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* AdiposeRex: Flicktail from ''The Long Road'' is described as a big fat albino rat and is pretty pompous.

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* AdiposeRex: Flicktail from ''The Long Road'' is described as a big fat albino rat and is who's pretty pompous.


The next book is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA the Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and Dolph's wolves threaten them.

The third book is ''The Long Road'', published in 2013. Max and his friends encounter a group of pets on the beach who tell them about Madame Curie's owner, the woman trying to fix the Praxis virus, passing by. They go through a creepy swamp inhabited by monstrous alligators, a sinister boa constrictor, and the feared Mudlurker (whose frightful howls are from a lonely Saint Bernard named Georgie). When they arrive at a friendly town of friendly pets, they find out more about the Praxis virus and how Dr. Lynn tried to fix it. Now encouraged that the humans could come back, Max and his friends continue on to Baton Rouge, where they encounter another gang of rats who idolize Rocky, Boss's lost love Belle (who has gone crazy from loneliness) and Dolph and his wolf pack once again.

The fourth and final book is ''Journey's End'', published in 2014. With their journey ending soon, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo hear from a herd of stampeding horses that they're fleeing from a wall with humans behind it. This makes them more determined to find their owners, so they head west towards the desert. Along the way, they escape the storm through some mining tunnels and come across a little town of pets living at a train museum. Not far after them are Dolph and his wolves, who have made a temporary alliance with a pack of coyotes to face off against Max in a final showdown.

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The next book is books that come after include ''Dark Waters'', published Waters'' (published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA the Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and Dolph's wolves threaten them.

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The fourth and final book is
''Journey's End'', published End'' (published in 2014. With their journey ending soon, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo hear from a herd of stampeding horses that they're fleeing from a wall with humans behind it. This makes them more determined to find their owners, so they head west towards the desert. Along the way, they escape the storm through some mining tunnels and come across a little town of pets living at a train museum. Not far after them are Dolph and his wolves, who have made a temporary alliance with a pack of coyotes to face off against Max in a final showdown.
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* AttackAttackAttack: This is Dolph's way of handling obstacles: attacking them. One obstacle includes an African elephant (which is many times bigger than Dolph and his wolves).

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* AttackAttackAttack: This is Dolph's way of handling obstacles: just attacking them. One such obstacle includes an African elephant (which is many times bigger than Dolph and his wolves).wolves), and Dolph decides to attack him. The result is The Mountain thrashing the wolves [[CurbStompBattle pretty easily]].



* ThoseWilyCoyotes: Along with the wolves, Max and his friends encounter an angry pack of coyotes in ''Journey's End''. The coyotes soon form a temporary alliance with the wolves to take down Max.

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* ThoseWilyCoyotes: Along with the wolves, Max and his friends encounter an angry pack of coyotes in ''Journey's End''. The coyotes soon form a temporary alliance with the wolves to take down Max.Max, but they start fighting with each other when they corner Max, competing over who gets to kill him.



** Panda and Possum, two cat sisters in the house of cats, reuniting with their man.

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** Panda and Possum, the two cat sisters in the house of cats, reuniting with their man.


The book series begins with ''The Vanishing'', where a Labrador retriever named Max escapes from the vet's kennel and sees that there are no humans left in town. After a fierce encounter with a pack of wolves, Max and a dachshund named Rocky team up together to set out and find their owners. Along the way, they encounter a group of kibble-loving dogs led by a poodle named Dandyclaw (and where they meet their third traveling companion, Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier), a house full of cats, a gang of rats led by their rhyming king, and a gang of dogs called the Corporation, who want to let society be ruled by dogs and dogs only.

The next book is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA the Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and wolves threaten them.

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The book series begins with ''The Vanishing'', where a Labrador retriever named Max escapes from the vet's kennel and sees that there are no humans left in town. After a fierce encounter with a pack of wolves, wolves (led by their aggressive alpha, Dolph), Max and a dachshund named Rocky team up together to set out and find their owners. Along the way, they encounter a group of kibble-loving dogs led by a poodle named Dandyclaw (and where they meet their third traveling companion, Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier), a house full of cats, a gang of rats led by their rhyming king, and a gang of dogs called the Corporation, who want to let society be ruled by dogs and dogs only.

only. All the while, Dolph and his wolves trail Max and his friends, determined to kill them.

The next book is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA the Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and Dolph's wolves threaten them.



The fourth and final book is ''Journey's End'', published in 2014. With their journey ending soon, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo hear from a herd of stampeding horses that they're fleeing from a wall with humans behind it. This makes them more determined to find their owners, so they head west towards the desert. Along the way, they escape the storm through some mining tunnels, come across a little town of pets living at a train museum, and a family of armadillos. Not far after them are Dolph and his wolves, who have made a temporary alliance with a pack of coyotes to face off against Max in a final showdown.

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The fourth and final book is ''Journey's End'', published in 2014. With their journey ending soon, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo hear from a herd of stampeding horses that they're fleeing from a wall with humans behind it. This makes them more determined to find their owners, so they head west towards the desert. Along the way, they escape the storm through some mining tunnels, tunnels and come across a little town of pets living at a train museum, and a family of armadillos.museum. Not far after them are Dolph and his wolves, who have made a temporary alliance with a pack of coyotes to face off against Max in a final showdown.



* AttackAttackAttack: This is Dolph's way of handling obstacles: attacking them. One obstacle includes an African elephant (which is many times bigger than Dolph and his wolves).



* DeadpanSnarker:
** Rocky always has something to remark about in a situation, often being sarcastic.
** Gertrude the pig always talks down to the dogs in a snide and condescending manner.



** The Chairman and his fellow Doberman pinschers are fierce attack dogs.

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** The Chairman and his fellow Doberman pinschers are fierce attack dogs. Fester (a Rottweiler whose breed is known to be as fierce as a Doberman) subverts this: acting tough at first, but being more friendly and cooperative when Max beats him in a duel.



* GracefulLoser: In ''The Vanishing'', Fester the rottweiler and Max fight for leadership of the Chairman's prisoners. When Max wins, Fester takes his loss pretty well, following Max wholeheartedly and giving him a nickname (Fleetfoot).



* InsistentTerminology: Dandyclaw doesn't like having his name messed up by Rocky, who snarkily calls him silly names like "Dandypuff", and he's growl "It's Dandy''claw''" and others like that. But when Rocky finally calls him Dandyclaw seriously, Dandyclaw starts barking "It's Dandy-", but then he realizes that Rocky actually said his name right.

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* InsistentTerminology: InsistentTerminology:
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Dandyclaw doesn't like having his name messed up by Rocky, who snarkily calls him silly names like "Dandypuff", and he's growl "It's Dandy''claw''" and others like that. But when Rocky finally calls him Dandyclaw seriously, Dandyclaw starts barking "It's Dandy-", but then he realizes that Rocky actually said his name right.right.
** In the same book, Dandyclaw prefers that the dogs go by the names he gives them instead of the names their owners gave them ("Softspike" for Gizmo and "Sturdystep" for Brahms).



** Rocky mentions seeing a movie with his owners about yellow bricks on a road, most likely referring to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
*** The four-book series must really love shout-outs to ''The Wizard Of Oz''. One example in ''Journey's End'' is when a mouse yells into a megaphone to scare away predators. When found out, the mouse (named Samson) declares, "Pay no attention to the mouse behind the booth!"
*** A minor example is Rocky mentioning that he's afraid of encountering lions and tigers and bears on their journey.

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** The four-book series must really love shout-outs to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. In the first and second books, Rocky mentions seeing a movie with his owners about yellow bricks on a road, most likely referring to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
the movie.
*** The four-book series must really love shout-outs to ''The Wizard Of Oz''. One A pretty good example in ''Journey's End'' is when a mouse yells into a megaphone to scare away predators. When found out, out by Max and his friends, the mouse (named Samson) declares, "Pay no attention to the mouse behind the booth!"
*** A minor example in the same book is Rocky mentioning that he's afraid of encountering lions and tigers and bears on their journey.



* SpiritAdvisor: Madame Curie and Boss act as this to Max after both of them died in the first two books.

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* SpiritAdvisor: Madame Curie and Boss act as this to Max after both of them they died in the first two books.



* TookALevelInBadass: Georgie in ''The Long Road'' slowly goes from a timid and lonely defeatist to a determined and braver dog.



* WhiteAndGrayMorality: While mostly a BlackAndWhiteMorality story, it ultimately becomes this when Max thinks that most animals have a chance to be good (he even feels sorry for animals like Dandyclaw and The Chairman). The only exception is Dolph and his pack, whose anger keeps them going in their revenge on Max.

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* WhiteAndGrayMorality: While mostly a BlackAndWhiteMorality story, it ultimately becomes this when Max thinks that most animals have a chance to be good (he good. He even feels sorry for animals like Dandyclaw and The Chairman). Chairman for being separated from their owners. The only exception is Dolph and his pack, whose anger keeps them going in their revenge on Max.Max, though Max decides that not all wolves are bad.


Positively ''not'' [[IThoughtItMeant to be confused]] with ''Literature/TheDogs''.

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Positively ''not'' [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant to be confused]] with ''Literature/TheDogs''.

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Positively ''not'' [[IThoughtItMeant to be confused]] with ''Literature/TheDogs''.

Compare and contrast ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'' or ''Literature/DogsOfTheDrownedCity'', which [[DuelingMovies have similar themes]].


* ButNotTooForeign: Gizmo mentions meeting and falling for a wiemaraner named Gunther, who had come from Europe but had since learned the language of American dogs.



* DefiantToTheEnd: On their way to get revenge on Max, Dolph and his wolf pack attack the house of cats that Max and his friends visited. Their leader Raoul tries to fight them off while the other cats escape, but the wolves kill the leader cat anyway... and eat another cat as well.
* DetectiveAnimal: Max and his friends come across a sanctuary for lost pets in ''The Long Road'', run by German shepherd police dogs.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: On their way to get revenge on Max, Dolph and his wolf pack attack the house of cats that Max and his friends visited. Their leader Raoul tries to fight them off while the other cats escape, but the wolves kill the leader cat anyway... and eat another cat as well.
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* DetectiveAnimal: Max and his friends come across a sanctuary for lost pets in ''The Long Road'', and they're mainly run by German shepherd police dogs.dogs who patrol the town.



** Julep and Dixie, two of several German shepherds, are police dogs.

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** Julep and Dixie, two of several German shepherds, are capable police dogs.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''The Long Road'', Dolph realizes that they're too weak to fight police dogs, and he grudgingly decides to ask Max for help. When one of his wolves tries attacking Max and some livestock, Dolph thrashes said wolf for his recklessness and threatens to exile him if he tried anything like that again.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''The Long Road'', Dolph realizes that they're too weak to fight police dogs, and he grudgingly decides to ask Max for help. When one of his wolves tries attacking Max and some livestock, Dolph thrashes berates said wolf for his recklessness and threatens to exile him if he tried anything like that again.



* HonorableElephant: Mortimer the elephant in ''Dark Waters'' is one, though he refers to be called "The Mountain". He had come from a laboratory where animals were experimented on to make them as smart as humans (along with him were Madame Curie and Gertrude the pig), with a kind of drug called Praxis. Though he is honorable, he's prone to throwing wild temper tantrums (due to having been away from his fellow elephants for a long time).

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* HonorableElephant: Mortimer the elephant in ''Dark Waters'' is one, though he refers to be called "The Mountain". He had come from a laboratory where animals were experimented on to make them as smart as humans (along with him were Madame Curie and Gertrude the pig), with a kind of drug called Praxis. Though he is honorable, he's prone to throwing wild temper tantrums (due to having been away from his fellow elephants for a long time).time), though he does save Max and his friends from the wolves during one of his tantrums.



* {{Hypocrite}}: The Chairman talks a lot about order and progress, saying that every dog must obey his commands. Yet as Gizmo demonstrates, The Chairman is very eager to obey simple commands like "Sit" and "Roll over".
* InsistentTerminology: Dandyclaw doesn't like having his name messed up by Rocky, who snarkily calls him stuff like "Dandypuff", and he's growl "It's Dandy''claw''" and others like that. But when Rocky finally calls him Dandyclaw seriously, Dandyclaw starts barking "It's Dandy-", but then he realizes that Rocky actually said his name right.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: The Chairman talks a lot about order and progress, saying that every dog must obey his commands. Yet as Gizmo demonstrates, The Chairman is very eager to obey simple commands like "Sit" and "Roll over".
over". Earlier, he boasts about how he's leading a civilized dog society, only for Max to call him out for [[spoiler:savagely beating Madame Curie and leaving her to die]].
* InsistentTerminology: Dandyclaw doesn't like having his name messed up by Rocky, who snarkily calls him stuff silly names like "Dandypuff", and he's growl "It's Dandy''claw''" and others like that. But when Rocky finally calls him Dandyclaw seriously, Dandyclaw starts barking "It's Dandy-", but then he realizes that Rocky actually said his name right.



* KickTheDog: As a case of another dog kicking the dog, The Chairman beats Madame Curie badly to the point where she's permanently crippled. He then refuses to let anyone help her and forces her to die alone.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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As a case of another dog kicking the dog, The Chairman beats Madame Curie badly to the point where she's permanently crippled. He then refuses to let anyone help her and forces her to die alone.alone in a cold office room.
** Dolph shows he's serious in destroying Max by attacking the house of cats and killing Raoul.



* PapaWolf: The reason that Hank the possum leads Max and his friends to the alligators is that the gators had threatened to eat his children if he didn't get them anything to eat. He ends up helping the dogs escape the gators later with some help from his children.
* PluckyComicRelief: Rocky is the jokester of the trio, always providing a snarky line to a situation.

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* PapaWolf: PapaWolf:
** Max being this kicks off the series, wanting to help his child owners Charlie and Emma. He wants to be with them and help them so much that he crosses half of the country to find them again.
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The reason that Hank the possum leads Max and his friends to the alligators is that the gators had threatened to eat his children if he didn't get them anything to eat. He ends up helping the dogs escape the gators later with some help from his children.
* PluckyComicRelief: Rocky is the jokester of the trio, always providing a snarky line to a situation. He even says at one point that he's the comic relief of the trio.



* RedBaron: The animals near the swamp tell of a monster called the "Mudlurker", a great beast that frightens even alligators with its unearthly deep howls. When Max and his friends encounter the Mudlurker, it turns out to be anything but terrifying: it turns out to be a sad and lonely Saint Bernard named Georgie.

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* RedBaron: The animals near the swamp tell of a monster called the "Mudlurker", a great beast that frightens even alligators with its unearthly deep howls. When Max and his friends encounter the Mudlurker, it turns out to be anything but terrifying: it the Mudlurker turns out to be a sad and lonely Saint Bernard named Georgie.Georgie.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent:
** The alligators from ''The Long Road'' are sinister antagonists to the dogs when they go through the swamp.
** A milder case in the same book is the boa constrictor, who won't let the dogs pass until he gets to eat one of them. Fortunately, Rocky tricks the big snake into jumping into the river, thus letting them pass.

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The next book that is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA the Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and wolves threaten them.

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The next book that is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA the Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and wolves threaten them.


The next book that is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA The Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and wolves threaten them.

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The next book that is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA The the Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and wolves threaten them.


The book series begins with ''The Vanishing'', where a Labrador retriever named Max escapes from the vet's kennel and sees that there are no humans left in town. After a fierce encounter with a pack of wolves, Max and a dachshund named Rocky team up together to set out and find their owners. Along the way, they encounter a group of kibble-loving dogs led by a poodle named Dandyclaw (and where they meet their third traveling companion, Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier), a house full of cats, a gang of rats led by their rhyming king, and a gang of dogs called The Corporation, who want to let society be ruled by dogs and dogs only.

The book that follows the first is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA The Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and wolves threaten them.

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The book series begins with ''The Vanishing'', where a Labrador retriever named Max escapes from the vet's kennel and sees that there are no humans left in town. After a fierce encounter with a pack of wolves, Max and a dachshund named Rocky team up together to set out and find their owners. Along the way, they encounter a group of kibble-loving dogs led by a poodle named Dandyclaw (and where they meet their third traveling companion, Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier), a house full of cats, a gang of rats led by their rhyming king, and a gang of dogs called The the Corporation, who want to let society be ruled by dogs and dogs only.

The next book that follows the first is ''Dark Waters'', published in 2013. After leaving the Chairman and his city behind, Max and his friends find a riverboat where dogs live, led by an old Australian shepherd named Boss. They leave for the city to find a laboratory that the wise old Madame Curie told them about, to find the source of what made the humans leave. But when Rocky gets separated and goes to a zoo, they find an elephant named Mortimer (AKA The Mountain) and a pig named Gertrude, who reveal more of the mysterious Praxis experiment. Ultimately, Max, Rocky, and Gizmo have to help the riverside dogs escape their boat after robbers and wolves threaten them.


The book series begins with ''The Vanishing'', where a Labrador retriever named Max who (after escaping from the vet's kennel) sees that there are no humans left in town. After a fierce encounter with a pack of wolves, Max and a dachshund named Rocky team up together to set out and find their owners. Along the way, they encounter a group of kibble-loving dogs led by a poodle named Dandyclaw (and where they meet their third traveling companion, Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier), a house full of cats, a gang of rats led by their rhyming king, and a gang of dogs called The Corporation, who want to let society be ruled by dogs and dogs only.

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The book series begins with ''The Vanishing'', where a Labrador retriever named Max who (after escaping escapes from the vet's kennel) kennel and sees that there are no humans left in town. After a fierce encounter with a pack of wolves, Max and a dachshund named Rocky team up together to set out and find their owners. Along the way, they encounter a group of kibble-loving dogs led by a poodle named Dandyclaw (and where they meet their third traveling companion, Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier), a house full of cats, a gang of rats led by their rhyming king, and a gang of dogs called The Corporation, who want to let society be ruled by dogs and dogs only.



* ACatInAGangOfDogs: Inverted with Buddha, a Chihuahua who lives with a house of cats. He even starts acting like a cat, though the other dogs have caught him eating regular dog food instead of cat food.

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* ACatInAGangOfDogs: ACatInAGangOfDogs:
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Inverted with Buddha, a Chihuahua who lives with a house of cats. He even starts acting like a cat, though the other dogs have caught him eating regular dog food instead of cat food.



* CoolOldGuy: Boss the Australian shepherd from ''Dark Waters'' leads a boatload of dogs alongside a Dalmatian named Zephyr. Though at first wary of Max and his friends, he shortly warms up to them and helps them on their quest to find the lab where Madame Curie lived. He even knows some zoo animals, who jovially greet him like an old friend.

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* CoolOldGuy: CoolOldGuy:
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Boss the Australian shepherd from ''Dark Waters'' leads a boatload of dogs alongside a Dalmatian named Zephyr. Though at first wary of Max and his friends, he shortly warms up to them and helps them on their quest to find the lab where Madame Curie lived. He even knows some zoo animals, who jovially greet him like an old friend.



* CoolOldLady: Madame Curie, another Labrador retriever, had become Max's friend in the kennel, giving him friendly advice. Besides his owners, Madame is also on list of friends to find. They eventually find her with the Corporation near the end of the first book, but [[spoiler:she had been beaten badly and left for dead by The Chairman]].

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* CoolOldLady: CoolOldLady:
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Madame Curie, another Labrador retriever, had become Max's friend in the kennel, giving him friendly advice. Besides his owners, Madame is also on list of friends to find. They eventually find her with the Corporation near the end of the first book, but [[spoiler:she had been beaten badly and left for dead by The Chairman]].



* DefiantToTheEnd: On their way to get revenge on Max, Dolph and his wolf pack attack the house of cats that Max and his friends visited. Their leader Raoul tries to fight them off while the other cats escaped, but the wolves kill the leader cat anyway...and eat another cat as well.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: On their way to get revenge on Max, Dolph and his wolf pack attack the house of cats that Max and his friends visited. Their leader Raoul tries to fight them off while the other cats escaped, escape, but the wolves kill the leader cat anyway...anyway... and eat another cat as well.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Boss gets one when he's on the burning boat, ready to explode. When it explodes, it wounds Boss greatly, but he survives long enough to get everyone to safety. And when he dies, the dogs praise him on being a great dog, and Captain gently rests his captain's hat onto Boss's head.

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: DyingMomentOfAwesome:
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Boss gets one when he's on the burning boat, ready to explode. When it explodes, it wounds Boss greatly, but he survives long enough to get everyone to safety. And when he dies, the dogs praise him on being a great dog, and Captain gently rests his captain's hat onto Boss's head.



* EveryoneHasStandards: Gizmo may like many animals, but she doesn't really like certain animals like [[SpoiledBrat the red panda sisters]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Gertrude]]. She also declares that she really ''hates'' the Chairman and the alligators, even saying that she usually never hates anyone.

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Gizmo may like many animals, but she doesn't really like certain animals like [[SpoiledBrat the red panda sisters]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Gertrude]]. She also declares that she really ''hates'' the Chairman and the alligators, even saying that she usually never hates anyone.



* NiceMice: In ''Journey's End'', the dogs encounter a gang of mice, whose leader named Samson pretends to be a giant monster to scare away predators. When the dogs tell them that they're not going to eat them, the mice become more helpful...at least until the wolves show up, then they get mad at the dogs for leading the wolves to probably eat them.

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* NiceMice: In ''Journey's End'', the dogs encounter a gang of mice, whose leader named Samson pretends to be a giant monster to scare away predators. When the dogs tell them that they're not going to eat them, the mice become more helpful... at least until the wolves show up, then they get mad at the dogs for leading the wolves to probably eat them.



* SpoiledBrat: Scarlet and Rose, the twin red pandas, seem to enjoy making fun of Barbs the hyena and pestering other animals around the zoo.

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* SpoiledBrat: SpoiledBrat:
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Scarlet and Rose, the twin red pandas, seem to enjoy making fun of Barbs the hyena and pestering other animals around the zoo.



* VillainousBreakdown: Dandyclaw is angry that some dogs are trying to leave his Enclave and does a MotiveRant, ranting on how humans had abandoned their dogs and how he was the savior of dogs. When the wolves arrive, he suddenly starts crying and how he needs Precious (AKA the Chairman) with him.

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* VillainousBreakdown: VillainousBreakdown:
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Dandyclaw is angry that some dogs are trying to leave his Enclave and does a MotiveRant, ranting on how humans had abandoned their dogs and how he was the savior of dogs. When the wolves arrive, he suddenly starts crying and how he needs Precious (AKA the Chairman) with him.



* YouDirtyRat: Subverted with Longtooth and his gang of subway rats in ''The Vanishing''. He RhymesOnADime and is bigger than the other rats, but he's swayed when Rocky starts boasting about their long journey so far. This impresses Longtooth so much that he admits that he's faked his rhyming dialect and shows his support for the traveling dogs, even promising to spread the word to his fellow rats.
** It's played a little more straight in ''The Long Road'', with [[AdiposeRex Flicktail]] and his rats. They've heard of Rocky and the tales he told and worship him like a god. But Flicktail doesn't want the dogs to leave so that they can hear stories, so they keep the traveling dogs ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and a labradoodle named Whitey]]) as prisoners-slash-guests.

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* YouDirtyRat: YouDirtyRat:
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Subverted with Longtooth and his gang of subway rats in ''The Vanishing''. He RhymesOnADime and is bigger than the other rats, but he's swayed when Rocky starts boasting about their long journey so far. This impresses Longtooth so much that he admits that he's faked his rhyming dialect and shows his support for the traveling dogs, even promising to spread the word to his fellow rats.
** It's played a little more straight in ''The Long Road'', with [[AdiposeRex Flicktail]] and his rats. They've heard of Rocky and the tales he told and worship him like a god. But Flicktail doesn't want the dogs to leave so that they can hear stories, so they keep the traveling dogs ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and a labradoodle named Whitey]]) as prisoners-slash-guests.prisoners-slash-guests.
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* [[BondingOverMissingParents Bonding Over Missing Owners]]: Max manages to get Spots to open up by mentioning that his owners would have loved seeing the train museum, adding that Emma wanted to be a conductor when she grows up. This makes Spots, who had lost his owners and his brother, feel a little hopeful again as he finally tells him and the others about the wall he and Dots went to.



** Dandyclaw the poodle is snooty and [PsychoPoodle a little psycho]].

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** Dandyclaw the poodle is snooty and [PsychoPoodle [[PsychoPoodle a little psycho]].



* GoneMadFromTheIsolation: Being alone without any humans has taken its toll on Belle, making her desperate and lonely. Hearing that Boss left overnight finally pushes her over the edge.



** In ''Dark Waters'', Gizmo wants to explore a crocodile's zoo exhibit. Max and Boss are immediately against the idea.

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** In ''Dark Waters'', Gizmo wants to explore a crocodile's zoo exhibit. Max and Boss are immediately ''immediately'' against the idea.



* ShipTease: There's several intimate moments between Rocky and Gizmo throughout all four books, and it finally ends with them becoming mates and having four puppies.



* SpockSpeak: Raoul often speaks like this in a stoic tone, to either other cats or dogs. He breaks this speech a bit when he shares his story about how he was separated from his old lady.



* {{Wangst}}: In-Universe, where Rocky starts whining about how Max got his owner's home on fire and how he's now forced to be a stray. He stops as soon as Max mentions that there's food at

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* {{Wangst}}: In-Universe, where Rocky starts whining about how Max got his owner's home on fire and how he's now forced to be a stray. He stops as soon as Max mentions that there's food atat the farm where he lives.


* AnimalTesting: Eighteen animals had been used for the Praxis experiment, thus making them as smart as humans. It's succeeded with Madame Curie the Labrador retriever, Gertrude the pig, Mortimer the African elephant (AKA The Mountain), and an off-screen dolphin.

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* AnimalTesting: Eighteen animals had been used for the Praxis experiment, thus making them as smart as humans. It's succeeded with Madame Curie the Labrador retriever, Gertrude the pig, Mortimer the African elephant (AKA The Mountain), and an off-screen dolphin.dolphin.
* AnimalStampede: Near the start of ''Journey's End'', the dogs are nearly trampled by a herd of horses escaping the "silver wall of doom".



* AnimalStampede: Near the start of ''Journey's End'', the dogs are nearly trampled by a herd of horses escaping the "silver wall of doom".



** The first one happens in ''The Vanishing'', when Rocky shoves a gumball machine onto Wretch the wolf to save Max.

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** The first one happens in ''The Vanishing'', when Rocky shoves a gumball machine onto Wretch the wolf to save Max. He saves Max once more in ''Journey's End'' by flat-out jumping onto Dolph and biting whatever he can reach.



* TheBusCameBack: After having been attacked by the wolf pack in ''The Vanishing'', the cats from the CrazyCatLady house reappear in ''The Long Road'', as they moved down to the Gulf Coast, where Dr. Lynn takes care of them and other pets at the beach.



* CharacterDevelopment: Out of the main trio, Rocky gets the most development, going from a fat spoiled dog to a braver dog willing to help others. He even lampshades his development when Max tells him and Gizmo that they're his family.



* CowardlyLion: When the trio first meet Georgie, he would often cry about whatever situation they're in being hopeless. Over the course of ''The Long Road'', Georgie starts being braver, leading his friends to Baton Rouge and even standing up against Belle's mutt to let his friends escape.

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* CowardlyLion: When the trio first meet Georgie, he would often cry about whatever situation they're in being hopeless. Over the course of ''The Long Road'', Georgie starts being braver, leading his friends to Baton Rouge and even standing up against Belle's mutt pack of mutts to let his friends escape.



* DefiantToTheEnd: On their way to get revenge on Max, Dolph and his wolf pack attack the house of cats that Max and his friends visited. Their leader Raoul tries to fight them off while the other cats escaped, but the wolves kill the leader cat anyway.[[spoiler:...and eat another cat as well.]]

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* DefiantToTheEnd: On their way to get revenge on Max, Dolph and his wolf pack attack the house of cats that Max and his friends visited. Their leader Raoul tries to fight them off while the other cats escaped, but the wolves kill the leader cat anyway.[[spoiler:...anyway...and eat another cat as well.]]



* DogStereotype:
** Max is the heroic and kind retriever.
** Rocky is the spunky and stubborn dachshund.
** Gizmo is the yippy and excitable little terrier.
** Dandyclaw the poodle is snooty and [PsychoPoodle a little psycho]].
** The Chairman and his fellow Doberman pinschers are fierce attack dogs.
** Julep and Dixie, two of several German shepherds, are police dogs.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Boss gets one when he's on the burning boat, ready to explode. When it explodes, it wounds Boss greatly, but he survives long enough to get everyone to safety. And when he dies, the dogs praise him on being a great dog, and Captain gently rests his captain's hat onto Boss's head.
** Raoul the cat gets a milder example when he tries fighting off a wolf pack until they kill him.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''The Long Road'', Dolph realizes that they're too weak to fight police dogs, and he grudgingly decides to ask Max for help. When one of his wolves tries attacking Max and some livestock, Dolph thrashes said wolf for his recklessness and threatens to exile him if he tried anything like that again.



* InterspeciesAdoption: Buddha the Chihuahua seems to have been raised around cats all his life, even going so far as to act like a cat.
* ItsPersonal: Dolph believes that the feud between him and Max got personal when Max had injured one of his pack members.



* KickTheDog: As a case of another dog kicking the dog, The Chairman beats Madame Curie badly to the point where she's permanently crippled. He then refuses to let anyone help her and forces her to die alone.



* LeeroyJenkins: This is Gizmo's FatalFlaw, which got her separated from her humans, having chased after a squirrel without a second thought. The series shows her trying to struggle against rushing headlong into dangerous situations.



** In ''The Long Road'', the dogs are ambushed by three alligators in the swamp. They seem to subvert this trope when the head alligator says that they just wanted to invite Max and his friends to a party they're hosting. But they double subverts the trope by telling them that there's no escaping the swamp, adding nastily that their humans no longer love them, and Max retorts that they're wrong. Because of this, the alligators switch back to trying to chase them down.

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** In ''The Long Road'', the dogs are ambushed by three alligators in the swamp. They seem to subvert this trope when the head alligator says that they just wanted to invite Max and his friends to a party they're hosting. But they Gizmo thinks that they're double subverts subverting the trope trope, and the alligators indeed do that by telling them that there's no escaping the swamp, adding nastily that their humans no longer love them, and until Max retorts that they're wrong. Because of this, the alligators switch back to trying to chase them down.



* PapaWolf: The reason that Hank the possum leads Max and his friends to the alligators is that the gators had threatened to eat his children if he didn't get them anything to eat. He ends up helping the dogs escape the gators later with some help from his children.



* ProperlyParanoid: Gertrude rants about how she needs protection while on the trip to the Praxis lab, saying that animals will see her as a walking ham lunch. Max thinks she's full of hot air, but when he later sees Gertrude surrounded by Dolph and his wolf pack, he sees that the pig was right in asking for protection.



* SiblingYinYang: Panda and Possum, the cat sisters, are about as different as day and night. Panda is gentle and kind, while Possum is snarky and brash.



* TraumaticHaircut: Max thinks at first that the junkyard rats in ''The Long Road'' had mangled Whitey's fur. Whitey reassures him that he was just born this way, saying that he got it from his poodle mother.



* VerbalTic: Rocky always calls bigger dogs (and other bigger animals) "big guy" or "big gal".

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* VerbalTic: Rocky always calls bigger dogs (and other bigger animals) "big guy" or "big gal".Barbs the hyena often laughs, as expected of a spotted hyena.



* {{Wangst}}: In-Universe, where Rocky starts whining about how Max got his owner's home on fire and how he's now forced to be a stray. He stops as soon as Max mentions that there's food at
-->'''Max''': Weren't you just howling about how I ruined your life?
-->'''Rocky''': I just get a little cranky when I'm hungry.



** Spots reuniting with his brother Dots, as well as Stripes the skunk becoming a part of their family.

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** Spots reuniting with his brother Dots, as well as Stripes the skunk becoming a part of their family. Along with that, Tiffany the raccoon finally got recognition as a master thief.


* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Thanks to Praxis, animals affected by it become smarter. The Mountain even tells about the dogs' life story by their body shapes or scars and even on Dolph, leading to [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech taunting him for his flaws]].

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Thanks to Praxis, animals affected by it become smarter. The Mountain even tells about relates the dogs' life story by their from body shapes or scars and even on Dolph, leading to [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech taunting him for his flaws]].



* HonorableElephant: Mortimer the elephant in ''Dark Waters'' is one, though he refers to be called "The Mountain". He had come from a laboratory where animals were experimented on to make them as smart as humans (along with him were Madame Curie and Gertrude the pig), with a kind of drug called Praxis. Though he is honorable, he's prone to throwing wild temper tantrums due to having been away from his fellow elephants for a long time.

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* HonorableElephant: Mortimer the elephant in ''Dark Waters'' is one, though he refers to be called "The Mountain". He had come from a laboratory where animals were experimented on to make them as smart as humans (along with him were Madame Curie and Gertrude the pig), with a kind of drug called Praxis. Though he is honorable, he's prone to throwing wild temper tantrums due (due to having been away from his fellow elephants for a long time.time).



* WhiteAndGrayMorality: While mostly a BlackAndWhiteMorality story, it ultimately becomes this when Max thinks that most animals have a chance to be good (he even feels sorry for animals like Dandyclaw and The Chairman). The only exception is Dolph and his pack, whose anger keep them going in their revenge on Max.

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* WhiteAndGrayMorality: While mostly a BlackAndWhiteMorality story, it ultimately becomes this when Max thinks that most animals have a chance to be good (he even feels sorry for animals like Dandyclaw and The Chairman). The only exception is Dolph and his pack, whose anger keep keeps them going in their revenge on Max.


* AgonyOfTheFeet: Max flat-out breaks a paw in ''Journey's End'' while leading the wolves and coyotes away from Rocky and Gizmo. It doesn't stop him from facing them, though.
* AnimalTesting: Eighteen animals had been used for the Praxis experiment, thus making them as smart as humans. It's succeeded with Madame Curie the Labrador retriever, Gertrude the pig, Mortimer the African elephant (AKA The Mountain), and an off-screen dolphin.



* CowardlyLion: When the trio first meet Georgie, he would often cry about whatever situation they're in being hopeless. Over the course of ''The Long Road'', Georgie starts being braver, leading his friends to Baton Rouge and even standing up against Belle's mutt to let his friends escape.



* DontSplitUsUp: After finally finding the humans and Max is reunited with his owners, Dr. Lynn talks about sending Rocky to Florida to be with his owner. The trio is horrified and sad at the thought of being split up, and Max decides to run away with his friends so that they'd never get separated. Fortunately, Dr. Lynn figures out that they don't want to be separated, and Charlie and Emma decide to adopt Rocky and Gizmo.



* HorseJump: One of the horses in ''Journey's End'', Savannah Rose (AKA Rosy), mentions that no animal can jump over the great silver wall. Even she should know, she adds, for she's been an award-winning show jumper.



* MixedAncestry: Max's nieces and nephews are Dorkies, their father being a dachshund and their mother being a Yorkshire Terrier.
** Whitey the Labradoodle has a Labrador retriever father and a poodle mother.
* MyGreatestFailure: Dr. Lynn sees her Praxis experiment as this, the virus being the reason why the people and birds disappeared. So she spends the rest of the series working hard to find a cure.



* NiceMice: In ''Journey's End'', the dogs encounter a gang of mice, whose leader named Samson pretends to be a giant monster to scare away predators. When the dogs tell them that they're not going to eat them, the mice become more helpful.

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* NiceMice: In ''Journey's End'', the dogs encounter a gang of mice, whose leader named Samson pretends to be a giant monster to scare away predators. When the dogs tell them that they're not going to eat them, the mice become more helpful.helpful...at least until the wolves show up, then they get mad at the dogs for leading the wolves to probably eat them.



* PluckyComedyRelief: Rocky is the jokester of the trio, always providing a snarky line to a situation.

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* PluckyComedyRelief: PluckyComicRelief: Rocky is the jokester of the trio, always providing a snarky line to a situation.



* SavageWolves: Ever since the confrontation at the Vet's office, Dolph and his wolf pack want revenge on Max. So much so that they pretty much cross half of the country to hunt him and his friends down.

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* SavageWolves: Ever since the confrontation at the Vet's office, Dolph and his wolf pack want revenge on Max. So much so that they pretty much cross half of the country to hunt him and his friends down. Max ultimately decides that this trope is subverted, saying in ''Journey's End'' that not all wolves are savages and that it was mainly Dolph who was the troublesome wolf.



* ThoseWilyCoyotes: Along with the wolves, Max and his friends encounter an angry pack of coyotes in ''Journey's End''. The coyotes form a temporary alliance with the wolves to take down Max.

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* ThoseWilyCoyotes: Along with the wolves, Max and his friends encounter an angry pack of coyotes in ''Journey's End''. The coyotes soon form a temporary alliance with the wolves to take down Max.Max.
* TrueCompanions: Max eventually considers Rocky and Gizmo more than just his best friends after all they've been through. He considers them family, and he's very happy when his owners decide to adopt Rocky and Gizmo.

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