Snowy is Tintinís pet dog. Snowy is a very loyal dog. He never leaves Tintinís side. Once Tintin had to leave Snowy behind on a ship while he went away in a seaplane, and Snowy was in despair! No matter what the Captain and the others tried to do to cheer Snowy up, they couldnít. They tried offering him food, but he still howled in sorrow. But then the seaplane, which Tintin was in, came back because they had forgotten something. And once it landed next to the ship, Snowy jumped from Captainís arms, and off the ship, and onto the seaplaneís wing! And that wasnít the first time Snowyís done that.
Snowy has saved Tintinís life more than once. He defiantly earns his keep! And Tintin has risked his life for Snowy too.
Snowyís bad habit is that he has a taste for whiskey. Once there was a broken whiskey bottle in Captainís backpack and if was leaking onto the ground. Snowy drank all the spills and got drunk. He was walking on a narrow path by a cliff, and he fell off into a river! That time was Tintinís turn to rescue Snowy.
Snowy, unlike Tintin, does not like getting involved in adventures. Heíd rather stay in Marlinspike and chase the cat around.
But dogs will be dogs. He loves bones, while Tintin doesnít like him to chew them. And his love for bones has landed him in all sorts of troubles. Once Tintinís life depended on Snowy delivering a S.O.S. message to a nearby monastery (Tintin in Tibet), but on the way he came across a big bone. In order to chew it he would have to drop the S.O.S. note. His conscience told him to bring the note to the monastery and ignore the bone, but he didnít listen. Soon he let go of the note and it blew away in the wind. He realized what heíd done and left the bone. He led the monks at the monastery to Tintin (who was wounded) even without the note.
That brings up another subject; Snowy doesnít always do the right thing. He many times disobeys Tintin or gets drunk. Heís been spanked for bad things. But Tintin never stays mad at Snowy for long. He soon forgives Snowy.
Snowy is indeed a funny character, too. A funny thing is that heís not scared of a big gorilla, but heís terrified of a small spider!
Snowy can follow orders very well, most of the time. Itís as if he understands every word everybody says. He has chewed through ropes bounding his master many, many times. He has bitten crooks countless times. He has helped Tintin escape many times too. But one thing Snowy does, and is expected to do most is follow peoples' scent. Heís led Tintin to things and people Tintin tries to find. Tintin has a lot of trust and faith in Snowy to do his part. And why wouldnít he? Snowy is an incredible dog! Itís no wonder Tintin loves Snowy so.
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