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''Footrot Flats'' is a comic strip from New Zealand, by Murray Ball, about the life and times of a farmer's dog, known simply as The Dog, his owner and his friends, and the various animals that live in and around the farm. The comic itself does not exist on-line, but more detail can be found at [[http://www.oneil.com.au/footrot/index.html an unofficial site]].

The characters include:
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep 'The Dog']]: The main protagonist and mascot of the strip, a border collie [[EmbarrassingFirstName whose name he never lets anyone reveal]]. Much like ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} he seems as intelligent as a person but can only talk through thought bubbles. Has shades of LovableCoward and SmallNameBigEgo, but generally good at his job and devoted to his master.
* Wallace 'Wal' Footrot: The Dog's owner, a no-nonsense farmer, amateur rugby player and more or less TheEveryman (at least for farmers). Runs a large farm on his own with a large variety of animals, including sheep, cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese. And at least one goat and one turkey, which is more than enough.
* Cooch Windgrass: Wal's neighbour, [[TheLancer best friend and right hand man]]. A FriendToAllLivingThings whose farm is rather overgrown, and his house has a large tree growing through the middle. He farms goats, which are the perpetual bane of Wal and the dog, and owns Jess, the dog's girlfriend.
* Aunt Dolly: Wal's aunt, the dog's original owner, who runs a home for cats and owns a Welsh Corgi named Prince Charles. Something of a [[MyBelovedSmother overbearing mother figure]] for Wallace, though she often helps him out on the farm, and the dog has a grudge against her for giving him his name.
* Horse: A [[{{Badass}} tough]], [[CatsAreMean mean]], [[MadeOfIron near-indestructible]] stray cat that acts as an enemy, sometimes ally and sometimes point of interest to the dog. [[WriteWhoYouKnow Based on a real cat]].

In 1987 there was a feature-length animated film adaptation, ''Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale''.

!!The tropes the comic uses include:

* TheAce: Wal's brother.
* AlienLunch: Happens as Wal is scoffing down the lunch Cooch made him in the back country. Wal remarks that he loves freshwater crayfish only for Cooch to remark "Yeah, but how do you feel about them [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_weta cave wetas?"]]
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: Horse's girlfriend belongs to a bikie gang, and his ferocity endears him to them.
* AngryGuardDog:
** The three Murphy dogs.
** Major on occasion.
** The Dog wishes he was this, but can only build up the courage when burglars touch his food.
* AnimalsLackAttributes: ZigZagged. The trope applies to most of the animal characters, except for Cecil the ram, who has very prominent testicles. Jess the dog and Dolores the sow also have mammaries when nursing.
* {{Badass}}: Horse.
* BerserkButton: The Dog will go to amazing lengths to make sure his name remains secret. At a dog show, he sticks himself halfway into a loud speaker trying to get the mouthy beggar inside. Once, to stop Aunt Dolly from saying it, he actually [[{{Squick}} sticks his tongue inside her mouth]], [[CrowningMomentofFunny much to their mutual disgust and horror]].
* BrattyHalfPint: Pongo to a tee.
* TheBully: Lex Murphy
* CasanovaWannabe: 'Spit' Murphy
* CatsAreMean: Horse, hoo boy Horse.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Sometimes the Dog doesn't have a full understanding on the fate of the animals he helps raise.
* CorruptHick: The Murphys, Wal's neighbors.
* ClingyJealousGirl: At times, the Dog is [[TastesLikeDiabetes positively saccharine]] in his love and devotion to Wal, at the same time the amount of effort he invests in his {{Zany Scheme}}s to drive away [[LoveInterest Cheeky Hobson]] at times rivals what he goes through to keep his name secret.
* ADarkerMe: The Grey Ghost or the Iron Paw; the Dog's invincible alter egos (he wishes).
* DinosaurDoggieBone: An early strip has the Dog dragging off a moa bone bigger than he is.
* ADogNamedDog: As noted above, he actually has a real name, but he will die before he lets anyone so much as utter it.
* EditorialSynaesthesia: Whenever Jess is in heat (read nearly all the time) she gives off little hearts.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Dog is "The Dog" because he wont let anyone know his real name.
* EverythingIsMessierWithPigs: Wal's many farm animals include pigs. His neighbors the Murphys have [[strike:slightly]] ''completely'' feral ones, known and feared as 'Croco Pigs'.
* TheFaceless: Cooch's cousin Kathy never has her full face appear.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Farmer And His Dog]] (went to mow a meadow...)
* FeatheredFiend: The turkey is a recurring enemy of the Dog, and the Goose isn't keen on Wal either.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Cooch. Unlike most examples though, he's not vegetarian and will kill to eat. [[ForeignQueasine Not the most conventional animals, mind you.]]
* FullBoarAction: Major, Wal's other dog, is bred and trained to help hunt feral pigs.
* GagBoobs: Dolores 'Cheeky' Hobson, we are looking at ''you''.
* AHandfulForAnEye: Rangi does this to Lex Murphy in one strip. Not having any sand available, he improvises by using a handful of dried sheep droppings.
* HelloNurse:
** Cousin Kathy. Being [[PuritySue the sweetest thing alive]] doesn't hurt.
** Jess is this for dogs when she's in heat, [[JustifiedTrope naturally]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Inverted with Dolores the sow and poor Horace the boar. She's about twice his size and a bit overbearing.
* IntellectualAnimal: The Dog seems to be one of these in a world otherwise populated by mostly normal animals, and even he can't actually speak.
* KilroyWasHere: Wal makes a moving speech about how insignificant it makes one feel knowing that an ancient tree will still be standing centuries after he's dead. He then carves "Wal Footrot Was Here" into the trunk.
* KindlyVet: The vet is usually depicted as being kind and good at his job, if a little rough around the edges (as country vets are wont to be).
* KissingCousins: Cooch has a pretty poorly hidden attraction to his cousin Kathy ([[HelloNurse and it's hard to blame him]])
* LargeHam: The Dog.
--> '''Dog''': ''Curse this accursed rain!'' Forty days and forty nights adrift! Well, a day and a half anyway...
* LovableCoward: The Dog. He wants to be brave, but...
* MisterMuffykins: Prince Charles
* OddNameOut: 'Irish' Murphy's three dogs are named Tiger, Wolf and Creampuff.
* PetTheDog: Horse when with lost kittens - not to mention his ''own'' children.
* PorkyPigPronunciation: The Dog, within the introductory sections of each issue, due to uncertainty about spelling. Rather good handwriting for a dog though.
* ThePowerOfLove: Used once to let the dog ''walk on water''.
* RugbyIsSlaughter: Wal's dreams of rugby glory in always end with him a bloodied heap being trampled into the mud. Even that one time he scored a Try after being on the field for 10 seconds.
* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Men]]: The Maori bikers are probably the New Zealandic equivalent of this trope.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Dog and Horse whenever they team up. Likewise the Dog and Major.
* SoapPunishment: Aunt Dolly does this to Wal after she hears him swearing at the livestock in an early strip. She runs across several paddocks to reach him.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Dog alternates between poetic, flowery language and New Zealand slang at the drop of a hat.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Wal is not the great sportsman he thinks he is.
** He has nothing on the Dog at times.
* SuspectIsHatless: The Dog's attempt to describe Cousin Kathy includes that she only has hair on the top of her head and she walks on her hind legs, because all humans look alike to him. Fortunately, Wal can't understand him anyway.
* TerribleTrio: The Murphies, and their dogs.
* ThoughtBubbleSpeech
* UpperClassTwit: Townies fill a similar role.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Rangi Jones learned all of his fighting moves from watching kung fu movies.
* WidgetSeries: It's very... New Zealandy.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Horse, of all people... er, cats.

!!''Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale'' provides examples of:

* HeyItsThatVoice: Wal is voiced by New Zealand-born, Australia-active satirist John Clarke.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: During the rugby game, Wal throws an uppercut in the scrum... and punches himself. To add insult to injury, the referee tells him that next time he punches himself, he'll be sent off.
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: Early in the film, the Dog starts drowning, prompting a flashback to his first day on the farm and his first encounters with Wal, Major, the Murphys, Jess, Cooch, and Pew.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: In the Dog's flashback, Wal's reaction to the new puppy going missing. He's too busy telling Cooch what a great little fellow the Dog was to notice that the reason for Cooch's visit is that he's found the Dog and brought him back.
* ThirdPersonFlashback: The Dog's flashback is in third-person -- and includes Wal waking up, getting dressed, spotting Aunt Dolly's car approaching, and rushing around clearing up... none of which the Dog (who was in the car with Aunt Dolly) was there for.
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