There’s a special day coming up for many of our canine companions. August 10th is the birthday of one of the most beloved iconic pups ever: Snoopy! A local veterinarian discusses some fun facts about Charlie Brown’s furry bff below.
There’s a bit of confusion about Snoopy’s actual birthday. The beloved pup made his first appearance on October 4, 1950, which was the third Peanuts comic strip ever published. The matter was clarified in a strip published on August 10, 1968. In that strip, which the Charles Schulz Museum’s official Twitter recently reposted, the Peanuts gang—Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Violet, Patty, and Shermy—threw Snoopy a surprise party.
Snoopy wasn’t always Charlie Brown’s. Some of the older older strips suggest that he was first owned by Patty or Shermy. However, in the classic movie Snoopy, Come Home, Lila was his original owner. Snoopy sought Lila out in the movie, and was persuaded to go back and live with her again. The plan was foiled by a ‘No Dogs Allowed’ sign. The wandering beagle went back to his beloved bald buddy.
Another mystery: how did Charlie Brown end up with Snoopy? Legend has it that Charlie told Snoopy to Stay one day, and, well, Snoopy did just that. However, an animated video clip that has surfaced recently sheds new light on the matter. This adorable bit shows Charlie Brown and meeting Snoopy as a puppy.
Snoopy has led quite a remarkable life, especially given that he spends so much time lounging about on the roof of his iconic doghouse. He’s been an author, baseball shortstop, Boy Scout, golfer, jaguar, tennis player, figure skater, and World War 1 flying ace. He also worked in courts of law, earning him the nickname Legal Beagle. Somehow, he also manages to make time for his alter ego, Joe Cool; his best buddy, Woodstock; and his girlfriend, Fifi, whom he bravely rescued from The Red Baron in The Peanuts Movie.
Snoopy has several siblings: Andy, Spike, Olaf, Rover, Belle, Molly, and Marbles. Snoopy is closest to Spike, a mustached, fedora-wearing bachelor who lives in the desert and chats with cacti. One of his sisters, Belle, also had a run with celebrity: she, along with her brother, became the model and inspiration for several fashion designers, including Armani, Lagerfield, and de la Renta. This eventually led to a traveling exhibition of Snoopy and Belle’s doggy couture.
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