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"They don't have to grow up that way. No dog is born vicious. Just like I wasn't born streetwise. The Fierce Dogs are taught to be aggressive... their lives make them what they are."

The main character of the original series. A male Sheltie/retriever with gold-and-white fur.

  • The Aloner: Lucky was originally proud to be on his own. This eventually changes as he grows to love being a part of the pack.
  • Abusive Parents: Lucky's previous alcoholic longpaw had been abusive towards him.
  • Becoming the Mask: He's sent to spy and betray the Wild Pack by Bella, but he finds himself growing close to the pack. This ends up resolved when the two packs become one.
  • Cats Are Mean: He's a firm believer in this, so it surprises (and slightly amuses) him when a cat thanks him for rescuing it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He had an abusive owner as a puppy.
  • Demoted to Extra: Lucky doesn't get as much screen-time in the second arc as he did in the original arc.
  • Dog Stereotype: He's a golden, floppy-eared Retriever mix, which gives him enough traits to fit the "heroic dog protagonist" archetype. He's also a streetwise mixed-breed.
  • The Exile: Lucky gets kicked out of the pack in "Darkness Falls", for supposedly bringing misfortune on the pack. Lucky eventually makes it back to the pack and works his hardest to be a pack dog.
  • First-Name Basis: Even when Sweet is his beta, she doesn't mind Lucky using her real name in private.
  • Friendless Background: Prior to meeting Sweet, Lucky has had few allies and even fewer friends.
  • I Work Alone: He resists early attempts to join a pack because he's been alone his entire life.
  • Meaningful Name: It's mentioned several times that he has a lot of luck. He ends up in trouble a lot, which leads Alpba to call his name a joke, but Lucky always ends up fine in the end.
  • Meaningful Rename: He was named "Yap" as a pup.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Because dogs are a very social species, Lucky is seen as weird for preferring to be alone. However, Lucky is lying to himself because he does secretly prefer being around others. He's afraid of trusting others and being relyed on.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's a Shetland/retriever cross.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He becomes this in A Hidden Enemy. Lucky has always been a Lone Dog and doesn't know about pack life. So, when he's forced to act as a spy for a rival pack, Lucky doesn't even know what a "beta" (second-in-command to the alpha) is.
  • Number Two: Becomes the beta to Sweet's alpha during "The Endless Lake".
  • Official Couple: With Sweet as of the second series.
  • Papa Wolf: He's the closest thing the Fierce Dog pups have to a sire-dog and he's very protective of them.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both his parents died prior to the series.
  • A Pet into the Wild: He had an abusive owner as a puppy. When the door was left ajar, he escaped and never came back.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He tries to ease the tensions between the Wild Pack and Arrow, and he agrees with Bella that Arrow isn't a bad dog.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Alpha in The Endless Lake for betraying the Wild Pack.
  • Repressed Memories: Maybe he was too young, maybe he repressed the memories, but Lucky has forgotten most of his time as "Yap" and his time as a Leashed Dog. Meeting Bella again helps jog his memory.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's much more laidback and gentle than his highstrung and assertive sister Bella.
  • Street Smart: He's lived in the city since puphood and is a very street-savvy.


"I'll be okay. I won't fight- with the Wind-Dogs at my back, I can outrun any dog!"

A small "swift dog" (Greyhound) female with gray fur.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Has a novella called "Sweet's Journey" which tells us how she became beta of her pack.
  • Dog Stereotype: Subverted. Despite being a former racing Greyhound, she doesn't display any common stereotypes attributed to the breed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the first book, Sweet is a gentle dog but this changes come the sequel. Lucky sees a different side of Sweet when she's beta under Alpha. Sweet can be as sweet as her name implies but she can be very harsh and ruthless when need be, to the point where her name becomes an Ironic Name.
  • Claustrophobia: Sweet wasn't raised as a pet so she's not used to buildings. Being a swift dog also means she can't run around corners well. This leaves Sweet uncomfortable with longpaw settlements.
  • Ironic Name: Sweet is not a gentle dog. She's not cruel, but she's stern and serious.
  • The Leader: She becomes the new leader of the pack after Alpha 'dies'.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Lucky grows jealous of her bond with Alpha in the second book, but their relationship is strictly professional. Sweet does admit she could become Alpha's mate but that never occurs.
  • Number Two: To Alpha. She becomes the alpha dog after he joins the Fierce Dogs.
  • Official Couple: With Lucky as of the second series.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Sweet becomes this after the former alpha "dies". Lucky is relieved that she's a much better leader than the former alpha.
  • Screaming Birth: She yowls a lot while giving birth to her pups in Dead of Night.
  • Sole Survivor: Her original pack was a group of Greyhounds released into the wild after becoming unsuitable for racing. She was the only one who survived the Growl thanks to being put in the Trap House.
  • Super Speed: Being a Greyhound, Sweet is very speedy. Unfortunately, she can only run in short bursts and only in a straight line. She also has mediocre endurance.


An energetic Westie/Jack Russel Terrier mix.
  • Dog Stereotype: She's as energetic and jumpy as expected from a terrier.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She's half West Highland White Terruer and half Jack Russel Terrier.
  • Mister Muffykins: She's small, energetic, and very yappy. It comes with being a terrier.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She keeps a leather purse that belonged to her owners until late in the first book,


"If a Leashed Dog like me can adapt, then pups certainly can. Dogs aren't born bad."

A black-and-white male "Farm-Work Dog" (Border Collie).

  • Dog Stereotype: He's a loyal Border Collie.
  • Iconic Item: He has his owner's baseball glove for the first half of the first arc. During "Darkness Falls", he finally leaves it behind.
  • Official Couple: With Snap as of "Storm of Dogs".
  • A Pet into the Wild: His owners exacuated because of the earthquake.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Tragic Keepsake: "His boy's" baseball glove. When the others bury their keepsakes, Mickey keeps his in hope that he'll be reunited with his longpaws soon.


"The truth is that my fears got the better of me. I never used to be scared of anything. I was the toughest dog on the street! Now I can't sleep at night for fear that a fight will break out in the Pack. Even the light of the Sun-Dog doesn't make me feel safe. You never know what's out there, what's watching from behind the branches. Now I'm scared of everything."

A large male "Fight Dog" (German Shepherd/Chow Chow) with brown fur.


"Don't look at me like that, Lucky! I don't need your pity. I actually liked being Omega. Bella, Martha, and Daisy were still nice to me, and so was Snap. Anyway, I'm good at all those jobs—you know, the ones most dogs feel they're too noble for."

A Maltese female.

  • Butt-Monkey: Being one of the smallest dogs, she is stuck as Omega for much of the series. This involved her being treated like dirt by much of the pack and having to eat last, which also caused her to become skinny.
  • Dog Stereotype: She fits the "jumpy small dog" stereotype. She's also a bit of a spoiled lap-dog who was greatly attached to her longpaws. It's mentioned that Sunshine will likely never completely get over them.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She gets mad at Lucky for pitying her as the Omega. Sunshine likes being Omega. She doesn't mind doing "dirty" jobs like changing bedding and the other dogs don't treat her that bad. As a Leashed Dog, Sunshine used to do things for her longpaws all the time. She likes taking care of others and sees being an Omega as her contribution to the pack.
  • Formerly Fat: Most of the Leashed Dogs were well-fed but Sunshine has the most striking change. She starts out as a plump pet but being forced to eat little more than scraps leads her to become thin in no time.
  • Meaningful Name: She's very chipper and takes things in stride despite losing her longpaws and being an Omega.
  • Messy Hair: Being a long-furred breed without humans to maintain her fur is unfortunate. Her fur often ends up knotted and messy as a result, especially due to her Omega status.
  • Mister Muffykins: A benevolent example. As Maltese are prone to be, she yaps a lot. She's also prone to complaining and she scares easily.
  • The Pollyanna: Not much gets Sunshine down.
  • A Pet into the Wild: Her owners evacuated during the earthquake. Sunshine is one of the most unfortunate examples because she's not fit for life in the wild.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She keeps hold of her yellow studded leash until the end of the first book.


"I won't allow it! I'll leave with them. You won't have to worry about the pups after that! But if you try to hurt them you will have to go through me!"

A black female Newfoundland with large webbed paws.

  • Almost Dead Guy: She talks to Storm a little bit before she dies.
  • The Big Guy
  • Gentle Giant: She's the largest of the Leashed Dogs and the friendliest.
  • Making a Splash: She has a strong connection with the River Dog.
  • Mama Bear: Sweet Gentle Giant Martha acts aggressive towards Alpha for acting hostile towards the Fierce Dog pups.
  • A Pet into the Wild:'She was left alone after her owners left because of the earthquake.
  • So Proud of You: Tells Storm that she, and everyone else, are proud of her during the battle in "Storm of Dogs".
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her owner's red scarf. Martha's the first to agree on burying their keepsakes.


"I'm not making excuses! I made a perfectly sensible decision, and you went against it. If you had been killed inside that longpaw house, it would have been your own fault."

A gold-and-white furred female Sheltie/retriever mix. She's Lucky's sister.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: She's snappy and switches moods often, though at least one of the writers doesn't think it's to the point of Bipolar Disorder.
  • Disney Villain Death: Inverted in The Final Battle, courtesy of Breeze shoving her off a building.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Lucky had been betrayed by Bella, who's his sister, because she used to spy on Alpha's pack, without telling him exactly what she was planning, and did not speak up for him when he was banished from the pack. When he comes back, he ignores her trying to talk to him before finally forgiving her... but he never forgets what she did.
  • Leader Wannabe: Bella tries to assert herself as the alpha dog throughout the first book of the first series. In the fifth book, she challenges Sweet for position to be the alpha dog of the pack.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Lucky hadn't seen his litter-sister Bella since they were known as "Yap" and "Squeak". Their other two siblings whereabouts are unknown.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • She's referred to as a beautiful-looking dog.
    • When she was younger, she was a whiny, bossy pup fitting of the name "Squeak".
  • Meaningful Rename: She was named "Squeak" as a pup.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She's a Shetland/Retriever cross.
  • Mood-Swinger: She has mood swings from time to time and is very temperamental.
  • Official Couple: She's mates with Arrow, one of the Fierce Dogs which is something of a controversy to her pack due to their past with Fierce Dogs.
  • A Pet into the Wild: Her owners exacuated for the earthquake, leaving their dog on her own.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Both her parents died prior to the series.
    • She saw her longpaws evacuate before the earthquake and thinks they abandoned her. She's mostly come to terms with the abandonment by the time she meets Lucky, but she still has difficulty giving up on her previous family.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Lucky is laidback and prefers being on his own while Bella has always been high-strung and bossy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She decides to leave the wild pack to be with Arrow after everyone treats him horribly.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Even before he recognizes Bella, Lucky feels that looking at her is like looking in a mirror.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A teddy bear. She gives it up late into the first book.


"I walked a long way. All on my own. I like to be alone sometimes. I investigated this little valley, there—and those hills. I even went beyond them!"

A gray-and-white Bulldog male.

  • Bully Bulldog: Subverted. He's initially described as aloof but Alfie is a friendly and energetic dog.
  • Dog Stereotype: Zigzagged. He's nice like modern Bulldogs stereotypes, but he's far more energetic than most fictional Bulldogs.
  • Killed Off for Real: Alpha kills him in "A Hidden Enemy".
  • Kill the Cutie: The well-liked and fun Alfie is the first major character to die in the series, setting the tone for the rest of the book and showing how dangerous the wild really is.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He's often rushing head-on into potentially dangerous situations. His impulsive nature gets him killed when he decides to snap at Alpha.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He gets killed in the first few pages of the second book in order to emphasise what a threat Alpha is.
  • Spirit Advisor: He becomes this in Storm Of Dogs, giving Lucky a prophecy that can change the pack's fate.
  • Teens Are Short: He's smaller than a normal Bulldog and is described as young, so presumably he's an adolescent.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps a ball until late into the first book.
  • Vague Age: He's barely older than a puppy. Whether he's the equivalent of a teenager or a young adult is difficult to tell.


"Growing up is so complicated for pups, even ones of the same litter. It's all about learning to cooperate like real Pack dogs."

A tan "hunt dog" (spaniel/Beagle mix) female with black patches. She's Twitch's sister.

  • Mixed Ancestry: Spring is a Spaniel/Beagle mix.
  • Never Found the Body: She ends up drowning in The Endless Lake, but her body's been swept away by the current, thus the dogs can't give her a burial.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her litter-brother Twitch.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Spring agrees with Alpha on killing the Fierce Dog pups in fear that they'll come back for revenge.


"It's about survival. I will do whatever it takes to stay alive. If more dogs thought like me, we'd all be better off."

A large, gray-and-white furred male wolf-dog (half German Shepherd).

  • A Day in the Limelight: Stars in the novella "Alpha's Tale", which details his past.
  • Agony of the Feet: He has a large scar on one paw from having it nearly bitten off as a pup.
  • All There in the Manual: His father is revealed to be a German Shepherd mix.
  • The Bully: He can be very cruel and dominant.
  • Cain and Abel: His half-siblings from Graceful's previous litter hated him and didn't forgive their mother for becoming mates with a dog.
  • Dog Stereotype: He fits the negative stereotypes of both his German Shepherd and his wolf sides.
  • Disney Death: He appears to drown in the sea at one point but ends up surviving. He later dies by breaking his neck during a fight with Lucky.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Alpha was born "Pup". His adult name, Dog, was given by his half-brother, Quick. He hated it due to disliking the dog part of his heritage.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He abandons the Wild Pack to join the Fierce Dogs because he deems them stronger than his old pack.
  • Fantastic Racism: He looks down upon Leashed Dogs and refuses to eat longpaw food due to deeming it unsuitable.
  • Freudian Excuse: Alpha's need to always be in control stems from growing up as a half-dog in a wolf pack, and vowing to never be a victim again.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: He is a half-German Shepherd, half-wolf mix. As a result he has never quite fit in with either dogs or wolves.
  • Hypocrite: Alpha hates Fierce Dogs for what they did to him as a pup, yet he later betrays his own pack to be the Fierce Dogs' Omega.
  • It's All About Me: In the blurb for "The Endless Lake", Alpha declares that his own safety comes before the Pack.
  • Kick the Dog: Alpha declares that Storm's Naming Ceremony was false since it was done without his permission and tells the others to keep calling her Lick instead of Storm. Then he does a Naming Ceremony for real and calls her Savage.
  • Killed Off for Real: After his Disney Death in "The Endless Lake", he dies for real in "Storm of Dogs".
  • The Leader: Was the alpha of Wild Pack. Later he becomes the Fierce Dogs omega.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • He's the alpha dog of the Wild Pack.
    • Before he was known as Alpha he was called "Dog", given to him by his brother to mock his dog parentage.
  • Meaningful Rename: "Pup" -> Dog -> Alpha -> Omega.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He is a wolf-dog; specifically his mother was a wolf and his father a German Shepherd mix.
  • Neck Snap: Lucky delivers one to him, killing off the former alpha.
  • Noble Wolf-dog/The Big Bad Wolf-dog: Alpha often zigzags between these two until landing in the latter in The Endless Lake.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother was killed by a dog and his father died sometime during his puphood.
  • Parting Words Regret: In Alpha's Tale, he gets into an argument with his mother for mating with a dog and insults her and his late father. That's the last thing he tells her before she's killed off, and he feels very ashamed for not making it up with her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Lucky in Darkness Falls for agreeing to take in Fierce Dog pups and questions his loyalty.. which becomes ironic and hypocritical when he joins the Fierce Dogs two books later.
  • Sole Survivor: Out of his litter.
  • Trauma Button: He has a scar on his paw from almost having it torn off by a Fierce Dog as a pup. When he sees adult Fierce Dogs for the first time since puphood, he freezes.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: He gets his yellow eyes from his mother. It shows that he's part-wolf and also that he's not the most trustworthy dog.


"I knew that for such a big dog, I was fast. I knew it from when I first learned to run I could run almost as fast as Lightning, or so I thought when I was young and arrogant. I watched Lightning in the sky, and thought about how he looked like a streak of flame—and I just knew. I knew instantly that Fiery was my true name."

A huge brown mastiff male.

  • The Big Guy: Being a mastiff, he is very large; the largest dog in Alpha's pack in fact. As a result, he's one of the most difficult dogs to fight.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was the only survivor of a sickness that wiped out his pack.
  • Happily Married: With Moon.
  • Killed Off for Real: He became poisoned by radiation at one point and it weakened him to the point that he could no longer fight effectively; thus, when he and his rescuers are intercepted by Terror's pack and a fight breaks out, Terror is able to kill Fiery quite easily.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His mother named him "Snail" because he was obsessed with snails as a pup.
    • Fiery's name comes from his speed. He's unusually fleet-footed for his size and so he named himself after seeing a lightning bolt in the sky, which he thought resembled fire.
  • Meaningful Rename: As a pup he was named "Snail".
  • Official Couple: With Moon.
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of his pups.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of his parents died from sickness when he was still a pup.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although Fiery respects Alpha, he's a lot calmer and more friendly than he. When he challenges Alpha for the position of leadership, Lucky even lampshades how different the pack would be under Fiery's rule.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Alpha while challenging him for leadership, calling him out on making bad decisions for the pack and treating the pets like crap while not recognizing their potential.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: When he was a pup he loved to eat snails, claiming them to be tasty. He's still fond of them.


"They should have stayed at home doing tricks for their longpaws. You may be a City Dog, Lucky, but at least you know about true dog-life, life in the wild, living by your wits and surviving. Those dogs do not deserve to survive."

A tan "hunt dog" (spaniel/Beagle mix) male with black patches and a disabled foot. He is Spring's brother.

  • Agony of the Feet: Twitch was born with a lame left paw, which he complains about. "The Broken Path" reveals that he's chewed it off, helping him get around better even if he's three-legged now.
  • The Exile: Twitch gets kicked out of the wild pack in "Darkness Falls" for having an injured foot. He joins another pack ruled by a mad dog who believes in the Fear Dog named Terror. After Terror is killed, Twitch becomes the new leader of this pack.
  • Fantastic Racism: He has a pretty heavy anti-Leashed Dogs bias.
  • The Leader: Becomes the new alpha of Terror's pack after Terror is killed by Storm.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's a spaniel mix.
  • Number Three: He becomes something like this in "The Gathering Darkness" arc, where he's named a Third Dog, who is an alpha but acts more like a beta.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Lucky knew he was Spring's litter-sibling before it was mentioned. The only physical difference between the two is Spring's leg.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts out near the bottom of pack society because of his lame paw, but he's soon gotten rid of the lame leg and becomes the new alpha of his own pack.


"I can smell the stink of the city on you. What is it you hunt? Food wrappers?"

A brown-and-white "chase-dog" (whippet mix) female.

  • Mixed Ancestry: She's been described as whippet-like. According to Gillian, she might have coonhound in her.


"We have rules here. We're not greedy scavengers."

A male black spaniel mix.

  • Butt-Monkey: He's often talked down to or bitten by older dogs.
  • Ear Ache: He has long ears. When given a beatdown by Alpha and Sweet when Lucky and Whine frame him as a food stealer, his ears are the target of much biting.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He dies trying to save Moon and Fiery's pups from foxes in A Hidden Enemy.
  • Grudging "Thank You": Even after he had not been kind to Lucky, Mulch is surprised that Lucky saved some food for him. He's able to thank him, though a little moodily.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's part spaniel.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Moon's Choice, Mulch had been a competent dog and loyally sticks up for Moon. Come A Hidden Enemy, and he's been reduced to sulking and taking it out on Lucky.


"I too value loyalty in a leader. And if my Alpha is true to me, I will give that loyalty back till the day I go to the Earth-Dog."

A small Beagle/terrier female mix with tan-and-white fur.

  • Ear Ache: Lucky wins a fight against her in A Hidden Enemy by biting her ear.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She is a wire-haired Beagle/Terrier mix.
  • Official Couple: With Mickey as of "Storm of Dogs".
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Snap is half-Beagle and half-terrier. She's much smaller than Lucky yet gives him a run for his money due to her speed.


"Don't plan out your life too carefully, Storm. You never know what might come along to change your path."

A black-and-white female Border Collie.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Has a novella called "Moon's Choice".
  • Arranged Marriage: Her parents had chosen a dog named Hunter to be Moon's mate. But after Moon's pack caught a sickness that started killing them one by one Hunter decided to leave, only to come back after the sickness had gone. Needless to say, Moon chased Hunter away because he wasn't the kind of dog they needed and she chose Fiery to be her mate since he had helped save her and her remaining pack members.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Moon was once a part of a pack where her father was Alpha and her mother was Beta. But one day the pack caught a sickness that started killing them one by one. If it hadn't been for Fiery, every single member would have died.
  • Happily Married: Moon was very happy with Fiery and even stated that she would never get a new mate.
  • Mama Bear: Losing one of her pups to foxes in "A Hidden Enemy" makes her fight even harder.
  • Official Couple: With Fiery.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Moon was always the more responsible one, while her sister Star always liked to play. Moon even stated that Star was happy to be a free spirit.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Moon fears and dislikes the Fierce Dog pups, but she'd rather abandon them on their own than outright kill them.


"How could I trust Hunter? I couldn't trust you ever again. You'd abandon me in the flash of a rabbit tail. I'm staying with Moon."

A black male Pug.

  • Butt-Monkey: As Omega, Twitch is often treated as if he isn't a dog and is just kept around to do things others won't. This works to his advantage as other dogs don't pay much attention to him, giving him the ability to sneak around without issue,
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing/Evil Genius: He may look meek and useless, but he arranges for an innocent yet whiny dog named Mulch to be framed for eating before the pack so that he could move up a rank.
  • Blackmail: He blackmails Lucky into moving him up a rank in exchange for not ratting him out. He still tells the pack anyway.
  • Dirty Coward: He's not the most courageous dog, which gets noted by others.
  • Dog Stereotype: Completely inverted. He's the opposite of the friendly, lovable image associated with Pugs.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He has this reaction when Lucky tries to spare him extra meat during mealtime.
  • The Exile: He willingly leaves the Wild Pack for the Fierce Dogs, but after the final battle, even the remaining Fierce Dogs want nothing to do with him. Even the sweet and chipper Sunshine gets the honor of chasing Whine away from the Wild Pack forever.
  • Gonk: Pugs look grotesque to dogs. He's routinely referred to as "ugly".
  • Leader Wannabe: Though he's not trying to be the leader; he just doesn't want to be the Omega anymore.
  • The Load: He's not seen as particularly good at anything. He can't hunt, he's bad at guarding the territory, and he's a bad patroller. This is why he was stuck as an Omega for so long.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He tricks Lucky into helping him get out of the Omega position by blaming another dog named Mulch for a crime he didn't commit.
  • The Oathbreaker: He promises not to rat out Lucky as a spy for the Leashed Dogs if he helps him get out of being Omega. But once he does, he ends up telling Alpha that Lucky is a spy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After his failed proposition to give up Storm to the Fierce Dogs, he leaves, sneering that he's been the only smart dog to leave.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Whine doesn't have an issue with killing the Fierce Dog pups.


"I will be Beetle. Fast, and hard to see! But my hide is tough and strong!"

A male black-and-white Border Collie/mastiff mix. The son of Fiery and Moon, litter-brother to Thorn and Fuzz.


"I've thought about this for a long time. I will be Thorn. Sharp and deadly."

A black female Border Collie/mastiff mix. Daughter of Fiery and Moon, litter-sister to Beetle and Fuzz.


A black-and-white male Border Collie/mastiff mix. Son of Fiery and Moon, litter-brother to Beetle and Thorn.


"You're my Pack. You've always been my Pack. I am not one of them. I am no Fierce Dog. This is the only place for me, and I'll do whatever it takes to fit in."

A black-and-tan "Fierce Dog" (Doberman Pinscher) originally with the Fierce Dogs. She's the main character of the second series.

  • Action Girl: She's a really strong fighter.
  • All There in the Manual: She was rescued by Lucky and Mickey at 8-10 weeks old.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Whisper is grateful to Storm for saving him and his pack from Terror, but he ends up being too attached to her. Irritated, she snaps at him to go away and leave her alone. When Whisper ends up killed near the end of A Pack Divided, she tells herself regretfully that she got her wish, all right.
  • Creepy Child: Even as a puppy she had an abnormal interest in fighting. Still, she's the Token Heroic Orc out of the Dobermans.
  • Ear Ache: She gets one of her ears torn by another Fierce Dog.
  • The Exile: She leaves the Wild Pack at the end of Red Moon Rising, fearing that she had gotten one of Lucky and Sweet's pups hurt.
  • Happily Adopted: She was quite happy with Martha and always saw her as a kind of mother figure.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even if she's the aversion of the Doberman stereotype (being a good dog), she's still hotheaded at times, especially around Alpha.
  • Meaningful Rename: She was originally known as "Lick" before receiving her adult name.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: She was born a Fierce Dog, and clearly still has their instincts, evidenced by her ripping off Terror's jaw and later killing him, but is fighting to become a Wild Dog.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother was killed by injuries inflicted by Blade.
  • Thicker Than Water: She refuses to kill her brother Fang, even in the middle of a Rage Breaking Point test.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: She gets tired of Whisper hero-worshipping her and bluntly (though understandably) tells him to leave her alone. But when he gets killed in A Pack Divided, she berates herself for what she told him.


"I thought you liked us. I thought you were our friend."

A black-and-tan "Fierce Dog" (Doberman Pinscher) male who is Storm's and Fang's litter-brother.


""I'm not scared of bullies! You never back down before the enemy!"

A black-and-tan male "Fierce Dog" (Doberman Pinscher) who is Storm and Wiggle's litter-brother.

  • All There in the Manual: He was rescued by Lucky and Mickey at 8-10 weeks old.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Even as a young pup, Fang knew he was destined to be strong. As a result he's always been very headstrong and reckless.
  • Bullying a Dragon: As a puppy he threatened a full-grown bear, even after it almost killed him, because he didn't believe in backing down from a fight.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Grunt gets into trouble when he hurts Nose during a play-fight. Moon and Fiery accuse Grunt of trying to attack their daughter, but Martha and Lucky insist it was an accident.
  • Ear Ache: His ears are crudely mutilated into points by the Fierce Dogs.
  • Enfante Terrible: Fang seems to relish in the stereotype of Dobermans attacking (and maybe even killing) other dogs.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side!: This is why he joins Blade's pack.
  • Meaningful Rename: From Grunt to Fang.
  • Mouthy Kid: As a pup, he's very mouth and self-confident.
  • Pride: His main faults are being cocky and prideful to a fault.


     Fierce Dogs 


"I have seen it—the end of this world. Just as when the Big Growl came and the lakes of blood poured from the Earth-Dog's wounds; I foresaw that too! Now she is in pain and furious. Only more blood will avenge her wounds!"

A black-and-brown female with a white fang-shaped mark below one of her ears.

  • Ax-Crazy: Blade believes that any dog born after the Big Growl is bound to bring danger, so she sets out to kill said dogs, even her own pup.
  • Distinguishing Mark: She has a fang-shaped patch of white fur on her neck.
  • Kick the Dog: Believing that Fang was one of the prophesied pups born after the Big Growl that would destroy them, Blade slaughters him in front of everyone.
  • Largeand In Charge: She is described as the biggest dog in her pack.
  • The Leader: She is the alpha of the pack.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her name is "Blade", after the weapon.
  • Offing the Offspring: She kills her own pup to try and prevent a second Big Growl.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Blade will do anything to prevent a second Big Growl, even killing puppies.


"Don't worry, Blade. We'll get the truth out of them. They'll be sorry they ever tried to steal from us."

A large black-and-tan male.


"We should kill them, Blade."

A black-and-tan male.


A black-and-tan female.


A black-and-tan male.


A black-and-tan female.


A black-and-tan male.


A large black-and-brown male.


A large black-and-tan female.


A large black-and-tan male.


A black-and-brown male.


A brown-and-tan female.


A black-and-tan male.


"Honestly, Bella, I'm not that bothered. Maybe I should worry more, but who cares about them? I don't care what they think or what they say. Not when I'm this happy."

A young black-and-tan male.

  • Good Parents: He's devastated when his and Bella's only daughter is stillborn, but he wishes her a hello/goodbye, telling her that he and Bella will love her for always.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He hates how the pack is run under Blade and willingly helps the Wild Pack in their final battle.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: While not as intimidating sounding as his packmates, Arrow is still named after a weapon.
  • Official Couple: With Bella, though her pack doesn't take to kindly to him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to leave the Wild Pack because of how everyone treats him all the time and the fact that some members even spy on him. Bella chooses to go with him.


A smaller black-and-brown male. Is the omega of the Fierce Dogs.

     Terror's Pack 


"I'll have whatever territory I choose. And I will mark it with the blood of any dog foolish enough to cross me and defy the Fear-Dog!"

He is a massive, yellow-eyed male pit bull/mastiff mix.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's literally a mad dog.
  • Bloody Horror: Storm rips off his lower jaw before killing him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Lucky sees Terror as this, having strange wide yellow eyes, sores all over his body, and having seizures that make him believe in the "Fear Dog".
  • Largeand In Charge: He's the largest dog in his pack, and one of the biggest dogs in the entire series.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Terror is a pit bull/mastiff mix.
  • Kick the Dog: He beats up his pack members for only the slightest of faults.


"Are you the Storm?"

A whippet/Blue Heeler mix male.

  • Hero-Worshipper: To him, Storm is a great hero who saved his pack from Terror. Whisper is always in awe of Storm and loves to be around her. But this does get on Storm's nerves, and Storm bluntly tells him to back off.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's killed at the end of "A Pack Divided". Storm spends the rest of the series trying to figure out who killed him.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He has whippet and Blue Heeler in him.


A small female collie/chocolate lab mix.

  • Ax-Crazy: Beneath her sweet, calm exterior, Breeze is almost as deranged as Terror.
  • Avenging the Villain: She's been the one murdering other dogs to get revenge for Storm killing Terror.
  • Big Bad: Of The Gathering Darkness arc.
  • The Chess Master: Breeze is a deviously cunning and skillfully manipulative strategist who is easily able to exploit a situation to her advantage and stay several steps ahead of others.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She's a mix of collie and Labrador retriever.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Literally. Breeze is probably the most cunning, deceitful and manipulative character in the whole franchise. She almost effortlessly plays other dogs, even her own pack, like pawns, sowing chaos and disorder among them without drawing suspicion to herself, and even after Storm realizes that she is the traitor, Breeze still manages to deceive and manipulate her at times.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Sort of. She's surprisingly strong for her small size.
  • Undying Loyalty: Out of all the dogs in Terror's pack, Breeze is the only one who is truly loyal to him. It is later revealed that she took his death murderously poorly.
  • Yandere: Implied. In the final book, Storm observes that Breeze genuinely "loved" Terror, and Breeze herself calls him, "my Terror", implying that she was in love with him, which would explain her viciously zealous loyalty to him.

     Spirit Dogs 








Lucky and Bella's Mother

"My dear pup, the world outside may feel large and dangerous. But whatever happens, the Spirit Dogs will be watching over you. When you call for them, they will come– they will protect you."

A retriever female.

Old Hunter

"Times change, Lucky."

An old, stocky dog who taught Lucky all he knows to be a Lone Dog.


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