Dr. Suess And His Lifelong Love For Dogs

Even though Dr. Seuss was more famous for authoring The Cat In The Hat than Go Dog, Go!, in real life he was a dog lover from a very young age.

Dr. Seuss, who was not a doctor and whose real name was Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel, died in 1991 and left behind a legacy of wonderfully creative books and millions of adoring fans young and old, who continue to enjoy his quirky art, wildly weird creatures and his infections rhyming lines.

Ted’s first “dog” was a stuffed dog toy which was given to him when he was a young boy by his mother. He named the toy Theophrastus and kept him close to him for the rest of his life, often placing the toy dog near his drawing board while he worked. Shortly before he died at the age of 87, he entrusted Theophrastus to his stepdaughter, Lea Grey with this request “You will take care of the dog, won’t you?” 

Even though Ted kept his faithful toy companion, he got his first real dog at the age of ten, in 1914. Rex was a Boston bulldog and this dog had a peculiar habit of walking around on three instead of four of his feet. Later, when his Dr. Seuss persona emerged, he often drew animals with odd legs, so perhaps Rex had an influence on him.

But it was his 13th book, The Cat In The Hat, published in March of 1957, which catapulted Dr. Seuss into fame. At this time, he had an Irish setter named Cluny. Later, after his wife Helen’s death, he remarried and his new wife Audrey liked small dogs. So, Dr. Seuss became a Yorkie owner.

Miniature Yorkies were his constant companions over the years. One of his Yorkies, named Sam, was seen in many of Dr. Seuss’ personal doodles and are displayed at The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.

But here at the WoofPost, our favorite Dr. Suess book is (no surprise here) Go Dog, Go! And where are all those dogs going? To a dog party of course:

A dog party!

A big dog party!

Big dogs, little dogs,

red dogs, blue dogs,

yellow dogs, green dogs,

black dogs and white dogs

are all at a dog party!

What a dog party!

~ Dr. Suess ~

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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