Little Helper is the Simpsons's family dog. Santa's
Little Helper is a purebred Greyhound who was abandoned
by his previous owner for losing too many races
at the Springfield Downs race track. Homer and Bart
found the dog one Christmas Eve and brought him
home as the family's Christmas present.
While he is the 'family dog', Santa's Little Helper
is beloved by his master, Bart. They spend many
hours together playing in the yard and going for
walks. Santa's Little Helper also enjoys digging
in the backyard and begging for food. He often finds
himself in trouble for tearing up furniture, chewing
shoes and destroying family quilts. At one point,
the Simpsons were ready to give him dog away but
decided to put him in obedience training as his
one last chance. It took a lot of training and patience,
but Santa's Little Helper finally learned the basic
commands. Miss Winthorp, the trainer at the obedience
school, awarded Santa's Little Helper a degree from
the obedience school.
Santa's Little Helper has had many adventures including
a romance with a lovely Greyhound that resulted
in 25 puppies. The Simpsons decided to put the puppies
up for adoption but they were stolen by Mr. Burns.
Fortunately, the puppies escaped from Mr. Burns
after Bart and Lisa discovered that Burns was going
to kill the puppies and use their fur for clothes.
Santa's Little Helper has had some problems with
his new family. He was abandoned by the Simpson
family for Laddie, a better-bred dog Bart bought
from a catalog. He eventually wound up living with
a blind man who was later arrested for drugs. Bart
came to his senses and tried to take his dog back
from the blind man. Bart promised Santa's Little
Helper that he would never give him away again.
Santa's Little Helper has also had his legs broken
by Mr. Burns and had to undergo an urgent operation
due to a 'twisted' stomach.
Santa's Little Helper may not be the "Best
in Show" however he fits in well and is loved
by his family.