Literary Pets

by Marina

Dogs rule . . . .

Many of the Readers’ Services Team are dog lovers as shown by the number of times we’ve snuck photos (or videos) of our own pets into our blog posts. We like other animals too, no doubt, but dogs seem to inspire our content more. Although, there’s this thing where cats and libraries seem to go together? Weird.

So, for those of you without pets (whether for the reason of time, space, allergies or anything between and beyond) maybe spending time with a literary pet is just what you need.

Now you want to be selective here. What if you pick Lying Cat from the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan? She’ll call you out on your lies. That wouldn’t be fun. Besides, she looks like one of those hairless cats. I’m partial to cats that have hair. On the other hand, if you’re looking at literary cats, there’s always Hobbes. He’d be pretty cool. And very little clean-up since he’s a stuffed toy. But you might also have to contend with Calvin. Since they seem to be a pretty tight pair.

Now, this all started with our teams’ mutual love of dogs, so let’s think about those. I like big dogs (and I cannot lie–sorry, I couldn’t resist) so I’m partial to Fang from the Harry Potter series. Big, slobbery, and very loyal. What’s not to love? For the record, I’m partial to big and slobbery. But the first dog I thought of was Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (the first in the Chaos Walking series). This is a dog that lives in a land where all the thoughts of men and animals can be heard. His loyalty and friendship to Todd is proven over and over again as they are relentlessly chased by the horrible, apparently indestructible, Aaron.

So, those are a few of my picks for literary pets.

Who would you choose?

And, in case you were thinking I’m negligent in not sneaking in some (more) photos of my pets after blatantly calling us all out . . . well, don’t worry. I’d never miss a chance to share some cute pics of my pets.

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