Suening - The Dog King
King Eystein who ruled Norway between 1104 and 1123 decreed that, as a punishment to his people, that a dog called Suening should rule in his place. Three years passed where Suening routinely signed decrees with with paw-prints!
LuathCafall - Noble Dog of King Arthur
Luath was the name of the dog owned by the famous poet Robert Burns. Robert Burns came from Scotland and lived between 1759 and 1796. He was educated at home and his father was a gardener and farmer. The most famous poems by Robert Burns were A Red Red Rose and Auld Lang Syne ! Robert Burns was a Dog Lover who wrote a poem dedicated to dogs called The Twa Dogs
Argus - Odysseus's dog
Argus (or Argos) was the name of a long-lived dog owned by Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer. When Odysseus returns from his long voyages he wears the disguise of a beggar and only Argus his loyal old dog, recognizes him.
Anubis - Ancient Egyptian GodBlack Shuck - The Spectre Hound - The Baskerville Hound?
Anubis was an Ancient Egyptian god with a dog's (or a jackal's) head. Anubis was the God of the Dead and is usually depicted as a black dog with long sharp ears The black colour of Anubis is not natural to jackals or to the wild dogs of Egypt - it may refer to the dark discoloration of a body after death and during mummification.
Black Shuck is the name of a legendary ghost hound said to haunt the ancient roads of Norfolk, England. Said to be the size of a calf with blazing eyes. This mythological ghost dog is said to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous book The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Cafall is reputed to be the dog who was owned by King Arthur of Camelot. Cafall was a mighty dog, brave, loyal and regal. The type of dog only a King such as Arthur was able to own.
Cerberus - The Hound of Hades
According to Greek Mythology Cerberus was a strange and fiercesome mixture of creatures - having three heads of wild dogs, a dragon or serpent for a tail and heads of snakes all over his back. It was the twelth labour of Hercules to go to the depths of Hades and kill Cerberus.
Boatswain - Lord Byron's Dog
Boatswain was the Newfoundland dog referred to in one of the Dog Epitaphs by Lord Byron
Scylla - The She-Dragon
Scylla, or Skylla, was a part-dog figure featured in Greek mythology. A She-Dragon with the upper body of a woman and the tail of a serpentine fish with the foreparts of six dogs for legs.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles, the terrifying killer dog portrayed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the book of the same name. It is possible that he based the hound on the legendary Black Shuck of Norfolk, England.
Timmy was the fifth member of the Famous Five in the Famous Five series of books by Enid Blyton.
Flash - TV Dog
Flash was the Basset Hound from The Dukes of Hazzard TV series.
Hachiko - Japanese symbol of loyalty
Each year on April 8th at a ceremony in Tokyo's Shibuya railway station dog lovers do homage to the loyalty and devotion of an Akita dog called Hachiko. Hachiko was the loyal and faithful pet of Dr. Eisaburo Ueno, a professor at Tokyo University. On May 21st 1925, when Hachiko was eighteen months old Dr Ueno died. The next day and for the next nine years, Hachiko returned to the station and waited for his master before walking home, alone.
Old Shep - Faithful American dog
Old Shep maintained a five year vigil at the train station in Fort Benton, Montana after seeing the coffin of his master loaded onto a train.
Pickles - The World Cup Dog
Pickles, discovered the Jules Rimet trophy under a bush in South London (the Football World Cup) after it had been stolen in England in 1966.
The Bandog is said to be a huge spirit-world mastiff with massive jaws from which flames appear. The Bandog was believed to guard treasure buried beneath the Rock of Dunamase, the stronghold of the Kings of Leinster, overlooking Portlaoise in County Laois in Ireland.
Bob - The Parliamentary Candidate
In 1982 Bob, a Springer Spaniel, stood for Parliament representing "The Monster Raving Loony Barking Mad Dog Party". He was was owned by Lord David Sutch ( Screaming Lord Sutch).
Toby - The Richest Dog in the World
In 1932 the American millionairess, Ella Wendal left a record legacy of 75 million dollars in her will to her standard Poodle called Toby.
The Dam Buster Dog
Nigger was a black Labrador Retriever who belonged to the World War II Dam Buster Squadron Leader Guy Gibson who gave his dog's name as the codename to be used as the indication that the mission had been successful. The dog was sadly run over immediately prior to the raid and was killed. Guy Gibson ordered that the dog should be buried at midnight, the time that the raid was taking place.
Search and Rescue dogs - September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Terrorist attacks.
Over 300 dogs were brought into the site we now know as Ground Zero. The NYPD dogs were the first there.
Sirius - 2001 World Trade Center hero
Sirius was was attached to the Port Authority Police Department and was the only dog to lose his life in the search and rescue efforts following the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Terrorist attacks.
Appollo - hero of NYPD K9 Search and Rescue team
Appollo, part of the New York police Department K9 Search and Rescue team was on the scene just fifteen minutes after the disaster.
Riva and Salty - Guide Dog World Trade Centre heroes
Riva and Salty were two guide dogs who saved their owner's lives just before the World Trade Centre collapsed. Riva and Salty guided their blind owners, Mr Roselle and Mr. Hingson down the crowded, smoke filled stairs from the 71st floor and were later honoured for their bravery.
Dogs in Space - Sputnik dogs
All of the Space dogs deserve a mention on any page dedicated to famous dogs. Five dogs tragically died during their flights.
Laika was the first dog in space on the Russian satellite Sputnik 2. This momentous event occurred on November 3rd,1957 at the height of the Cold war between Russia and the USA. It was a one-way trip as she burned up in the Earth's atmosphere on 4 April 1958.
Lisichka and Bars
Died during a test flight on July 28, 1960
Strelka and Belka
Safely recovered from a Sputnik launched August 19, 1960, it orbited the Earth 18 times. This was the first successful recovery of living creatures after an orbital mission. Strelka gave birth to puppies, one of them called Pushinka was presented by Soviet Premier Kruschev to President Kennedy. Pushinka had 4 puppies of her own puppies who JFK called “pupniks”!
Pchelka and Mushka
Died when Sputnik-3 re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in December 1960)
Damka and Krasavka
Launched December 22, 1960 and the two dogs survived an unplanned suborbital flight.
Launched March 9, 1961.
Launched on March 25, 1961 and orbited once in final preparation for the Vostok 1 mission. Zvezdochka was named by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
Verterok and Ugolek
Were launched on February 22, 1966, in the satellite Kosmos 110. This was a 22-day mission.
The meanings of the Russian Space Dogs names are as follows:
Bars (Panther or Lynx)
Damka (Little Lady)
Lisichka (Little Fox)
Mushka (Little Fly)
Pchelka (Little Bee)
Strelka (Little Arrow)
Ugolyok (Little Piece of Coal)
Verterok (Little Wind)
Zvezdochka (Little Star)
Dogs Facts - Dog Quiz !
The famous dogs and their stories make fascinating reading. Our Dog Facts section includes more interesting facts and information about canines and their owners. If you enjoy Trivia and like Dogs then combine the two elements and try out your amazing knowledge of dogs by visiting the Dog Quiz - Can you make it to the 'Winner's Hall of Fame' ? The quiz is fully interactive and picture based - more like a fast game - have fun and enjoy!