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Poppy Playtime DogDay

Poppy Playtime’s DogDay is a bit of a mystery, as while he appears to be an enemy, it’s not his fault and we’re here to tell you why.

Poppy Playtime's DogDay crawling forwards while a happy version of himself fades into the background

Poppy Playtime’s DogDay looks like he’d eat the PT dogs, Monty, Scrappy, and Floyd for breakfast. This terrifying pooch makes his debut in Deep Sleep, the third chapter in Poppy Playtime, and while he seems ready to kill you, there’s more to him than meets the eye. Honestly, we really do wish that belly rub would solve his problems, but that’s not the case.

We all know that the main villain in Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 is Poppy Playtime’s CatNap, so make sure you read his guide, where we dive into his personality, backstory, and role in the current story, just like we’re about to do with DogDay. However, don’t forget that these two are just part of a larger cast of Poppy Playtime characters, two of which, Poppy Playtime’s Huggy Wuggy and Poppy Playtime’s Mommy Long Legs, serve as the villains of Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 and Poppy Playtime Chapter 2, respectively.

Anyway, let’s take a look at Poppy Playtime’s DogDay.

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Who is Poppy Playtime’s DogDay?

DogDay lives in Playcare and is the leader of the Smiling Critters, the same group to which CatNap belongs. However, he doesn’t share the same beliefs as CatNap, and it’s evident that neither do the rest of the Smiling Critters, as they’re long dead before we arrive at the orphanage.

At some point, DogDay clearly speaks out against Experiment 1006, or, at the very least, gives off the impression that he doesn’t agree with what Poppy Playtime’s Prototype has done. During the videotape showing The Hour of Joy, it doesn’t appear that DogDay took part in the massacre that killed, in the words of Poppy, “the guilty and the innocent.” Whereas, we can see that CatNap did, as does, presumably, the Prototype.

We know that Poppy disagrees with what happened, and given what DogDay says about helping Poppy set things right, it’s clear that he also thinks things have gone too far in the factory. What befalls DogDay is nothing short of a crying shame, and it still haunts me.

What is Poppy Playtime DogDay’s role in the story?

DogDay doesn’t have a huge impact on what happens in Deep Sleep. Rather, after clueing you in on some of the unfortunate events that plagued the factory, he becomes a mini-boss of sorts. You have to run from him after the mini Poppy Playtime Smiling Critters crawl inside him, killing him and taking control of his body. It’s quite harrowing to watch, especially as it’s evident that the poor pooch has been suffering at the hands (paws) of CatNap for some time. As his lower half is missing, it’s safe to assume that the mini Smiling Critters are using him as their food source.

As for the rundown that he gives you, DogDay helps you to piece together the overarching story by giving some insight into The Hour of Joy. He explains that CatNap worships the Prototype and that he doesn’t take too kindly to heratics. Assumedly, DogDay is one of those heretics. The Hour of Joy was a massacre, hundreds lost their lives, many of which were innocent. Due to this vibrant and happy nature, it’s no surprise that the events took a tragic toll on DogDay, leaving a deep impact on him.

The last Smiling Critter besieges you to go and find Poppy. He wants you to end what’s happening. So you see, DogDay is one of the good guys, but that doesn’t mean he can’t kill you. Remember, you need to run as soon as he screams and those mini Smiling Critters take control of him. DogDay pursues you until you manage to escape the Playhouse.

That’s the last you see of DogDay in the chapter. We won’t let you down, pooch.

Poppy Playtime DogDay chasing the player through the playhouse

Poppy Playtime DogDay’s personality

His Smiling Critter description states that DogDay is a sunny individual who always looks on the bright side of life, often encouraging those around him to do the same. He’s a loving pup who wants the best for his friends. It’s just a shame that CatNap subjects him to the heinous gas, which throws DogDay into a manic and deprived state until sleep takes over.

Right up until his scream for us to run, DogDay is clearly a brave pup, and he’s not afraid to speak up and try to do what’s right. Honestly, as harrowing as the scene with him is, it shows why he was the leader of the Smiling Critters. It’s a shame that CatNap chose to follow a sadistic experiment instead.

Poppy Playtime DogDay’s appearances

Chapter 3 is the first appearance of DogDay, and given what the mini Smiling Critters do to him, we’d wager that this is the last we’ll ever see of DogDay. Therefore, all we can do is forge forward into Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 and make sure that the Prototype and whichever toys are still helping him get what they deserve.

Is there a Poppy Playtime DogDay plush?

Yes, you can get an official Poppy Playtime DogDay plush from the Poppy Playtime website. As with CatNap, it’s not the frightening version of the toy that you get, but the cute cast member of the Smiling Critters instead.

And that’s all we can tell you about Poppy Playtime’s DogDay until the game releases. If you’re yet to play the previous chapters, check out our Poppy Playtime download guide. We also have Poppy Playtime Kissy Missy, Poppy Playtime Ollie, Poppy Playtime Miss Delight, and Poppy Playtime Poppy guides if you want to learn about some of the other characters who appear in Deep Sleep.