I almost always hate when pets are described in books. Unless they’re like Vincent from Lost & integral to plot, I prefer to ignore them. Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up w/ pets, but I mean – everyone likes their pet & they’re all the same, so why bother pointing them out? It’s like “flowers are pretty” or “babies love their mother.” It can go w/out saying. Pets are either annoying or cute. Not a lot going on. People who had pets: I know you disagree w/ me. Stop yelling Like I said, I didn’t have them. Pets = background furniture to me. Whatevs!
I look into the dog’s eyes. She is as stupid as a barrel of toes. Galaxies of nothing are going on in her eyes. I get up. ‘I’m going to talk to Mum,’ I explain. The dog remains under my bed, as always, deeply nervous about being a dog.
– Caitlin Moran, How To Be A Woman
Hey, dog people, of all the possible verbs you could have chosen, why do you “express” anal glands?
Do you have a favourite literary dog?
Lady: My Life as a Bitch (2001)
Melvin Burgess, Puffin, 208pp, 978-0141310282, O/P
A funny, poignant tale about a 17-year-old girl and her relationship with sexual desire. When Sandra turns into a dog, a world of extremes opens to her. The excited fascination with sex that had led her into conflict with adults when she was a human (although it was legal) is now expected behaviour. The message is that sex can be fun but that compulsive promiscuity is not a wise lifestyle choice and even dogs might not be allowed to enjoy it for long. Thoughtful readers will enjoy the canine debate on what it means to be human, and note that Sandra is becoming “sensible” without adults’ intervention before her dog life even starts.
Other Dog Links
- On Loving Animals
- Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs from Colossal
- Adorable Dog Saved By Mouth To Snout Resuscitation from Jezebel
- 40 Things That Make Corgis Happy from Buzzfeed
- Dogs Are Man’s Best Nemesis, When You Include Diet? from Free The Animal
- Cats may rule the Internet, but dogs rule literature
- The Five Best in Show Dog Memoirs from Biographile