Shakespeare uses "dog" or "dogs" over two hundred times in his works. He also was the first writer to use the compound noun "watchdog", in The Tempest (1.2.390) and he coined the famous phrase the "dog will have his day", Hamlet (5.1.280).
Another famous reference to dogs is found in Julius Caesar (3.1.274) - Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war.
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