Thursday, November 22, 2012
Hounds of the Book-ervilles
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: