Snowy is a fictional character in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Herg��. Snowy is a white wire fox terrier who is a companion to Tintin, the series' protagonist. Snowy is a central character in all Tintin stories. He debuted on 10 January 1929 in the first installment of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, which was serialised in Le Petit Vingti��me until May 1930. Snowy's conception was inspired in part by a fox terrier at a caf�� Herg�� used to frequent. Milou, Snowy's original French name, was the nickname of Herg��'s first girlfriend; even so, Snowy is male. In the first eight Tintin adventures, Snowy regularly addresses his internal monologue to the reader. Herg�� diminished Snowy's speaking role after the introduction of Captain Haddock in the ninth story, The Crab with the Golden Claws.