What Are Some Literary Dog Names?

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Several dog names have been popularized through books. Some examples in classic literature include Argos from "The Odyssey," Toto from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," Buck from "The Call of the Wild" and Old Yeller from "Old Yeller." More recently, the names "Fang" and "Ghost" have experienced considerable fame thanks to their appearance in the "Harry Potter" and "A Song of Fire and Ice" series, respectively.

Dogs have long been featured in literature, dating all the way back to the 18th century BCE when Homer wrote about the dog Argos in "The Odyssey." In that story, Odysseus returns to his home in Ithaca after a 20-year epic adventure. Argos, although very old, still recognizes his master and rises to greet him upon his return.

In addition to literature, dogs have gained considerable fame through TV and movies. One of the most famous and beloved dogs in TV history, according to Canidae's website, is Lassie from the TV show of the same name. Other dogs made famous by movies and TV include Snoopy from "Peanuts," Beethoven from the movie "Beethoven," Eddie from "Frasier," Scooby-Doo from "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!," Comet from "Full House," Petey from "The Little Rascals," Otis from "Milo and Otis" and Santa's Little Helper from "The Simpsons."