Fifty years after Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired on CBS, the mystery-solving Great Dane lives on in pop-culture. Sure, it’s mostly due to his forever useful phrase “ruh-roh,” but he also has a formidable presence on Instagram, where dog owners like to show off their lookalike Scoobies.
Hannah Lackey, of Greensboro, N.C., named her pup Scooby Melvin Doo, even though he’s a German Shepard mix. And honestly, he looks eerily similar to the cartoon version — although the matching blue collar definitely helps.
Even more importantly, Lackey’s Scooby is seemingly aware of his royal ancestry. “One day I put on the Scooby-Doo movie,” said Lackey, “and [he] actually sat there and watched the entire thing with [my husband and I].”
Geneva Heinkel, of Phoenix, Ariz. is a fellow Scooby owner who’s a longtime fan of the cartoon and is studying to be a veterinarian. Her Scooby-Doo, a Fawn Great Dane, even has the signature SD dog collar as seen on the cartoon Scooby.
“As a kid, I had a stuffed animal of Scooby-Doo that I slept with every night,” said Heinkel, “so when I grew up I always knew I wanted a Great Dane that looked just like him.”