Friday Favourites: Favourite Dogs from Fiction

poison city dog

By Anne Perry

Posted on August 12, 2016 in Books, Friday Favourites with tags Dogs, Friday Favourites, Paul Crilley, Poison City

To celebrate the publication of Paul Crilley’s wonderful Poison City, which features the unforgettable trash-talking, sherry-drinking, attitude-having demon dog Dog, we’ve listed a few of our favourite fictional dogs. Some are from beloved books from our childhood (Old Yeller! Sniff.) some are from more recent favourites (*glares at Patrick Ness*) and all are equally lovable.

Manchee (The Knife of Never Letting Go)



Charley (Travels with Charley)

Steinbeck wrote this book after he learned he was dying and decided he wanted to see America ‘one last time.’ He uses Charley as a way of ordering and considering his own thoughts. It’s amazing and sad and lovely.

Tock (The Phantom Tollbooth)

To this day I cannot use the phrase ‘to kill time.’ Tock, your legacy is strange and specific.

Sirius Black (Harry Potter and the All The Later Books)

We all have a giant crush on Sirius Black. We do.  That’s totally cool, right? Yes. Totally cool.

Mouse (The Dresden Files)

Just don’t tell Mister the cat.

Jack, the brindle bulldog (The Little House on the Prairie)

Oh, Jack. I only read On the Shores of Silver Lake once because your gentle death of extreme old age was very upsetting.

Sandy (Little Orphan Annie)

‘Known for saying “arf”‘, Wikipedia helpfully says.

Clifford (Clifford the Big Red Dog)

He’s as big as a house. What’s not to like? (Cleaning up after him, I suddenly realize. That’s what’s not to like.)

Snowy (Tintin)

I really want a Snowy. JUST LOOK AT THAT ATTITUDE.

Toto (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

Dorothy later returns to Oz with an assortment of other, weirder pets – including a kitten named Eureka and a hen – but Toto gets the edge.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Guess)

FUN FACT the London pub called ‘the Sherlock Holmes’ was possibly the Northumberland Hotel which featured in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles.’ I was always very disappointed that the hound wasn’t (SPOILER) a real demon-dog.

Old Dan and Little Ann (Where the Red Fern Grows)

Honourable mentions for Old Yeller and Sounder, aka two more fictional dogs that ruined my childhood (for obvious reasons).

Pilot (Jane Eyre)

Large, in charge, and beloved of Mr Rochester.

Snuff (A Night in the Lonesome October)

This weird, charming little book is so great. Why haven’t you read it yet? Anyway, Snuff narrates the tale. Also he’s Jack the Ripper’s companion.

Unicorn Dog (Star Trek)




One comment on “Friday Favourites: Favourite Dogs from Fiction”

  • Jackie Ley says:

    Just William’s dog, Jumble ‘eager, playful,adoring–a mongrel unashamed — all sorts of a dog.’ I longed for a dog like that to adopt me!

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