FAMOUS LITERARY DOGS: PART 3/5

Every dog is unique. Every dog owner knows that. Whether their pet’s a world weary bloodhound or a manic Jack Russell, they’ll have no end of stories about their exploits. Dogs outrank any other domestic pet in their ability to create love and laughter.

As part of Dog School Ltd.’s Literary Dog series, we’ve met some extraordinary characters. The blood freezing Hound of the Baskervilles. Toto, who wins us over by being almost exactly like a real dog.

Yet every now and then somebody creates a character who’s so dynamic, so off the wall, that you can’t help but notice them. A prince amongst dogs. Today we’ll be doffing our hats to such a character.  Have you guessed who it is yet?

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SNOOPY

Snoopy, as everybody knows, began life in Charles M Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. Starting out as an unremarkable dog of uncertain ownership, he first discovered the power of speech (or thought) on May 27th 1952. It was only once Schulz realised his potential as wannabe Renaissance man that the creative juices really started flowing.

The more the little beagle developed, the more the strip moved away from his owner, Charlie Brown. He stopped caring about mundane, doggy concerns like lamp posts and discovered his true nature, becoming one of the most memorable characters in comics in the process. Schulz said that his decision to move Snoopy up to the doghouse roof was one of the best he ever made.

Snoopy is unique for a number of reasons. His array of alter egos, running the gamut from the Flying Ace to Joe Cool. His intellectual leanings- not only is he frequently found with his nose in a book, he’s a thwarted author (the phrase “It was a dark and stormy night…” everlastingly on his typewriter).  He speaks French, plays the accordion and plays tennis (his tantrums when he double-faults are legendary). And who can forget the infamous Snoopy dance, generally a sign that dinner’s on the way?

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