The Backstory of the Dog Snuguru Maestro
International Dog Day Pt. 2 - Snuguru Maestro's Backstory
So we learned in part 1 that the character is based on an actual real life dog.... but what about the character, what's his backstory?
Well, for a start he had a traditional Japanese upbringing, during which nobody, not once, mentioned his doggishness.
His parents are artists. On his mother's side there's classical musicians and opera singers. On his father's side there have been generations of Mask makers.
The Master Mask Makers
Snuguru's great grandfather specialised in making Okina masks, his grandfather specialised in making Ondekomen masks and his father was obsessed with making Tengu masks. Which is interesting because Tengu means Heavenly Dog. So, when the happy couple went to the hospital they were relatively unsurprised that their offspring was a half-human half-puppy with the voice of an angel!
Run Free Snuguru!
Unfortunately for Snuguru though, his strict upbringing meant he spent all his time learning the crafts of his forefathers and studying hard. As a result, he is a highly talented and educated dog who craves to run free. He's just turned 21, he's finished his studies and he's left home...
Now Snuguru Maestro has entered the Nippon Marathon, he's about to meet Darwin, Nishibori and Zenbei... will he be loyal to them? How will he fare? Why does his scarf say I Heart Joe ???
Only time will tell!