Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hounds of the Book-ervilles

Was just about to snuggle up with the pillowesque hounds to finish up Susan Elia MacNeal's Princess Elizabeth's Spy when I was struck by a little mystery of my own.

Some professions fall heavily on one side of the cats vs dogs picket fence on contention. Junk yard owners are usually pro-dogs. Librarians are traditionally cat snugglers. Rugged mountaineers are fond of their St Bernards. Professional ladies in upscale cat food commercials love their cats. But what about detectives? I would like to think that they're dog people.

Off the top of my head, I could think of a few literary dog sidekicks:

Snowy - Intrepid sidekick to Tintin, explorer/journalist (did he ever write a single word in the entire series?)

The Littlest Hobo - Greatest Canadian detective of all time

Toby - Sherlock Holmes' go-to nose in The Sign of the Four

Diefenbaker - Blind half-wolf from Due South

The long-suffering Asta - owned by the perpetually tipsy Nick and Nora from the Thin Man films

Am I missing famous canines? Or are detectives really felonious for felines?

Just because, here's the best drunken Nick and Nora moments. Notice poor Asta keeping that entire family afloat:

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