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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/ 8/2008

The Riff: Vote Now to Adopt-a-Dog...

By Michael Cavna

Now that we're reading "Little Dog Lost" religiously in The Post, we've come to a quick conclusion:

This is about the saddest, most melancholy pooch we've ever encountered on mainstream comic pages.

Is the moon half-full or half-empty? (WPWG)Enlarge Comic

Those big eyes, which look as if they're about to be accompanied by a slow, high-pitched whimper. That tail, which seldom points skyward with puppy-joy. And not even a dogtag, to symbolize the promise of getting home anytime soon.

Yet with all this talk of fear and anxiety and growing pessimism, we have a pretty good idea where Little Dog's real home is. It is to be found just north on the Post pages, where he could readily be adopted into the wry, anxiety-laced world of Agnes.

Which leads us to a question for you, the reader: Of all the prominent pooches in The Post funnies, whom would you be quickest to adopt?

Snoopy, of course, is still much beloved. Odie slobbers up a storm, and Satchel is the ever-sweet simpleton. And we're talking featured pets here -- dogs that can drive a storyline or get a real speaking part. (Sorry, but that means no Barfy ["Family Circus"], no Daisy ["Blondie"] and no Ruff ["Dennis the Menace"].)

So which hound is it? Which comics dog would you adopt? The canine voting is now open:

By Michael Cavna  | September 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Satchel Pooch, come on, even his name is adorable!

Posted by: Jesse | September 8, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't Patrick McDonnell have taken care of Little Dog Lost by now?

Posted by: whosis | September 8, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Not that I am a fan of FBOFW, but with the "new-runs" leading up to it, what about the (re)introduction of Farley?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 8, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The "new-running" Farley nearly cracked our poll list. If anyone would like to give the heroic canine a shout-out, then please--by all means.

Posted by: Michael Cavna | September 8, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Doh! I forgot about Grimmy.

Posted by: dym | September 8, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Farley? Don't want no zombified Pet Semetary dogs. Cats, maybe, but not dogs.

Posted by: whosis | September 8, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I must confess that this strip is doing nothing for me. Bring in Keith Knight!

Posted by: Mike | September 8, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Knight Life!

Posted by: riotous | September 8, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Poncho is my man.

Posted by: whosis | September 8, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Can't LDL be put to sleep? Find something else.

Posted by: Seismic-2 | September 9, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

"Can't LDL be put to sleep? Find something else."

Agreed. This is a TERRIBLE replacement for FBOFW. Please find somthing better. The comics is the one reason I continue to subscribe to the paper version of the Post, but between LDL, Get Fuzzy, and Brewster Rockit, it's clear that you are looking for some audience other than me.

Posted by: Comics_lover_for_life | September 9, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I realize that it's a pretty lousy strip, but Overboard's primary focus is on its two dog characters, Louie and Raymond. How could you leave them off of a poll like this?

Posted by: Nick | September 9, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I love PONCHO from Pooch Cafe. Best character in a strip ... regardless of species.

Posted by: Orin H. | September 9, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Nick, for mentioning Louie and Raymond.

Were this poll to venture into dog-populated cartoons outside of the Post pages, we would consider not only "Overboard" but also: "Citizen Dog" and "The Duplex" and even barely stop short of animated pooches such as Scooby-Doo. (And Scrappy, too.)

Posted by: Michael Cavna | September 9, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Little Dog Lost is my favorite strip and has been for awhile. It has tremendous insight into human nature and its humor is often subtle and thought provoking. I am thrilled to see it in the Post and I hope it remains there.

Posted by: Scott K. | September 10, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Little Lost Dog is TERRIBLE and unnecessary. No more dog strips. Good Lord.

Posted by: Cart | September 10, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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