Writers and Dogs

white and black english bulldog stands in front of crackers on bowl at daytime
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Last year I posted about Writers and Cats, a combination that seems as natural as pen and paper. But just because cats and writers are inextricably linked in most people’s minds, doesn’t mean that dogs aren’t equally ideal writing partners. Judging from all the books about dogs out there, they’re just as inspiring as cats. Poems have also been written about dogs, including this one by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. And no one can dispute that dogs are excellent companions, keeping writers company in their lonely work and getting them out of the house once in a while.

“When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.”

Kristan Higgins

Here are a few dog-loving writers and their pups…

eb white
E.B. White
dorothy parker
Dorothy Parker
stephen king
Stephen King (who also made it into my Writers and Cats post)
virginia and vita
Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
harlan coben
Harlan Coben
amy tan
Amy Tan
anton chekov
Anton Chekov
elizabeth barrett browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her muse, Flush (see link above for Browning’s poem about Flush). Art by James E. McConnell.


What do you think? Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or do you like both (or neither)? Share in the comments…


Aspasía S. Bissas


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9 Replies to “Writers and Dogs”

  1. Dogs also get writers out into the air. I have cats right now, but I used to get great ideas while walking our dog. Love cats, but there is nothing like a dog to make you feel loved and appreciated.

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    1. I’ve always wanted a dog but my parents never let me, and then once I got cats the cats never let me. I’d still like a dog but I don’t see it happening (not just the cats, but walking a dog in Toronto’s freezing winters and blistering summers is not appealing).

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      1. The having to be home to walk a dog is my problem. I can feed and water the cats, clean the cat box and be gone as late as I like. Dogs need to go out and they shouldn’t be left alone too long anyway.

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      2. Rory is now, of course… high maintenance, I mean. Don’t know how he’ll cope in future once we move and when sixteen-year-old Milo passes away. We may have to get him a playmate or he’ll go nuts. Maybe he needs a puppy! Ha!

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