Fifteen Dogs André Alexis

Two gods make a wager.

“I’ll wager a year’s servitude…that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.” (Alexis 14)


Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing...

the sun and light...

Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo is known in Greek-influenced Etruscan mythology as Apulu.

As the leader of the Muses (Apollon Musegetes) and director of their choir, Apollo functioned as the patron god of music and poetry. Hermes created the lyre for him, and the instrument became a common attribute of Apollo. (Wikipedia)

“If, at the end of its life, even one of the creatures is happy, I win.” (Alexis 15)


Hermes is considered a god of transitions and boundaries.

He is described as quick and cunning, moving freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine. He is also portrayed as an emissary and messenger of the gods; an intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife. He has been viewed as the protector and patron of herdsmen, thieves, oratory and wit, literature and poetry, athletics and sports, invention and trade, roads, boundaries and travelers.

In some myths, he is a trickster and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or for the sake of humankind.

His attributes and symbols include the herma, the rooster, the tortoise, satchel or pouch, winged sandals, and winged cap. His main symbol is the Greek kerykeion or Latin caduceus, which appears in a form of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff. (Wikipedia)

Fifteen Dogs - Setting

The Dogs

in order of deaths… :(

(never travel with the pack)

Agatha (an old Labradoodle)
Ronaldinho (a mutt who deplores the condescension of humans)
Lydia (a Whippet and Weimaraner cross - tormented and nervous)
Athena (a brown teacup poodle)
Bella (a Great Dane - Athena's Closest Pack Mate)
Bobbie (an unfortunate Duck Toller)
Max (a mutt who detests poetry)
Dougie (a Schnauzer - friend to Benjy)
Frick & Frack (Labrador Retrievers)
Rosie (German Shepard - close to Atticus)
Atticus (an imposing Neapolitan Mastiff with cascading jowls)
Benjy (a resourceful and conniving Beagle)
Majnoun (black Poodle - briefly referred to as 'Lord Jim' or 'Jim')
Prince (a mutt who composes poetry - also called Russell or Elvis)


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