Clark, the dog, believes he is the hero of the Miller family.
This heroism attitude really came from Jack, the 8-year-old boy in the Miller household. One day, he got up and tucked a washcloth through Jack's collar. The night before, he had seen an old cartoon with a dog that wore a cape, and although the dog in the cartoon didn't do much except fly, Jack wanted to see what Clark would look like in a cape.
Clark, always a patient dog, wore the cape. Afterall, as a puppy, he put up with Jack's little sister, Ashley, dressing him in doll clothes. This cape was nothing compared to the doll clothes.
Still, the family saw a change in Clark that day, while he pranced around the house in this cape. It seems that in Clark's mind, he wanted to act like a hero. That day, he chased after the mailman who ran away from the Miller household so fast that he lost his gray hat. He also chased the neighbor's cat that would wander into the Miller's back yard. He even comforted 6-month old Jasper when he cried by licking his face.
Before the dirty dishcloth became Clark's cape, Clark was little more than a whiny and moody dog. But that cape changed everything.
Now, every morning, Clark gets up and looks at Jasper waiting for his cape. No cape, no good Clark, who will then whine and chew shoes.
But that cape means Clark is a he