My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

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What are the dogs' names and when did Gary Paulsen own them?

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The book called My Life in Dog Years is somewhat an autobiography of Paulsen but he is not the true star of the book -- his dogs are. The order that the dogs appear in the book are Cookie, Snowball, Ike, Dirk, Rex, Caesar, Fred and Pig, Quincy, and Josh. When Paulsen ran dogs in sled races, Cookie was his first lead dog. Paulsen describes Cookie as being a team leader who saved his life when he made the mistake of coming too close to the ice near a beaver lodge. Cookie was able to communicate to the team of sled dogs and pull Paulsen up; this sets up the theme of the book which is man’s dependence on dogs.

In Paulsen’s life Snowball was the first dog to truly matter to him. When he was seven he acquired Snowball in a village in the Philippines. Paulsen recalls that he and Snowball were inseparable; with her, Paulsen is able to learn how to tell different smells apart and how to find food. When Snowball dies, he describes this as being a great loss for him as a boy because he had very...

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