"But you have to be careful with parakeet, they try to bend the truth just to make what they say rhyme."
— Mr. Conductor.

A Dog's Life is the seventh episode of the second season.


Schemer finds Ginny's lost dog and gives it to the kids so he is temporarily taken care of by them.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

The Flexitoon Puppeteers

Guest Starring

Mentioned Characters

Thomas Stories

James is incredibly hostile and rude to Toby and Henrietta by calling them dirty objects, and he soon gets what he deserves when the foolish freight cars push him into a train of tar tankers, making him the dirty object.

Gordon gets dirty and soon understands what it means to be clean and sensible. Later, James has trouble climbing Gordon's hill because of the leaves on the rails, so Gordon has to help him.

Jukebox Band Segment Song

  • Home on the Range


  • This is the first appearance of Ginny.
  • It is revealed that Mr. Conductor can speak to animals, just like his cousin before him.
  • Richard Yearwood guest stars as the Customer in this episode. He would later become known to be the voice actor of Donkey Kong in the computer animated series Donkey Kong Country.
  • Another version of the Jukebox Band's song in this episode was filmed, but was not used until Lullaby was produced and released.
  • We learn that Ginny owns a West Highland White Terrier named Grainger.
  • This episode marks another instance in which Schemer believes that the station is haunted.
  • Starting off with this episode, Barbara Hamilton joins the cast.
  • Both Thomas stories involve an engine getting dirty.
  • Mr. Conductor tells both Thomas stories to Dan, Becky and Kara in this episode.
  • The Thomas stories are listed in reverse order in the end credits.


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