The Skye Terrier in Literature

Greyfriar’s Bobby was not the only book that featured a Skye Terrier. “Dougal,” in the book, “The Magic Roundabout,” was a Skye Terrier, and “Over the Sea to Skye,” by Robert Hutchinson recruits a Skye Terrier (and a Scottish Deerhound) to help tell the story of Bonnie Prince Charley’s perilous flight through the Highlands in 1746. “Skippy, the Little Skye Terrier,” by Dorothy K. L’Hommedieu tells of Skippy, a little Skye Terrier living on a farm who helps a kitten return to her home. He decides to run away after his Mother and his mistress go on a trip without him (the nerve). O Henry mentions the breed in, “The Pendulum,” and famed author, Edith Wharton, is believed to have owned a Skye Terrier. Robert Louis Stevenson, of course, owned a Skye Terrier which is mentioned in, “Travels with a Pen: In Search of Skerryvore,” and “Hairy,” the Skye Terrier and his gang of dog mates (Hercules Morse, Bottomley Potts, Muffin McLay, Bitzer Maloney, and Schnitzel von Krumm) have great adventures in Lynley Dodd’s, “Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.” We’re not sure it really counts, but one of the surrealists, André Breton, name his Skye Terrier “Melmouth ” in honor of Charles Maturin’s Gothic protagonist. And finally, Vladimir Nabokov used the Skye Terrier as a literary device when he wrote, “the constant readiness to discern the halo round the frying pan or the likeness between a weeping-willow and a Skye terrier,” this from his “The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.”

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