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Encyclopedia > Gaspode
Characters from
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Character details
Full name: Gaspode
Description: A small terrier-like mongrel
Associations: The Canting Crew
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Story appearances
First seen: Moving Pictures
Also in: Men At Arms,
Soul Music,
Feet of Clay,
Hogfather,
The Fifth Elephant,
The Truth
Other details
Notes: Able to think and talk

Gaspode is a small terrier-like dog featured in seven of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. He possesses human-level intelligence and the ability to speak, as well as an extensive collection of diseases (including 'Licky end' which is only found in pregnant sheep); he claims that the only reason the diseases haven't killed him is that they're too busy fighting amongst themselves to focus on him. However, since everyone knows that dogs can't speak, people tend to interpret his speech as their own personal thoughts, a tendency which Gaspode regularly uses to wrangle food from passers by. (In fact it has been mentioned in the books that a passerby kicked Gaspode into the gutter, and had gone no more than five steps before he thought "I'm a bastard, what am I"). The exceptions to this are Carrot Ironfoundersson, Angua, and the Canting Crew (who believe in much stranger things than talking dogs). Gaspode is frequently conflicted between his desire to be a Good Dog and his belief that he has to look out for himself, because no-one else will. Despite being given a home with happy children and suchlike, he ran away from this for the life he's always known. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Moving Pictures is the name of the tenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990. ... For the novel by Evelyn Waugh, see Sword of Honour. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Feet of Clay is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett which parodies detective novels. ... Hogfather is the 20th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section should include material from [[{{{1}}}]]. Mr. ... A Scottish Terrier and a West Highland White Terrier The terrier is a group of dog breeds initially bred for hunting and killing vermin. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of...  Carrot Ironfoundersson is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Delphine Angua von Überwald is a character from the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ... The canting crew is an informal name for a group of Ankh-Morpork beggars too disreputable even for the Beggars Guild. ...


As a newborn pup, Gaspode was thrown into the River Ankh in a brick-weighted sack. Since it was the Ankh, Gaspode was subsequently able to crawl ashore and find shelter in an alley, though not before forming a rather confused relationship with the brick.


Animals on the Discworld known to have human-level intelligence are Gaspode, The Librarian, camels, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and Quoth the raven. The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... The Librarian of Unseen University is one of the most popular characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels, to the extent where pin badges bearing the legend Librarians rule Ook are now available. ... For other uses, see Camel (disambiguation). ... one of his remaining lives for Dangerous Beans. Though Spider is defeated, there is still a problem remaining: the rat piper is due to arrive the next day. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ...


Gaspode originally gained his intelligence and ability to speak in Moving Pictures as the result of a "wild idea" which sought to (re)create a Discworld version of Hollywood. Descended from dogs that fled the destruction of the first appearance of this idea, Gaspode was "selected" to fill the movie role of the Wonder Dog. Unfortunately, he looks nothing like the common conception of what a Wonder Dog is, and so lost the position to Laddie (an obvious Lassie analogy), whereupon he became an agent for Laddie and the human actors Victor Tugelbend (renamed Victor Maraschino) and Theda "Ginger" Withel (renamed Delores de Syn). After the wild idea was contained/defeated, Gaspode lost the unwanted gifts that had been bestowed on him, and returned to being a homeless street dog. Moving Pictures is the name of the tenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990. ... ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In Men At Arms, we find that Gaspode has regained his intelligence and speech as a result of sleeping too close to the High Energy Magic laboratory in Unseen University and being exposed to magical seepage. In this and the rest of the books he appears in, Gaspode is portrayed as something like a Dickensian urchin, scrambling to survive the harsh life of the streets while maintaining a lovable (if filthy) nature. Gaspode becomes the "thinking brain" dog (like a "seeing eye" dog) for Foul Ole Ron, and eventually joins the Canting Crew, a group of variably insane homeless people who have, as aforementioned, no difficulty in believing in talking dogs. For the novel by Evelyn Waugh, see Sword of Honour. ... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ... The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... Charles Dickens Charles John Huffam Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870), pen-name “Boz”, was an English novelist of the Victorian era. ... The canting crew is an informal name for a group of Ankh-Morpork beggars too disreputable even for the Beggars Guild. ...


Gaspode is named after "the famous Gaspode", a dog who, upon his master's death, stayed at the graveside howling until he died (possibly because the gravestone was on his tail). This is a reference to Greyfriars Bobby. The Statue of Greyfriars Bobby, in Edinburgh, is designated as a Category A listed building by Historic Scotland. ...


Other types of Gaspode's

Gaspode is also the nickname of ZAnet IRC network operator who was quite the pheered one back in the 1999's who would kline you're poor dial-up IP and lock your nick :( - He was such a meanie back then. Time moved on, BabyServ was introduced after ChanServ was pretty much expiring, and since then Gaspode lost his interest in disconnecting your poor connection. http://www.zanet.org.za for more info :)


  Results from FactBites:
 
Gaspode - definition of Gaspode in Encyclopedia (493 words)
Gaspode originally gained his intelligence and ability to speak in Moving Pictures as the result of a wild idea which sought to (re)create a Discworld version of Hollywood.
In this and the rest of the books he appears in, Gaspode is portrayed as something like a Dickensian urchin, scrambling to survive the harsh life of the streets while maintaining a lovable (if filthy) nature.
Gaspode becomes the "thinking brain" dog (like a "seeing eye" dog) for Foul Ole Ron, and eventually joins the Canting Crew, a group of variably insane homeless people who have no difficulty in believing in talking dogs.
Encyclopedia: Gaspode (1931 words)
Animals on the Discworld known to have human-level intelligence are Gaspode, The Librarian, camels, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents and Quoth the raven.
In Men At Arms, we find that Gaspode has regained his intelligence and speech as a result of sleeping too close to the High Energy Magic laboratory in Unseen University and being exposed to magical seepage.
Gaspode becomes the "thinking brain" dog (like a "seeing eye" dog) for Foul Ole Ron, and eventually joins the Canting Crew, a group of variably insane homeless people who have, as aforementioned, no difficulty in believing in talking dogs.
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