was actually a little robot dog from the original Battlestar Galactica. The little boy on the show, misfortunately named Boxey, lost his dog Muffit (though on the show they called domesticated canines “daggits”) and was incredibly sad. To ease Boxey’s emotional pain, his future stepfather, Apollo, asks a Dr. Wilker to furnish a prototype robotic daggit called Muffit I, shown here in doodlewash.

I don’t remember much about the show, but I do remember that I thought Muffit II was super cool. The tiny little action figure was equally awesome and used to make guest appearances with my Star Wars characters, as I was always disappointed none of them ever had dogs. I loved that they designed a robotic dog that wasn’t all hard and made of metal, but actually furry and huggable. The costume was admittedly bizarre because it looked like he was wearing a gas mask and held together by duct tape, but I still thought he was pretty darn cute.

To top it all off, articles appeared revealing that Muffit II was played by a live actor in the form of a chimpanzee named Evolution. These names were all ridiculous, but since my brother had recently named his cat “mouse lips” I just assumed that stupid names were all the rage back then. Thankfully, the article said the chimpanzee’s friends just called her Eve or Evie which seemed a little more friendly. To now imagine that Muffit II was a robot, a dog, and a chimpanzee made him one of the coolest characters a kid could imagine!

Today, most characters like this only show up on screen as 3D animations or animatronic puppets, if they show up at all. They don’t have quite the same charm as costumed live actors did. There was something amazing about seeing Muffit II awkwardly lope across the screen. No doubt Evie was having a terrible time moving in this crazy getup, but she always managed to make me smile. Though I’ll likely never own a robotic dog, or ever prefer them over the real thing if I could own one, the idea that it could exist like this is still really fun to imagine.

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

31 replies on “That Robot Dog From Battlestar Galactica

  1. What a cutie! I watched Battlestar Gallactica faithfully! And you are right that it’s amazing they used furry animal. Your doodlewashed fur is so soft-looking. Love it!


  2. Awwww, well no surprise I haven’t the foggiest about this, but he is pretty darn cute! Those big eyes are so loving and lovable! What a thoroughly weird but wonderful doodlewash – you’ve done it again, Charles.

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  3. Whoa..that was quite a trip down memory lane! I watched BSG because I was thirsty for more SF besides ST after SW (enough initials for ya?) and it was the only new SF show on. Watched the movie and was a bit disappointed with it but it didn’t stop me from watching the whole series.😀 Oddly enough, I’d totally forgotten about Muffit (probably because the new BSG never featured it. Seeing your awesome doodlewash brings me right back! It’s like seeing it on TV!

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