This month’s blog post is about Timmy, who is quite possibly Blyton’s most famous animal character. I found writing about Timmy harder than any of the other animals I’ve blogged about, so please excuse the length of this post.
Timmy is a very lovable and loved character, no doubt, he’s a very intelligent dog – man’s (or woman’s rather) real companion.
But, to me, Timmy seems artificial somehow. I know a lot of detective dogs etc are really intelligent, but somehow Timmy just seems to be obviously made-up. Other dogs in Enid’s books are very realistic and not at all fake. That isn’t the case with Timmy, making him one of my least-favourite dogs in Blyton’s books.
In Five Fall Into Adventure, where they first meet Jo the gypsy girl, Timmy gets drugged by her. He sleeps heavily through the night and is unable to prevent a burglary at Kirrin Cottage. The next morning he is said to look very sheepish – a look he has when he knows he’s done something he shouldn’t and is feeling ashamed. We get a similar look at his feelings when he has been hit on the head in Five Go to Mystery Moor, when he just wants to lie down and rest his aching head but he soldiers on knowing that his beloved George is in need of rescuing.
Timmy can be fierce at times, and bite all right, but I think only nips are mentioned, as George usually tells him not to hurt the enemy too badly unless they try to escape. Facing the terror that is Timmy, of course they give up! Such a ferocious dog would have come in handy, I’m sure, and the Five’s troubles would have lessened with a single bite.
Well, to me, Timmy is a lovable dog, if not so real. He’s ideal in adventures, though a bit more biting would’ve worked. And though he is so exceptionally intelligent, doesn’t he have the sense NOT to squash his mistress into a pancake at night!! He seems quite dumb to me in some aspects like these.
So that’s about all I can say on Timmy, but let me tell you, I have a feeling that he totally loves his life with George, his mistress!!
All images from the Cave of Books.