Great dog characters in books for readers of all ages

Fiction books whose four-legged characters left memorable paw-prints on readers – of ALL AGES

I have vivid recollections of growing up reading a lime-green book about a Dachshund named Fridolin, “a happy story for children”, written by German author Franz Caspar. It was a heart-warming story about a little dog with a brave heart.

Fridolin by Franz Caspar
Fridolin by Franz Caspar

Later on, just when I thought I know everything there is to know about my favorite author, I discovered Agatha Christie’s “Dumb Witness: A Hercule Poirot Mystery”. I don’t know if it was the intelligence of Bob, the wire fox terrier, his never-ending attachment towards his mistress… or the surprisingly warm-heated side Hercule Poirot revealed in this detective novel.

Bob and Hercule Poirot in the movie adaptation of Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
Bob and Hercule Poirot in the movie adaptation of Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

What is certain is that whenever I read this book my faith in the human race’s love and understanding towards animals is restored.

Stories passed on to generations

New generation, new interests, but the same passion for… classics. My daughter introduced me to Timmy, George’s mongrel from “The Famous Five” by Enid Blyton.

Timmy’s a much loved dog, especially by his owner, and he gets to save the children from terrible fates.

My son preferred Scamper, Peter and Janet’s dog, loyal to the “Secret Seven”, also by Enid Blyton. Scamper loves all children. Good to know you’ve got a wagging tail always there for you.

Without Fridolin or Bob, Timmy, Scamper or Little Tail, adventures wouldn’t be the same and clothes would remain much cleaner – but at a cost of many smiles and giggles.

Inspirational dogs

I don’t know where Little Tail came from. I suppose I should know, since I wrote about him in “Happy Friends”. I guess he just grew in my heart, his story spinning out of the lives of all the dogs I loved throughout my life.

Little Tail is pretty much a do-er and a dream-er; a dog of contrasts. He’s small in size, but has the courage of a lion. He’s curious, yet cautious as he won’t easily venture outside his comfort zone. He’s a dreamer, fantasizing about things he doesn’t know, yet treasuring the old book’s advice.

But above all Little Tail from “Happy Friends” by South African author Patricia Furstenberg is a devoted friend, his adventures being filled with smiles, friends and…  ice-cream flavored clouds!

Happy Friends eBook cover
Happy Friends, Happy Friends: 12 Animal Stories of Friendship and Adventure, One Happy Ending

by Patricia Furstenberg

This article was initially written for mypuppuclub.net and posted on 16 August 2016.

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Patricia Furstenberg is a skilled and diverse author, poetess and mother, known for her uplifting, charming themes and lovable, enchanting characters: dogs, cats, elephants, cheetahs, lions, but also squirrels and snails. Her words “truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!” Her book "Joyful Trouble" is an Amazon Bestseller. Her book of poems "As Good As Gold" became a #1 New Release the day it was published. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain and education and the psychology behind it. Using her knowledge she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. Her stories are filled with “creativity and vivid imagery” and she knows how to “capture the reader’s imagination.” Her prolific writing is described as: positive, diverse, crisp, joyful and uplifting. Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. As a winner of the Write Your Own Christie Competition, the Judges "were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style”. The judges thought Patricia's writing style is "well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense”, “confident and intriguing”. The Judges were Mathew Prichard, David Brawn from Harper Collins UK and Daniel Mallory from Harper Collins US. When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read and dance. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day. Between her books you can also enjoy: "The Cheetah and the Dog", "Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles", "The Elephant and the Sheep" and many others. She is a Huffington Post contributor.