Best Canine Character in Literature....

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Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby Chuffy » Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:24 pm

I nominate HAIRY MACLARY.

Am I the ONLY person who remembers him? I've got a couple of Hairy Maclary books for William. He loves them.

I also love GASPODE, who apears in Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. I swear of my dog could talk he would be just like Gaspode :)

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby biscuit » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:18 pm

I don't remember Hairy MacLary, now I will have to check it out. The name is great :)

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby catherinec » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:55 pm

I don't know either of those :(

I'm having a mindblock and cannot think of any dogs in literature right now . . . I'll have to get back to you!

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby BarksaLot » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:06 pm

Oh, how about Where The Red Fern Grows. I just watched the movie a few weeks ago. The boy raises the 2 hound dogs, Ol' Dan and Li'l Ann. Great story!

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby Jen » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:42 pm

One of my most vivid childhood memories is of Where the Red Fern Grows. I can feel/see/hear/smell everything that was around me when I read that book and *sobbed* my way through the ending. I wasn't a crier as a kid; I didn't even cry for Old Yeller. But WtRFG wrecked me.

Did you watch the old version, Barksalot? The mean boys' dog reminds me of Roscoe (in appearance only, of course)

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby BarksaLot » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:36 am

I think it was the old version - we got it off Netflix. I can't remember that I read WtRFG, I'll have to look through all my school books and see if I have it. I think it's on my list of want to reads!

Oh, I forgot about Old Yeller, that would be my second choice, I loved that one as a kid.

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby biscuit » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:09 pm

[quote=Jen]One of my most vivid childhood memories is of Where the Red Fern Grows. I can feel/see/hear/smell everything that was around me when I read that book and *sobbed* my way through the ending. I wasn't a crier as a kid; I didn't even cry for Old Yeller. But WtRFG wrecked me.

Did you watch the old version, Barksalot? The mean boys' dog reminds me of Roscoe (in appearance only, of course) [/quote]

Absolutely Where the Red Fern Grows - Old Dan and Little Ann. :love: I'm 51 and remember those dogs from my fourth grade teacher reading it in class. The whole class cried. One of the best books I have ever read. I can taste his soda, hear the hounds. Whatta book.

I will have to check out the movies, I have never seen them. Then again, I have the book in my mind in technicolor, maybe I don't need to. :)

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby Amanda » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:13 pm

I think I've read Old Yeller 15 times. I'm not sure why I liked it so much... it's very sad at the end. I never wanted to read WtRFG... too many people said it was sad. I did see the movie and bawled too!

How about Sounder? Or Shiloh?

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby Jen » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:34 pm

Oh, yes, Sounder. I studied that one with my 6th grade class a few years ago. That story is wonderful on so many levels. I tried to read it with my 5th graders last year, but it was too advanced for them.

I've never read Shiloh. I did recently see Because of Winn-Dixie. I'm curious to read the book now because I didn't really like the movie, but many teachers I know love it.

I also remember a book with a dog named Tuck, I think. He belonged to a young girl, and he went blind. Does anyone remember that book?

Jim Kjelgaard also wrote good "dog books," the only ones I remember well is Big Red series (Irish Red, Big Red, Outlaw Red).

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby luvarescue » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:38 pm

When my girls were little we watched Ol' Yeller together. They were so upset by the ending that they made me erase the tape- they didn't even want it in the house!

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby Amanda » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:01 pm

Jen- The book you are thinking of is The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor. I LOVED that book too! Thanks for reminding me! :) eta: Theodore Taylor wrote _Sniper_ too and that was one of my favorites in 4th grade too!

This isn't a dog book, but Yellow Eyes by Rutherford George Montgomery and L. D. Cram is an old classic about a cougar that I loved as a kid. My dad recommended it to me as he liked it when he was little. :) I also liked Rascal (about a kid and a racoon).

Don't forget _The Incredible Journey_!!

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Re: Best Canine Character in Literature....

Postby Calypso » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:27 pm

Hairy Maclary rocks!!!! My sister found one of the books in England and my daughter loves it. I do, too. Actually, my sister's BF had it memorized by the time they came for a visit. :)

I'm not sure of my all time favorite dog character, though. I'll have to think on this, maybe do some re-reading...


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