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The main and supporting characters from the three books of the Dogs Of The Drowned City book series.

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Shep is a male German shepherd and the main protagonist of the trilogy. He lives a good life with his Boy in Miami, Florida, until a hurricane forces his owners to evacuate and leave him behind. At first reluctant to leave home, Shep finds himself becoming the alpha of a big group of dogs left behind in the storm.

  • A God I Am Not: In the latter half of The Pack, he tries in vain to tell the other dogs that he's not his hero, the Great Wolf.
  • Dog Stereotype: He's the brave and heroic German shepherd of the story.
  • Heroic Dog: Of the German shepherd variety.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Being a German shepherd, he's bigger than his pug-mixed friend Callie.
  • I Will Find You: In a non-romantic way in The Pack, he tells Callie he'll find her at where the humans take her.
  • Insistent Terminology: This part:
    Blaze: Looks like the pack has lost faith in their hero, Shep the Great Woof.
    Shep: Great Wolf.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He may be heroic and brave, but he's pretty prejudiced against small dogs ("yappers") and cats. The trilogy shows him shedding this attitude.
  • Shamed by a Mob: He goes through this in every book. In The Storm, he gets dirty looks for accidentally crushing Dover's tail under some wood. In The Pack, he gets these most of the time for not being decisive on how to handle pack affairs, like running out of water or not getting rid of snakes. In The Return, he gets scolded a lot for being mean to humans, even if he's well-meaning in trying to keep them safe.


Callie is a little pug/Jack Russell mixed breed who eventually becomes Shep's best friend. During the storm, she develops the brains between the duo.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Callie had wanted to run free one day, just for one day, with no humans around. Well, the storm does a good job in bringing that reality to life.
    • In a more serious manner, Callie decides to try eating plants to save up on food. Eating the wrong kind of plants makes her terribly sick.
  • Berserk Button: She really doesn't like being made fun of because of being a yapper and a mixed breed.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Because Callie is a pug mix, she's smaller than her German shepherd friend Shep.
  • The Rival: To Blaze, whom she believes is always telling Shep what to do all the time.
  • The Smart Girl: Out of the duo of her and Shep, she has more brains.


Zeus is a boxer and one of the main antagonists of the trilogy. He was Shep's best friend before the hurricane hits and is very disdainful towards "yappers". He ends up leaving to form his own pack, swearing that he and Shep will fight for real one day.

  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Along with Kaz, Blaze, and wild dogs, he's one of the main bad guys of the trilogy.
  • Evil Former Friend: Once he was Shep's friend before the hurricane, but Shep wanting to protect the small dogs along with other dogs sets them up as enemies.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of The Return, he makes a genuine turn for the good.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He shows contempt towards small dogs and always uses the word "yappers" at them, a word he knows they hate.


    Introduced in The Storm 


Frizzle is a French bulldog, the first yapper seen in the series. He's rowdy and seems to be full of himself, but Callie sees something in him that Shep doesn't.


Higgins is a Brussels Griffon whose accent hints a British accent. He's also very knowledgeable about dog breeds due to wanting to be like his owner, who collects butterflies.

  • Catchphrase: "Oh, hang it all!"
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In The Pack, while Shep was looking for Honey and Fuzz, Higgins gets killed by Zeus off-screen.
  • The Smart Guy: Along with Callie, Higgins is one of the smartest dogs in the pack, able to recognize most dog breeds.


Dover is an old male Labrador retriever. He was a hunting dog in the swamps before moving to the city.

  • Cool Old Guy: He's called an "old timer" by other dogs, as most old dogs are called "old timers" in the trilogy. He's pretty supportive of Shep and offers support.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He's stern with Shep when he hears that he let the pack chase Fuzz away.


Boji (short for Beaujolais) is a female Labrador retriever. She's a pretty timid dog and is rather afraid of steps.

  • Catchphrase: "Oh dear..."
  • The Medic: In The Pack, she's revealed to know some stuff about medicine, shown when helping Callie get rid of a toxic plant she ate by mistake.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She refuses to have anything to do with Zeus in The Return after his behavior in The Storm and The Pack.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Boji is rather scared of steps, but she'll walk over them if the pack is in danger.


Oscar is a male dachshund puppy. He looks up to Shep ever since the latter promises to find his mother for him.

  • Break the Cutie: The Pack transforms him in a bad way. He starts worshipping Shep like a god, but the more Oscar goes into his fan club, the more aggressive and bitter he becomes. Fortunately, he bounces almost back to normal at the end of the book.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: A dachshund puppy and his adult German shepherd friend.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sore that Shep had disbanded his "Stormshaker" fan club, he gets the pack into trouble by leading Zeus over to fight. The death toll really rattles him, and he begs Shep to forgive him for putting the pack in danger.
  • Save the Villain: He wants to help Zeus get around with a hurt leg, in spite of the other dogs' protests.


Daisy is a female pug. She lives with Oscar as a stern mother figure of sorts and becomes one of Shep's helpers.

  • Tough Love: After Oscar gets the pack into trouble, Daisy treats him rather coldly. Shep asks if she's being too tough on Oscar, and she says with some sadness that if she had been tougher on Oscar, he wouldn't have acted the way he did.
  • Verbal Tic: Because of her anatomy, she often snorts while she talks.

    Introduced in The Pack 


Fuzz is a Maine Coon cat. He lives with Honey, and due to being declawed, he's helpless without her. He is the only cat known so far to speak in the dog language.

  • A Cat in a Gang of Dogs: He's the only cat that Shep ever accepts into his pack.
  • Like a Son to Me: Fuzz mentions that he helped raise Honey ever since she was a puppy, so her death hits him really hard.
  • Only Sane Cat: In The Return, while some of the other dogs whine about wanting to go home or scold Shep for being mean to humans, Fuzz does neither of those things. He even tells Shep that while he makes mistakes, he's still trying to keep them together.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. Fuzz becomes friendlier with Shep after Honey's death and even becomes one of his closest advisors, though he still retains his snarky attitude.
  • True Companions: In the end of the series, Shep and Fuzz become close friends and even live together when the humans return.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Fuzz is prone to calling out Shep's faults whenever something bad happens. But in The Pack, when Honey dies from her wounds from Zeus, Fuzz flat-out screeches at Shep for leaving him and Honey to face Zeus alone.
  • You No Take Candle: Due to his cat language being strange to dogs, his manner of speaking comes out like this.


Honey is a female goldendoodle (golden retriever/poodle mix). She lives with Fuzz, a declawed cat, and joins Shep's pack as long as Fuzz can come with them.

  • Friend to All Living Things: She wants to help other pets in need and is shocked that the dogs actually kill and eat a cat.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Shep refuses to let Fuzz join the pack in spite of being declawed, Honey retorts that if that's the case, then she doesn't want to be in his pack. She later snaps at Shep for being uncaring about the dogs killing a cat and asks him what he really wants from leading the pack.


Blaze is a female Australian cattle dog. She lived on a ranch with her master until the hurricane came around, thus she's lived on her own ever since.

  • Anti-Hero: She's willing to help serve the pack, but her aggressive nature makes it hard for her to get along with other dogs.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Blaze believes that, even if it hurts her to stand up to Shep since she cares about him, an alpha needs to be strong.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's ready to jump at the opportunity to keep the dogs surviving, even whipping up an anti-cat frenzy and pressuring Shep into driving Fuzz out.
  • The Nicknamer: Blaze is fond of calling Shep "my shepherd" or "hero".
  • Politically Incorrect Anti Hero: Like Shep and Zeus in The Storm, she shows some disdain towards yappers at first. But unlike Zeus, Blaze seems to interact normally with them eventually. She does, however, hold prejudice against the dogs for being pets while she was a ranch dog.
  • Put on a Bus: She doesn't reappear again in The Return, one of the dogs saying that she was most likely adopted by humans.
  • The Rival: She's this to Callie, believing that the latter is trying to control Shep and make herself the alpha instead of him.

    Introduced in The Return 


Pumpkin is a female Havanese and is a show dog.

  • Cool Old Lady: The epilogue hints that as an elder, she's gotten famous around the city for being one of the dogs of the drowned city.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe in Shep's point of view when she uses words like "snuggalicious".

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