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Arthur C. Clarke

Science Fiction author Arthur C. Clarke -- whose greatest classic among many classics is Childhood's End (1953) -- had a one-eyed chihuahua he called Pepsi or even Lady Pepsi, "my killer chihuahua" due to her high spirit.

His friend Paul Michaud said that Pepsi was essentially "the woman in his life and his inspiration," and Paul tried to convince Sir Arthur that Pepsi should write a Clarke biography since no one knew him better. "In Pepsi he found the wings with which to fly even further towards the sun and into the stars."

Frequently Pepsi was inside Clarke's shirt snoozing. When she awoke and wanted to come out, Sir Arthur was delighted to inform guests he was about to re-enact the birth of an extraterrestrial as in the movie Alien (1979).

Of Pepsi Sir Arthur said, "I had an extreme negative predisposition to two animals on this earth: monkeys and chihuahuas. When I was a child, my best friend owned a shrewish little mutt that made shreds of several of my pantlegs so I expected the worst. Pepsi, however, was more like housecat."

In 2000 he would introduce Pepsi as his "imperialist running dog." On one occasion, in 2002, he said of his by then aging little cyclops, "My beloved Chihuahua Pepsi is never far from me, night or day. She is now over ten years old and spends ninety percent of her time sleeping -- but is always ready to pick a fight with Minnie, our Yorkshire terrier. After a succession of sadly-missed Shepherds and Ridgebacks, I never imagined that I would lose my heart to so tiny a canine person."

Pepsi died in 2004 at age thirteen. Sir Arthur was beside himself with grief. A year later he was still grieving, and said, "Ive just heard that dogs aren't allowed in Heaven, so I'm not going there."

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