A leather and brass dog collar that belonged to Charles Dickens has recently fetched $11,590 at a New York City auction. Like many Victorians, the writer was extremely fond of dogs. He had mastiffs named “Turk” and “Linda”, a pomerarian “Mrs Bouncer,” and a terrier “Snittle Timbery” just to name a few.  Many of his books had wonderful dog characters as well, including “Spike” in Oliver Twist and “Diogenes” in Dombey and Son.