Grigio: Frequent flyer and faithful friend to Global Aviation President, Flo Newton.

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”

Charles M. Schulz

Snoopy, beagle, faithful friend to Charlie Brown, heroic World War 1 Flying Ace, and star of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips, was a silent character for the first two years of his existence. However, on May 27, 1952, he verbalized his thoughts to readers for the first time in a thought balloon.

As readers got to know Snoopy, he became a more human-like dog much like the pets we know and love in real life. Snoopy words and thoughts have shared humorous insight to how a dog’s mind might work.

Snoopy: Beagle, faithful friend to Charlie Brown and World War 1 Flying Ace.

Linus: I’ll throw the ball, see? Then you go bounding after it and bring it back!

Snoopy: Maybe we should think about this a little more…

Linus: Okay, chase the ball, bring it back and I’ll give you a cookie.

Snoopy: (starts to chase, realizes something, and returns.) What kind of cookie?

Aviation enthusiasts also embrace Snoopy for his famous alter-ego as the World War I Flying Ace (first appearance, October 10, 1965).  Snoopy would don goggles, a flying helmet and a scarf and climb on top of his doghouse, which he claimed was a Sopwith Camel. Snoopy’s imagination often led to fist-shaking and cries of “Curse you, Red Baron!” while his “Sopwith Camel” doghouse plummeted to earth trailing smoke.

Congratulations Snoopy on celebrating 62 years of speaking up for and inspiring dogs and their humans around the world.


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