Love That Pup

Love That Pup Title

Directed by
Produced by
Story by
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music by
Animation by
Distributed by
Release date
October 1, 1949
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Followed by

Love That Pup is a 1949 Tom and Jerry cartoon.



Spike is sleeping beside his son Tyke when Tyke suddenly wakes up from a bad dream. Spike comforts his son back to sleep again and no sooner does Tyke doze off then Tom and Jerry enter the scene. Tom runs through a door and into some spades, rakes and hoes, as Jerry hides among the two dogs. To find Jerry, Tom picks Tyke up to look underneath the puppy. Tom holds up his right hand and sees nothing, then holds up his left hand, and drops Tyke in fear before smiling nervously as he tries to run away. Spike grabs Tom by the whiskers and issues him an ultimatum: leave Tyke alone or suffer the consequences. Tom runs and collides with the fountain, tree, and clothesline hanger, then lastly a trashcan.

Jerry emerges from behind Tyke and walks off casually until Tom comes running back. Jerry takes cover by diving into what appears to be Spike's jaw, but he really ducked under the dog's chin. Seeing the dog smack his lips as if having eaten the mouse, Tom carefully places his hand in Spike's mouth while the dog is sleeping, and Jerry emerges from his hiding place and slams the bulldog's jaws shut with Tom's hand still in it. Tom yells in pain and leaps back, causing Spike to wake up as Tom struggles to free his hand, After he accidentally pulls out Spike's teeth, he smiles innocently and uses Spike's teeth as-castanets while doing a Flamenco dance (while clicking to the tune of "The Mexican Hat Dance") out of the scene and runs away, dropping the teeth on the bucket. 

A few moments later, Tom spies Jerry sleeping next to Tyke, now using the dogs as a shield. Hiding behind Tyke's kennel, he reaches out for Jerry, so Jerry moves Tyke's tail into Tom's grip, so that Tom ends up grabbing Tyke. After running off with the little pup, Tom realizes his mistake. He turns around to see a sleeping Spike feeling for Tyke and rushes back, taking on the role of Tyke. To wake up the dog, Jerry lifts up Tyke's kennel and slams it on Tom's tail. Tom screams in pain, and Spike picks him up and pats him on the back. Just then, Tyke walks back onto the scene and whimpers. Spike looks at Tom suspiciously. Tom duplicates Tyke's whimpering and barking, but accidentally meows when he tries to duplicate his growl. Spike angrily growls at Tom until Tom clamps his jaws on the dog's nose and runs away. Tom takes a detour to the side, sets up a rake for the dog to run into if he follows him, and then watches as Spike takes the original route. Knowing he's lost his opponent, he runs back through the detour and onto his own rake.

Tom finally realizes that in order to get Jerry, Spike, who is effectively Jerry's shield, must be removed from the picture. He does this by dangling a large piece of steak from a clothesline. A sleeping Spike (who holds a shotgun) senses the delectable piece of meat, and sleepwalks after the steak. Jerry, who had tied himself to Tyke as a precautionary measure, is privy to what Tom is trying to accomplish. All of Jerry's efforts to wake up the mesmerized dog fail, and he ends up getting flattened by Spike. Tom successfully locks Spike in a garden shed before an evil smile is shot in Jerry's direction. A horrified Jerry runs and Tom catches him, trapping him inside of an upturned barrel and hammering a cork in its knot hole. However, without Tom noticing, Jerry escapes through the side of the barrel and puts Tyke under the barrel instead.

Spike busts himself out of the shed and under the impression the cat has been at Tyke again, rushes up to Tom angrily and demands to know where his son is, threatening to skin him alive if Tyke is underneath the barrel. Tom confidently starts to lifts up the barrel, until he hears a whistle, and looks to his side to see Jerry lying on a nearby fence, waving to him. Tom does a double gulp, realizing he is in serious trouble. Spike, who was glaring angrily at Jerry due to the trouble he caused, demands that Tom lift up the barrel. Shivering, Tom begins to lift the barrel, only to have Spike impatiently swipe it. Tyke is lying underneath it, wiggling his tail at his father. Tom makes a quick exit, but runs into Spike, who still blames Tom for putting Tyke in the barrel (not realizing that Jerry is responsible) and attacks Tom - skinning him alive off-screen. Tom screams in great pain and props were thrown and broken. 

Later that night, Tom had literally been skinned alive, having been reduced to wearing a barrel to cover his naked body. While standing outside the gate, with him being assigned by Spike to guard them there, he peeks through a hole in the fence to see if his fur is being used like a comfortable rug by Spike and Tyke, as well as Jerry, who hangs a sign saying "Do not disturb" on Spike's ear.


  • If you look closely at the title card in the start of the cartoon, you will see that it is shaking a bit. This occurs in both the unrestored and Turner prints.
  • This is one of the few cartoons where Jerry succesfully framed Tom for bothering and messing up Spike and Tyke.
  • This is the only cartoon in the classic era where Tyke has light grey fur.

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