Tonight David Letterman will sign off for the last time, after 33 years of often irreverent, sometimes groundbreaking, and always spirited late-night television.
Letterman’s retirement has been such a momentous event in the entertainment world that the past two weeks have seen a parade of the biggest stars (and even bigger politicians—POTUS and FLOTUS, anyone?) marching through the famously frigid Ed Sullivan Theater to pay tribute. Among them are Bob Dylan, Tom Hanks, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and George Clooney.
To pay our own tribute to Dave, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite “Stupid Pet Tricks,” one of the most beloved of his recurring bits. Letterman is known to be gruff, except, that is, when it comes to dogs. Around dogs his guard drops, and out comes his inner softie. We know how you feel, Dave, and we hope that whatever your future holds, it includes plenty of canine companionship.
Sweet Sunshine is a Border Collie who gets her drink on (booze-free, of course)
Blow Bubbles? No trouble for Misha the Sheltie
And for the big finish, three dogs in one clip, with a bonus Stupid Human Trick