Study Guide

My Life in Dog Years Characters

By Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen

Mr. Paulsen is the guy who's telling the story, and in case you haven't noticed, he's a big fan...

Josh

In a book packed with unique dogs, Josh is a unicorn. (Technically, he's a border...

Snowball

Snowball was a black dog with a white circle on her side (hence her cheesy name). Tall, "with a...

Ike

Ike, a big black Lab, was a fine hunter and a loyal friend. Like many of the dogs featured in the...

Dirk

You know how some dogs have a bark that's worse than their bite? That's not Dirk. Dirk is a dog...

Rex

Rex, a chubby collie whose preferred hair product was fresh cow manure, was a farm dog through...

Caesar

If Hagrid from Harry Potter were a dog, he'd be Caesar. Roughly the size of a small dinosaur,...

Fred

Paulsen bought Fred as a puppy outside a bookstore from a child grafter who tried to fleece him...

Cookie

The first thing you need to know is she had the coolest name of all the dogs—Cookie. (No,...

Quincy

Quincy was a dirty-looking mop dog that, according to Paulsen, "did not look like much of a dog...

Gary Paulsen's Parents

Paulsen only mentions his parents a few times in the early chapters, and none of what he says...

Happy Santun (and His Gang)

Pig

Pig is Fred's good pal and a pet to the Paulsen family. Paulsen fully intended to raise Pig for...