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Dogs could be considered the Author’s Best Friend as so many of them romp through the pages of prose and poetry. They’re admired, loved — and sometimes feared, just like their real-life counterparts. Here are some favorites, plucked from the shelves:


John Steinbeck knew he was dying, the story goes, prompting him to take the road trip across America that became the book “Travels with Charley.” His four-legged companion (his wife’s standard poodle) not only lives on in the title, but he inspired the terrific, touching quote, “He loved deeply and tried dogfully.”


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All adventurers need a level-headed companion, so the illustrator Hergé gave his hero Tintin a wire fox terrier, (named, in the original French, Milou) one of the most stalwart of breeds. He’s aged well, considering he’s been saving Tintin from villains, tight spaces and wild animals since the ’20s, and done it all with running commentary.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Cujo

These slavering beasts are paired here because their much-loved scary stories, by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen King, respectively, became scary movies. Both creatures stalked innocent families, and the depictions of both made you look at dogs — and fog — a little differently than you did the day before.

Melissa Davis, NWArts&Life editor

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