dogginess


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dogginess

(ˈdɒɡɪnəs)
n
(Zoology) the quality or characteristic of being doggy
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(5.1.116-18) Despite his focus on Dog's dogginess, Cuddy Banks is, of course, aware that this talking dog is part devil; his approach to Dog seems to me strategic, not stupid, reflecting an emotional intelligence that Banks exhibits in his relations with other characters as well.
His dogginess is crucial--he likes the smell of the Scarecrow and decides to trust him, sniffs out the metallic tang of the Tin Man stranded in the trees, and rushes to protect Dorothy from the Lion before Dorothy slaps the Lion on the paw for attacking her dog, so that he shrinks away.
Even quite late into the 20th century, signs of our top dogginess survived.