Dogs are man’s best friend; supportive, loyal, and affectionate. Because of our longstanding love for these animals, they often show up in media at the side of human characters. And while we love to have them there, perhaps it’s time to shine a light on our canine companions. In that spirit, here’s a list of six dog characters who are ready for their main character moment.
Poor Max is put through a lot during the Grinch’s quest to steal Christmas, but he perseveres. With an antler tied to his head and a sleigh pulled behind him, Max brings the Grinch and his cargo up and down a mountain three times! He’s earned his main-character moment.
Argos, The Odyssey
So many mythical retellings from so many perspectives, and yet one group that remains underrepresented are the many incredible dogs of mythology. A perfect candidate to have his story told is Argos, the first person (metaphorically speaking) to recognize Odysseus in Ithaca.
Toto, The Wizard of Oz
Few literary dogs are as well known as Dorothy’s Toto, who is commonly brought up when we want to let each other know that we are not, in fact, in Kansas anymore. But what was the land of Oz and the journey down its yellow brick road like for Toto? Wouldn’t it be nice to find out?
The Beagle Boys, Donald Duck
A family crime gang inspired by the real-life Barker-Karpis gang, the Beagle Boys repeatedly appear in Disney media attempting to rob Scrooge McDuck, and they would absolutely shine in their own media. After all, who doesn’t love a good heist story?
Bob, Dumb Witness
Agatha Christie is the master of mystery, and her detective novels could hardly be improved upon. However, in her novel Dumb Witness, the victim’s fox terrier Bob witnesses the crime. One can’t help but wonder what Poirot’s investigation looked like to the dog who knew whodunnit.
Krypto the Superdog, Superman
Superman has been around for a long time (since 1938), and some might argue that Superman-centric media has become a bit overplayed. A Superdog, though? Now that would be fun! Krypto the Superdog has been around since 1955, and maybe it’s time for him to have his moment.
To read more Bookstr content about dogs, click here.