Eugene, the black one-eyed dog, plays a key role in my novel CELETERRA. Based on the dog’s nature – faithfulness, reliability, courage – dogs are ideal characters in novels. Dogs are the true friend of any man.
At the same time, dogs are hunters, and as such they carry some threatening aspect too. They broadcast the signal “don’t mess with me!” They are independent. Deep down inside (and depending on the type of dog) we are all a bit afraid of dogs.
Here a list of novels that feature dogs.
The Watchers — Dean Koontz
Travels With Charley — John Steinbeck (non-fiction)
Ghormley the Gnarley — Carlos Belavacqua (children’s fiction) The Banyan Tree — Terence Killiam
Knifing the Roach Nest — Christiana Pelletier
Springers on the Island Green — Aubrey Fortuna
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog — Dylan Thomas
Get in the Stagecoach — Christopher Hill
Lift up Thy Frock-Coat — David Waits
Lassie Come Home — Eric Knight
Lad, A Dog — Albert Payson Terhune
Marley and Me — John Grogan
The Sheep-Pig — Dick King-Smith
Cujo — Stephen King
White Fang & Call of the Wild — Jack London
Hound of the Baskervilles — Sherlock Holmes
The Poky Little Puppy — Sebring Lowry
These are all good tales about dogs.