Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dog of the Geek: Argos!

ArgosBreed:Hound of some kind

Original Appearances: Homer's The Odyssey

Other Appearances: None

Biography: When Odysseus set forth on his Odyssey, his faithful dog Argos was left behind. Argos was known for his speed and strength and superior tracking skills. While Odysseus spends more than 20 years trying to get home to Ithaca, his family is beset by suitors who hope to wed Odysseus' wife Penelope. When Odysseus finally reaches home in disguise, he finds Argos lying neglected on a pile of dog manurer, infested with lice, old and very tired. Argos just has enough strength left to recognize his disguised master, drop his ears, and wag his tail before dying.

Powers: Along with his speed, strength and tracking skills, Argos was apparently very long-lived, being at least 22 years old when he died!

Group Affiliation: None

Argos was also the name of one of the “hellhounds,” the dogs of the underwood, brother of Cerberus.

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