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Just one of the scenes from PRINCELESS that makes it a must read. Funny, well-written and realized, with an important (essential) message. If this comic was put in the hands of… well, everyone (young and old ), it would have more impact than any number of angry internet debates.

By Jeremy Whitely (@jrome58), published by Action Lab (@ActionLab)

Frank’s client list study

Going along the same lines as the name analysis, I’m going to analyse the typical dog traits and what they say about the characters in the client list that Frank has. I have highlighted particularly relevant aspects.

I think that these are important because Max highlights this to the player herself when she says “I wonder what dog Frank would have given me?” which is her clearly asking what Frank thinks about her as a person. Therefore we can take these descriptions as how Frank feels towards these characters.

Nathan is a Rottweiler. Rottweilers are described as:

“Rottweilers are very loving, affectionate dogs. They prefer to be ‘where the action is’ and are only really happy when they’re a part of the family.

Your pup/dog will probably want to stay close to you whenever possible, and will bond closely with 'his/her’ humans.

No matter how big your 'baby’ gets, climbing into your lap for a cuddle will always seem perfectly reasonable to her!

One aspect of Rottweiler behavior that’s often misinterpreted as 'growling’, is their habit of 'rumbling’ down deep in their throat. Although rumbling is the best way I know to describe the sound, it’s definitely not an expression of discontent - quite the opposite!

Rotties make this noise sort of the way cats purr. They most often do it when they’re being petted, or they’re happy, or just as a way of communicating with their people. I love the sound, and it’s a rumbling, grunting sort of noise that is so endearing.

BUT people unfamiliar with the breed, and who may be nervous around them due to their 'reputation’, often think the dog is growling at them or threatening them. If your new puppy makes this sort of noise don’t worry about it, it just means that he’s happy.

Growling is quite different, and is usually accompanied by body language that shows fear or aggression such as lip curling, snarling, ears back, hackles raised and so on. You will probably recognize this quite easily!

Of course, being natural guardians, Rottweilers are a protective and territorial breed. No matter how calm and gentle your dog is with the people she knows and trusts, she will undoubtedly use her considerable strength and abilities to protect 'her’ people if she feels that they are in danger or being threatened.

This is normal Rottie behavior, but it can translate into a dog who refuses to let anyone they don’t know set foot in 'their’ yard or home, or who tries to protect family members from threats that aren’t really there.

For example, if your child is screaming and laughing because daddy is tickling her, your Rottie may think that she’s being hurt… and take measures to protect her. You can see how this could end, and it clearly demonstrates why proper socialization, training and 'ground rules’ are so important when raising a Rottweiler puppy.

Socialization and interaction with a wide variety of people, places and situations helps a Rottweiler to learn to distinguish between 'normal non-threatening’ people and behavior, and the kind that spell danger.

They’re a surprisingly sensitive breed, and although they can be inclined to be dominant, Rotties readily recognize and respect authority when it is presented in a confident, fair and calm way.


Chloe (Bulldog). Bulldogs are described as:

Nothing much bothers the typical English bulldog. He’s as laid-back as a canine comes. A good-natured dog who adores his people, he’s content to hang out, to live and let live. That includes strangers – don’t depend on him as a guardian or watchdog. Although his centuries-ago ancestors were bred for bull-baiting, fanciers since the mid-19th century have deliberately bred aggression out of the English bulldog. If you’re looking for a calm, affectionate house dog, the bulldog can fill the bill. However, this dog needs much care and thrives on attention. He’s not a good choice if you will leave him alone a lot. Lonely bulldogs can become destructive.

A bit on the stubborn side, your bulldog isn’t the easiest dog to train. A bulldog is like Peter Pan – he won’t grow up. He’s also possessive – you are his person, not the other way around. While anything’s possible, English bulldogs generally do not shine in obedience class. Basic obedience training nonetheless is a good idea. It may take a little longer for training to sink in with a bulldog than with other breeds, but he eventually will catch on. Just be patient, and give him the attention and affection he craves when he does the right thing – right after the delicious food treat, of course.


Justin (Beagle). The Beagle is described as:

This breed is gentle, sweet, outgoing and curious. The Beagle usually gets along very well with everyone and are wonderful canine family members.  The Beagle has adapted very well on his journey from scent hound to the amazing family dog that he is today.

Stella (Daschund). Daschunds are described as:

Curious, lively, charming, and brave, the Dachshund is similar to a terrier in his demands to be in on everything.

This comical clown loves to play games and has a great sense of humor. He is a loyal little dog, very attached to his family, and he firmly believes that sleeping under the bedcovers is in the Dachshund Bill of Rights.

Dachshunds attract devoted followers who would never consider having any other breed. Indeed, Dachshunds are often kept in pairs, which is A-OK with them, since they seem to recognize and prefer being with other “wiener dogs”.

They’re usually good with other family pets, too, though they can be jealous when they want attention and they can be possessive of their toys. You need to put a firm stop to the first signs of jealousy or possessiveness so that these don’t become bad habits.

Though the Dachshund makes a great house dog, he does need his daily walks (on-leash! Dachshunds are chasers who will take off! – and plenty of companionship. Loneliness will lead to excessive barking.

You’ll also hear his sharp, persistent bark when people approach, for most Dachshunds are alert watchdogs who do not take kindly to strangers intruding on their domain. Again, you need to put a stop to overt signs of suspiciousness, lest this progress to nastiness.

Though bright and clever, Dachshunds like to do things their own way. In other words, they’re stubborn. Cheerful praise and treats should be offered freely, as Dachsies are proud little dogs who resist force. They become irritable when pushed too far, and they may respond defensively (growling or snapping) if jerked around, handled harshly, or teased.

Logan (Labrador) Labradors are described as:

Loyal, loveable, happy and friendly to all he meets, the Labrador Retriever is the number one registered dog in the AKC. Labs are full of energy and will run to the door to greet you (or anyone, for that matter) as if you’d just returned from a year-long trip. They are truly “man’s best friend,” and are at their happiest when engaged in family activities. They love running, hiking, swimming and playing fetch for hours on end and are extremely patient with children of all ages. Labs are a breeze to train, and as long as you are prepared to live with puppy-like behavior well into adulthood, they make an excellent choice for first time dog owners.


Conclusion

Chloe often displays Bulldog traits through her sometimes stubborn behaviour. Also, the possessiveness of the breed. Rachel is ‘hers’ and she doesn’t like Frank having her. Similarly, Max is hers and she doesn’t want her to answer Kate’s call or for Warren to help them. However, she is laidback and loyal to Max, who shes considers ‘hers’. Chloe is constantly craving affection, often feeling lonely and abandoned by those around her. (Rachel, Max, William) yet she is loving and caring. 


Nathan, like the Rottweiler, has a terrible reputation. His breed can flip either way depending on how they are handled. This would fit with Nathan having a completely different personality in an alternate timeline and the idea that his behaviour has been affected by his ‘role models’. The rage and lashing out also only occurs when he is covering something. “Leave my family out of this bitch” springs to mind as a time where he may be protecting his family. Also, this notion that rottweilers growl even when they are being friendly, suggesting they are a very misunderstood breed for those who do not know them well enough. 


As for Stella, Justin and Logan, all this really seems to tell me is that none of them are really linked to the plot that much. Stella’s dog choice is interesting, and its possible that her possessive nature may be linked to the plot loosely, but I’m not convinced she will be a major player in episode 5 (Famous last words!)

Any thoughts of your own, please let me know.