How much is that doggy?
The presidential pooch has arrived – Bo is in the house. The White House specifically, and let’s face it, he is a pretty cute and cuddly specimen. But wouldn’t you know it, the grand unveiling of a bouncy Portuguese water dog got me thinking about dogs in the arts, this being an arts and culture blog. There’s the obvious TV stock of doggy characters – Lassie, Benji and the Littlest Hobo bound to mind – not to mention that Dalmation business and that recent staggering phenomenon Marley and Me (the staggering part being that it was a phenomenon at all). In the literary world, Lord Byron was fierce fond of dogs, and penned a famous epitaph to his own dog, Boatswain, while Rudyard Kipling went mad for them, writing poems in their honour to beat the band. One of my favourite literary dogs is Charley, the poodle whose travels with John Steinbeck made for a book of musings on America. He particularly endeared himself to me by not pee-ing on the Great Redwood Trees, much to Steinbeck’s annoyance. I like a dog who refuses to a lift a leg to his master’s transcendental notions. Any other great literary / cinematic / poetic / musical canines to add to the list?