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March 27, 2018


Rowe Carenen

I know that I will absolutely stop reading a book if they kill off the dog!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

It is pretty amazing, isn’t it? I mean, I understand it, of course, and feel the same way about cats!
John, I love the way you talk about whether the dog advances the plot. Or not. That is so wise!
And sometimes, having a pet can’t even make it difficult… Having a dog means the detective have to take care of their pets, right? And that is not always convenient…

Margaret Hamilton Turkevich

I have two standard poodles and so does my protagonist. In real life, dog walkers find an astonishing number of corpses in the woods (or is that TV?). The poodles also have an intruder bark that alerts her to the bad guys skulking around her cottage.

Jeanine Cronin

As a matter of fact, I DID have a pet iguana years ago. My son named him Angus(after Angus Young). Angus had the run of the house and he absolutely loved me. He would run to meet me when I would walk through the door, climb up my leg (ouch!) and ride on my shoulder. Sometimes he would sit on top of my head while I worked at the computer. He slept on the back of an easy chair in my bedroom and he used a litter box.

Elaine Viets

I like big dogs, too, John. Can't stand little fluffy yappers, but I'd never kill any animal, cat or dog, in a novel.


When you first mentioned Fang, my mind went to Fang from the Nate the Great picture books. Of course, Fang is the neighbor's dog, and Nate winds up with his own dog, Sludge.

If I'm going for favorite, I'll take Reddy, Trixie's dog in the Trixie Belden series. A couple of times, Reddy plays into the plot in some way, but most of the time, he's just there for atmosphere.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, I forgot about Reddy! SO great!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Jeanine--really?? Amazing. Amazing!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, Margaret, you are so right! Dogs can be a big plus!

John Carenen

I've never been particularly partial to cats, but my long-suffering wife is pretty fond of our orange tabby Beeker. I'm pretty sure I'd have to sleep on the couch if I killed off a cat, too.

John Carenen

Margaret- Standard poodles are beautiful dogs! So smart and I love that they don't shed. Gotcha hasn't happened upon any bodies yet, but that's a good idea.

John Carenen

An iguana trained to use the litter box is really impressive, Jeanine!

John Carenen

I don't think I could any pet in a book, Elaine. I don't like the fluffy purse dogs either, but it isn't their fault and I couldn't do them in even in fiction.

John Carenen

I never read the Trixie Belden series, but my girls did!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hmmm...I'm in the midst of writing my new book--wonder if my character needs a dog?

John Carenen

Hank - Thank you for your kind remarks. And yes, I think your character needs a dog, even more than the dog needs the character. How he/she interacts with the protagonist can reveal the character's character. Or just be comic relief to ease the tension.

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