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I only just now noticed something: could the dog in the bowling alley be the same dog as seen in the Big Lebowski's house?

When Dude and Walter leave the Bowling alley, the dog is seen barking at Walter's legs -- outdoors and loose; and when they get in the car, they do not appear to let the dog in. Near the end, when Dude and Walter go into Lebowski's house just after Bunny had crashed-arrived, there is a similar dog again barking at Walter's legs.

The two dogs look very similar to me. Are we supposed to think that somehow this is the same dog? Perhaps found and taken in by the Big Lebowski?

  • It could be, they may have just reused the dog for the scenes. – Timothy G. May 30 '17 at 15:23
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It's all the same dog, and it's basically just a goof.

The dog following them to Lebowski's house after Bunny comes back is Walter's dog according to the official script (and also in this script online).

The Dude and Walter nevertheless continue toward the great study. Walter's dog follows, stiffly wagging its tail.

And we know it's Walter's dog because it's in the van when Walter picks the Dude up. We can hear the dog barking in the van and briefly see it sticking its head out the window in the background when the Dude is talking to the private detective. It also follows Walter around at Lebowski's house, and it obviously looks the same.

So that previous scene is basically just a goof, and IMDb and Moviemistakes.com seem to concur. But I'm saying 'basically' because it could be explained, at a stretch: When we see Walter placing the empty cage on the roof of the car, opening the door and putting his bowling ball inside, we hear what sounds like dog claws shuffling and its tag rattling before Walter closes the door. Though he never looked down, he held the door open long enough for the dog to jump in (we just didn't see it), and probably didn't bother to put it in its cage just for the ride home.

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