In pop culture, we see a great deal of canine presence in films, TV programming and in comic strips. We also see a great deal of canine presence in pop culture in the realm of literature and it is in this realm in which our first pop culture dog with a 14-letter name exists. Yellow Dingo Dog is a character utilized by Rudyard Kipling in the Just So
he writes. It seems that Rudyard visited Australia one time only for two weeks duration in 1891 and it left such an impression on him! He was captured by the Aboriginal myths and legends and seemed to utilize them as he weaved them into the Just So Stories
which tell the tale of Bohra the Kangaroo and how he came to evolve an animal who walked on four legs to one who walked on only two. As one of the stories go, Bohra asked the Little God Nqa to make him different from all the other animals by 5 o'clock in the afternoon, the god responded by telling him to go away. He made a similar request of the Middle God Nquing, requesting to be "wonderfully popular" and was given the same response. He queried the Big God Nqong to be "different, popular and wonderfully run after". Nqong's response was to call Yellow Dog Dingo and the legend says that Yellow Dog Dingo chased Bohra the Kangaroo all over Australia until his legs ached. He came to a river and proceeded to hop across it on his hind legs and he continued to hop along on his hind legs until they grew longer and the front legs shrank in length, causing him to need to stick out his tail to maintain his balance. Totally exhausted, by 5 o'clock when he was finally able to rest, his shape was forever changed.
Our second pop culture dog with a 14-letter name is Saint Guinefort. He was a Greyhound who, according to the legend emanating sometime before the 12th century, belonged to a wealthy knight who went away with his wife for the day, leaving their infant son in the care of a nurse and their dog, Guinefort. When they returned, the scene was a gruesome one ... the nursery in disarray, cot overturned and the area splattered with blood ... and Guinefort's muzzle was also covered in blood. Thinking that the dog had killed his son, the knightly father struck Guinefort with his sword, killing the dog. He then heard the sound of a baby crying and, after searching under the overturned cot, he found his son alive and unharmed and the story says that Guinefort was protecting the baby from an animal intruder. Legend doesn't give any information about the whereabouts of the nurse during this time ... it certainly makes one wonder about the faithfulness and capability of the nurse in caring and protecting the child. The legend goes on to say that the parents of the child placed the dog in a well and covered it with rocks, creating a shrine of a sort. As time passed and the incident became more known, the "shrine" was visited by many people who prayed to this "saint" for the protection of children.