Shakespeare and Dogs

The Ides of March was yesterday, so Shakespeare pops into consciousness, as he so often does, even unconsciously. Was he a dog lover? Afraid not. There are lots of dog references – including “cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” from Julius Caesar, but there is only one named canine character in all of the plays – Crab in Two Gentlemen of Verona – and the references are neutral at best, and never loving. Well, no one’s perfect, not even Mr. S. Crab! Good grief.


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8 Responses to “Shakespeare and Dogs”

  1. B. Stover
    10:52 am on March 16th, 2021

    I didn’t know that. Interesting.

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    12:27 pm on March 16th, 2021


    Very interesting indeed.

    Make it a good day!

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    4:26 pm on March 16th, 2021

    Crab!…What a great name!…snort!…“I think Crab, my dog, has the sourest personality of any dog alive.”…I can identify with ole Crab!…heh!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    4:30 pm on March 16th, 2021

    Race!…The Berington sisters are running neck and neck…snort!…I thought with all their experience they would have done better. Course, one never knows what happens out there on the trail….wheeze!

  5. dawson
    5:59 pm on March 16th, 2021

    Berington twins: Rumor was that 1 sister was going to take all the best dogs this year and really go for it, leaving the other sister with the dog-in-training dogs. Usually they run together. Not sure if this happened though.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:27 pm on March 16th, 2021

    Twins!…I bet seeing how their race is going they decided to split half trained and half best on each team….snort!..I guess we won’t know for sure until they tell the story…snuffle!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on March 16th, 2021

    Aliy!…I really wanted to see Aliy kick some Seaver butt and go out on a big win this year…sob!sob!sniff!

  8. mlaiuppa
    1:18 am on March 17th, 2021

    There is a nameless dog in Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Starvling when he is playing Moonshine refers to his dog as my dog. Poor nameless dog.

    Will Kempe worked his dog into the plays when he played Shakespeare, because he loved his dog.Obviously before the times of W. C. Fields.

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