Dogs make a pretty common companion to humans in literature. Some dogs become the focus of the story, as in Old Yeller or Shiloh. Other dogs saunter around the background, tagging along behind their owners, getting into mischief and commonly saving their humans from disaster.
Because I am a dog person and because I will be writing a dog into my new novel, I thought it would be appropriate to explore this fine creature in literature in a little more depth. So I’ve pulled from some of my own favorite resources to see just how dogs are written about. I’ll explore three aspects of dogs in literature – descriptions, interactions with humans, and loyalty/death.