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"Some of us lived with longpaws. They looked after us, they fed us, they even loved us. Don't misunderstand me, I'm a Wild Dog now, we all are. I don't want to join the longpaws or wear a collar ever again. But we should make sure the ones in the two know that the Growl is coming back. Otherwise they'll be killed. Whatever you think of the longpaws, it feels very wrong to leave them to that fate."
— Mickey to the Wild Pack in Storm of Dogs, page 91
Mickey
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Affiliations
Current:
Past:
Wild Pack[1]
Leashed Dog[2], Leashed Pack[2]
Description
Species
Breed
Gender
Dog
Border Collie[3]
Male
Names
Names Leashed Dog: Mickey[4]
Patrol Dog: Mickey[1]
Hunter: Mickey[5]

Lone Dog: Mickey[6]

Family
Family Longpaws (formerly)

Mate: Snap

Rank Positions
Rank Hunter[5]
Status
Status
Alive
Book Appearances
Living The Empty City, A Hidden Enemy, Darkness Falls, The Broken Path, The Endless Lake, Storm of Dogs, A Pack Divided, Dead of Night
Dead N/A

Mickey is a thick-furred,[7] sleek black-and-white male[2] Border Collie[3] with long,[8] black-and-white fur, a black-and-white nose,[9] huge,[10] dark[11] brown eyes,[12][13] black[14] pointed ears,[15] a black-and-white[16] long snout,[17] fluffy tail,[18] and black-and-white paws.[19]


History

In the Original Series

The Empty City

Mickey is one of the dogs that trains under Lucky and eventually helps form the Leashed Pack. Mickey is with the others when they rescue Lucky from the foxes. When he first meets Lucky, he's observed to be intelligent.
Mickey springs to his feet when Sunshine is injured, but says nothing. The black-and-white collie continues to remain silent when Lucky mends Sunshine. He looks impressed.
The dogs stay at the mall, deciding to play. Mickey begins playing tug-of-war with Bruno when Lucky decides to stay. Afterwards, Mickey is engaged by Lucky in a chase.
Once the dogs are exhausted with playing, Mickey rests with Sunshine on a silk cushion. Mickey begs through his eyes for Lucky to stay alongside the rest of the dog pack. Mickey adds in that they all played in the same dog parks while Daisy explains how they all lived on the same street.
Mickey explains even their longpaws were in a pack on their own. Later on, when thunder and the rumbling of the a falling longpaw house frightens the Leashed Pack, Mickey gives a frightened growl.
When the dogs panic and try to find out how to get Alfie out of the wreckage, Mickey whines bleakly that they cannot do anything. When the dogs finally rescue Alfie, Mickey defends Bella for being against trying to rescue Alfie in the unstable longpaw house.
When Daisy disappears and the Leashed Pack set off to find her, Mickey tries to herd the dogs around Lucky. When they find the location, Bella and Mickey are both behind Lucky, unwilling to hesitate rescuing Daisy like they were with Alfie. They finally find Daisy, and Mickey licks her nose. Later on, the dogs retrieve their mementos from their longpaw houses, while Mickey stands by Lucky's side.
Mickey doesn't need to go finding a memento, for he kept ahold of his leather glove from the start. Lucky urges Mickey to follow him in the rear when they begin their trek into the hills. The dogs come across yellow longpaws, and Mickey joins in joyously howling with Martha and Bruno.
Mickey is part of the group when Daisy is shaken by the yellow longpaws, and the Leashed Pack surround her, trying to console her and figure out why the longpaw had acted that way. Mickey exclaims in shock that he'd never seen a longpaw try to hurt a dog. The dogs leave, hurrying to flee this bad place. Except Mickey does not leave with them.
He tells Lucky that he feels there's something behind what the longpaws are doing. He asks why would they choose to be with the bad water and yellow foam. Mickey is distraught, wondering where the other longpaws left and why these bad ones were left behind. He's finally convinced by Lucky to leave into the wild and away from the city.
Mickey asks Lucky for more rests while they journey into the wild, taking side with Sunshine on the matter. When Lucky thanks him for herding everyone in the back, Mickey returns the favor saying that's what he does. Mickey thanks Lucky in return for leading them. When Lucky insists they would do better without the longpaw things, Mickey replies that he can't leave the glove. It was his young longpaw's. The black-and-white collie says he just knows the longpaws didn't leave him on purpose.
Mickey then says he knows about Lucky's longpaws and how they don't sound like the longpaws he knows. He then explains everything the longpaws did to him, much to Lucky's growling responses.
Later on, when the Leashed Pack is hungry, they insist Lucky teach them to hunt. Mickey adds that they'll copy him. When Mickey is learning to hunt like the others, Lucky notes he's getting the hang of it.
Later on, when the dogs leave with the city in their sights for the last time, Lucky asks them to leave their longpaw belongings behind. The rest of the dogs leave their belongings, but Mickey holds onto his, saying he'll carry the memories for the rest of the pack's.
The dogs find their perfect temporary camp and Lucky assigns Mickey in charge of finding food with Bella and other dogs. They all praise Mickey for being the best hunter. On the hunt, Mickey manages to catch a squirrel. Mickey then has the idea to store the food in a cool prey-store.
When the dogs celebrate later on in the sprinkle of fresh water and sunshine, Mickey is observed to be most in tune with his dog-spirit. Later on, However, Mickey is trapped by his collar when he is hunting by some thorn bushes. They free him by tugging his collar loose, but much to Lucky's disdain, Mickey insists they put the collar back on him.
Lucky notices how much Mickey has improved as a pack-dog and how well he is doing.
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A Hidden Enemy

Coming Soon

Darkness Falls

When he notices the dark clouds hovering over the sky, he quickly assumes that its a sign that the longpaws are back and tries to persuade the other Leashed Dogs to come with him and go back to their homes.
He is secondly seen in the book, when Lucky goes back to the city. He is hiding in some alley when longpaws are taking stuff out of his home. He sees Lucky, and tells him that he's watching them. He keeps watching, then when the longpaws start taking his stuff out of his home, he convinces Lucky to stop them. Later, Mickey and Lucky find three abandoned Fierce Dog pups, their mother dog was dead, and were dying. They were later saved by Mickey, and Lucky and were brought back to the pack.
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The Broken Path

Mickey is first seen when him and Snap join the circle of dogs to watch the young pups, Squirm and Nose, earn their names.
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The Endless Lake

Mickey is first seen greeting Lucky when Lucky, Storm, Moon, Martha and Bella return to the pack. He touched noses with each dog while he was wagging his tail. He was the first to spot Martha.
Even when Alpha said Storm must be still called Lick, Mickey called her Storm. He spoke her name quietly and fumbled his words though.
Mickey had his head down when it was time to eat since the hunters caught nothing. Lucky whispered to Mickey asking him if that was it. Mickey said that was all they could find.
Mickey was in Lucky's vision fighting the Storm of Dogs. Mace beat Mickey and threw him against the snow.
When Lucky woke up from being passed out Mickey and Daisy exchanged looks.
When Storm mentioned how her name wasn't Lick and no other dogs had a problem with that Mickey looked at Snap.
When Alpha left after he said they would all hunt the next day he shoved himself between Mickey and Martha.
When Bella showed the dogs how to prance on the hunt Mickey tried it to.
As the dogs were taking shelter from the rain Lucky squeezed in next to Mickey.
Lucky, Snap and Mickey were sent to hunt when the dogs didn't catch anything. When Lucky was talking to Storm Mickey asked if Lucky was coming. The hunters ducked behind a rock to see what they could catch. When Snap saw a prey animal Mickey warned her to go slow. The animal was a bird. The hunters attacked it and Mickey held it down so Snap could kill it.
Mickey had also caught a mountain rat.
When Alpha ripped the pelt off the rabbit he ordered Mickey and Snap to hold it down.
Daisy and Mickey saw a longpaw house and wondered if there was food there. When Sunshine ran toward it so did Mickey and Daisy. Lucky went looking for them calling their names.
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Storm of Dogs

Mickey, Martha, Bella, Lucky, Sunshine, and Snap attempt to rescue the longpaws at the endless lake. One of the longpaws is trapped and is about to drown. Mickey talks Lucky into saving the longpaw, and the longpaw is afraid of Mickey and hits him with a stick but does not back off. Mickey saves the longpaws life and gets a pat on the head. Mickey could have gone for his old life again, but he stays with the pack.
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In the Gathering Darkness arc

A Pack Divided

Mickey is briefly mentioned in the prologue as he and Lucky find the abandoned Fierce-Dog pups from Lick's perspective. Mickey talks to Storm about Whisper, and Mickey is later chased down by a giantfur trying to steal food.
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Dead of Night

Mickey is seen in the prologue speaking to Lucky in low growls about the approaching coyotes as the three Fierce Dog pups wait. He then orders the pups to do as he does, throwing himself on the ground and rolling in the mud and mulch to mask his scent. He rolls until his fur is thick with the forest floor.
As the pups coat themselves in the mud, Mickey scolds Wiggle against cleaning himself. He warns that the pups must resist the urge to clean themselves. He says that they did well, and they now needed to be quiet and very still. Mickey crawls under a bush, followed by Wiggle and Lick.
Wiggle burrows himself in Mickey's thick fur as the coyotes approach.
Alpha asks Mickey to lead a patrol to leave a mark on Fox Mist and puts Mickey in charge. Storm tells Mickey that she should not scar Fox Mist because it is not the right thing to do. Mickey listens to Storm and tells Fox Mist to leave scarless. Lucky waits for Mickey to come back and ask him what happened. Mickey lies to Lucky saying Storm did her duty to scar Fox Mist.
More Coming Soon

Trivia

  • His longpaw memento was a leather glove that belonged to his longpaw pup.[2]
  • Gillian Phillip stated that there may have been a low-key attraction between Bella and Mickey at one point.[20]
  • Gillian particularly likes the shipping of Snap and Mickey.[21]

Family

Members

Mate: Snap[22] Living As of Dead of Night

Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mickey
 
Snap
 

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Quotes

"Why did you leave me? I would never have left you! Why did you go? You let me come upstairs, you gave me treats... You took me to the big garden, we played together... I waited for you when I was alone in the house... I thought about you all the time. Why didn't you take me with you?"
—Mickey Darkness Falls, page 90


"I can’t give up my faith in the longpaws. I understand that we can’t rely on the longpaws to help us anymore. But one of us has to remember. One of us has to carry the memories for the rest of the Pack. I’ll do it."
—Mickey's speech about his longpaws The Empty City, pages 258-259


"I don't care if I don't longpaws just now. I'll find them again, if I have to learn to fight better, that's what I'll do- but I will put my collar back on. I won't give up on my longpaws."
—Mickey to Lucky The Empty City, page chapter 16


"But they never meant to, Lucky. If my longpaws left me, it was because they had no choice. I know that."
—Mickey to Lucky The Empty City, page chapter 13


"If a Leashed Dog like me can adapt, then pups certainly can. Dogs aren't born bad."
—Mickey about the Fierce Dog pups Darkness Falls, page 173


"Why did you leave me? I would never have left you! Why did you go? You let me come upstairs, you gave me treats... You took me to the big garden, we played together... I waited for you when I was alone in the house... I thought about you all the time. Why didn't you take me with you?"
—Mickey venting about his longpaws abandonment Darkness Falls, page 90


"I thought they'd come back. The other longpaws, the bad ones... we challenged them, we scared them with our growls and teeth. I could smell their fear-scent. That's not how it used to be. I've never threatened longpaws before."
—Mickey to Lucky about his longpaws Darkness Falls, page 91



References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Darkness Falls, page 14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The Empty City, page 80
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in A Hidden Enemy Pack List
  4. Revealed in The Empty City, page 95
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Broken Path Pack List
  6. Citation Needed
  7. Revealed in Dead of Night, page 5
  8. Revealed in Dead of Night, page 41
  9. Revealed in A Hidden Enemy, page 69
  10. Revealed in Darkness Falls, page 117
  11. Revealed in The Empty City, page 201
  12. Revealed in The Empty City, page 156
  13. Revealed in Darkness Falls, page 50
  14. Revealed in Darkness Falls, page 99
  15. Revealed in Darkness Falls, page 24
  16. Revealed in The Endless Lake, page 223
  17. Revealed in Darkness Falls, page 156
  18. Revealed in Dead of Night, page 49
  19. Revealed in The Endless Lake, page 207
  20. Revealed on Gillian's Facebook
  21. Revealed on Gillian's Facebook
  22. Revealed in Storm of Dogs, chapter 8

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