Animals figure into most of my favorite books and stories: Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad from Wind in the Willows; Buck in Call of the Wild; and Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web. By the time I reach the last page we are friends, and I am sad to see the story end. I go back for another visit when I reread the story.
One of my new pals is a wire fox terrier named “Bob” (or “Monsieur Bob” to Hercule Poirot) in the Agatha Christie book and movie, Dumb Witness. Bob was directly inspired by Christie’s own pet, also a wire haired terrier named Peter. “A dog in a thousand” she wrote in the dedication.
Do you have a favorite animal character?