Xochtl is a yappy Chihuahua-mix who is cared for by an extended Echo Park family of friends and neighbors. One of those caretakers, a woman named Mary, sent in a few lines about Xochtl to the creators of the “Marmaduke“comic strip, which on Sundays devotes a single frame to stories submitted by readers. Much to Mary’s surprise, her submission appeared in the nationally syndicated strip one Sunday late last year as Marmaduke’s “Dog Gone Funny” feature. Last week, she received a signed black-and-white storyboard of the strip from artist Brad Anderson.
The “Dog Gone Funny” feature describes how Xochtl’s human companions have to spell out words such as “cookie” and “dinner” in her presence. Mary, who watches Xochtl during the day while her owner is at work, tells a little bit more about Echo Park’s new celebrity pooch:
“If Xochtl decides she likes you, she howls pitiously as soon as she catches your scent. She screeches, keens like a banshee, and does what can only be described as yodeling, easily heard from from here to the Alps! She keeps this up until the favored newcomer pets her to her satisfaction. Sometimes I worry that a passerby will think she is being tortured. The near neighbors are used to it.”