Being a Game of Thrones fan and a dog lover, I found this to be hilarious! And then I started wondering, what dogs would the Cassie Palmer characters be/choose to own? My best guesses are below. Think I got it right/horribly wrong? Want to nominate other characters’ dogs? Leave a message and let me know! I will randomly select two comments for signed books and $25.00 B&N or Amazon gift cards on April 30. 🙂


25 Responses to Pets

  • Trisha says:

    I think Tomas would need to be a Xolo, though probably the type with hair. They’ve existed as a breed for more than 3,000 years in Mexico, Central and South America and appeared (appear? not sure) as art on all sorts of native artifacts. They were considered sacred by the Aztecs as guardians of their master’s spirits to the underworld. They believed the god Xolotl made these dogs from a portion of the Bone of Life, from which mankind was also created. The god gave the dogs as a gift to humans and told them to guard the dog with their lives. Apparently, they were also eaten… not sure how that fact co-exists with the mythology but there ya have it! Some are pretty silly looking but my friend’s Xolo is very noble and dignified, though still loves to play.

  • akruegs629 says:

    Cassie would want a mutt. She is a mix of everything! She’s part human, part goddess, magic worker, clairvoyant, Pythia, but she was raised by vampires. I can’t imagine her going for purebred anything, because that’s just not who she is. It would be a cuddler, whatever mix it ends up being!

    Mircea would have a Bucovina Shepherd Dog. It is Romanian, great with children (so it would have adored 11-y/o Cassie), and has been known to fight off bears to protect its herd. According to wikipedia, it is “balanced, calm, very devoted… does not trust strangers. An excellent watchdog for herds, dogs of this breed are courageous and very combative where potential predators are concerned.” Mircea would obviously have it guarding Cassie, so can you think of anything better suited? “They have a powerful bark” well, so does Mircea. “During the night, it patrols around the property or herds.” Perfect.

    Pritkin would have a pitbull. Everyone is scared of pitbulls. While they most certainly could rip anyone limb from limb, they are really just the sweetest, most loyal, and devoted beings in existence. Nothing describes Pritkin better, so his companion should be the same.

    I agree with your assessment of the Saluki for the Consul, although I’d be concerned for its safety with all the snakes roaming around…

    I also completely agree about Dory.

    Marco would have a bulldog. For obvious reasons.

    Francoise should have something small, perhaps a Pomeranian, something she can carry around in a bag as an accessory.

    Augustine would have some sort of cat. A very expensive-looking cat, who doesn’t deign to interact with humans unless absolutely necessary, but expects food and pillows and an endless supply of catnip.

  • Kristen says:

    You definitely nailed it! Thanks for posting this! It was fun to see this perspective of these characters that I love so much! 🙂

  • kragthang says:

    I think a Shiba Inu would be a great companion for Dory. Its qualities would fit Dory well (independent, intelligent, playful at times, good hunter, lively, interesting ways to express themselves…). Here is a cool video of a Shiba Inu playing in water:

    Pritkin would have a Tibetan Mastiff (guardian , social, not so good with strangers, intelligent, stubborn, strong-willed). Ever since I started reading your books, I always thought Pritkin and this dog would go along great.
    Louis-Cesare and a black Labrador Retriever would be a good team. With the Labrador being kind, outgoing, independent… and of course a beautiful sight.

    Rosier seems to be a hard case. He is probably not a dog person. He would go for something more exotic. Maybe a lynx? The same goes for the Consul. She has her snakes and I don’t know whether they tolerate other animals. Maybe as fodder.

    I don’t know whether your contest is open for people outside of the US. But since I thought it is a cool topic, I wanted to at least share my ideas.

  • Mich0417 says:

    I think Casanova would have a Bolognese as a pet:

    The Bolognese is named after the city of Bologna where the breed is thought to have originated. The breed dates to Ancient Roman times and is depicted on Roman earthenware. Images of the breed also appear on 17th-century Flemish tapestries, and in paintings by Francisco Goya, Antoine Watteau and Nicolas Gosse. The Italian artist Titian famously painted a portrait of Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua with his pet Bolognese c. 1529, which now hangs in Madrid’s Museo del Prado. Other well-known owners of Bolognese dogs are Catherine the Great of Russia, Madame de Pompadour and Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

    The Bolognese is a small dog that grows up to 12 inches high and weighs up to 14 pounds. It has long, fluffy white hair that falls in loose, open flocks like ringlets over the body. The average life span of the Bolognese is 14 years.

    (See more at:

    With the Bolognese’s illustrious and cosmopolitan heritage, it would be a perfect match for Casanova. I can see him fawning over his “Bella” and also employing his precious, adorable pet as his “wing dog” when wooing his latest conquest. Together, they would be formidable–ladies watch out!

  • mickiele1980 says:

    I’d see dory with something like a Newfoundland or one of those huge Russian mastiffs. I could defiantly see Cassie with the Maltese and pritkin with a corgi. The consul I’d see her having a sphinx cat or a Siamese cat not a dog…

  • taashmore says:

    Pritkin – Alaskan Klee Kai aka miniature husky. As he is cute, loyal, and can be dangerous!
    Everyone else is good.

  • nytetyger says:

    I rather think of Mircea as a elegant, semi snooty, so “done with it all until he’s not” Borzoi. The silvery white coat is spotless and he moves with grace, but is never unaware of his universe.

  • birchkoivu says:

    Louis-Cesare would definitely have a red and white Papillon. It’s associated with royalty and France, and the burnished red and snowy white coat is very stylish.

    I could see Pritkin with a Norwich Terrior. Tough, smart, and with fur that is a bit unruly… you see where I’m going with this haha. Those dogs are little troublemakers, but you can’t help loving them.

    Cassie would have a mutt. A dog that just sort of fell into her life one day, and after that they became best buddies. Likely a mix of boxer, golden retriever, and a few other things – but nobody really knows. The important thing is that the dog is loyal, loves to snuggle, and is super street smart.

  • Aly_P says:

    I think Marlowe would be a kuvasz:

    The Kuvasz can be a wonderful, loyal, and patient companion, but he’s not for everyone. Because he was bred to guard, he can be aloof, independent, and suspicious of strangers.

    Kuvaszok are extremely intelligent, but they aren’t easy to train. Their fierce independence makes them a challenge even for experienced dog owners.

  • bre91 says:

    I think Radu would have a Komondor, one of the more unique looking dogs who are “independent thinkers and can be stubborn or domineering.”

    I think Claire would have an Irish Setter. Not only are they known for their rich red coats but they are “tireless, enthusiastic, and approaches everything in life with a rollickin, good natured attitude, fuul of gusto and fervor.

    I think a Pharaoh Hound would also be a good choice for the Consul. Not just because of the name but because a hunting account from the XIX Egyptian Dynasty states, “He makes no delay in hunting, his face glows like a God and he delights to do his work.”

  • TrudyD says:

    I picture Pritkin as more of an Irish Wolfhound. They both have messy hair.

  • DCavenee says:

    I see Pritkin as a Rottweiler; fearless, stocky, dark, alert and confident.
    I agree on the other characters. 🙂

  • agilligan5 says:

    I see Pritkin as a Shetland Sheepdog. Very smart and very faithful and always trying to herd everyone where he wants them to go.

  • cris.sam says:

    I think would have a

    The Toy Poodle is remarkably intelligent. Sweet, cheerful, perky and lively. Delightful, very amusing and keen. Do not let this small dog develop Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behaviors where the dog believes he is pack leader to humans. This causes varying degrees of behavior issues, including, but not limited, to snapping, growling, guarding, demanding, untrustworthiness, sensitive, nervous, reserved with strangers and obsessive barking, as the dog tries to tell the humans what it is HE wants THEM to do. The reason is that most humans treat the dog in such a way that makes it unsure just who the pack leader is in the human-dog relationship. The dog, in his mind, is convinced HE is the leader to humans.

    Sounds to me like her power struggles.

    I picked for a New Guinea Singing dog

    These are considered the most rare dog breed. They are much like cats in there flexibility as their bone structure is similar and unlike other breeds. So they can get out of tough squeezes. They are very low maintenance and prefer to take care of themselves.

    I mostly pick them for their rareness and the fact they are so hard to train. Plus their coloring and body reminds me of the man. I think if he had one he would he able to train the wild dog and find a faithful companion.

    For I chose the Akitas

    This one I chose is more of a story of their loyalty for my decision. They put family first in their affections. The most famous story comes from the dog named Hachikō.

    Hachiko was born in 1923 and owned by Professor Hidesaburō Ueno of Tokyo.[13] Professor Ueno lived near the Shibuya Train Station in a suburb of the city and commuted to work every day on the train. Hachikō accompanied his master to and from the station each day. On May 25, 1925, when the dog was 18 months old, he waited for his master’s arrival on the four o’clock train, but Professor Ueno had suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage at work. Hachikō continued to wait for his master’s return. He travelled to and from the station each day for the next nine years. He allowed the professor’s relatives to care for him, but he never gave up the vigil at the station for his master. His vigil became world renowned when, in 1934, shortly before his death, a bronze statue was erected at the Shibuya train station in his honor.

    I though maybe a Ming-d could have given it to him some years back because although she is Chinese she is also the head of the Japanese vampires and this breed is Japanese.

    For I picked the infamous Pit Bull

    While I feel your choice is good I feel the breed itself is not feared. Where as much like Dory the Pit Bull is first thought of as dangerous, but can actually be quiet loving, loyal and misunderstood. On the flip side these dogs can be viscous and are very difficult to take down once its gotten its jaws on you.

    This sounds too my like my misunderstood Dory for me to have even thought of any other breed.

    As for the I couldnt pick a dog at all. I just could not see her having one or even a dog being able to be next to her. I could however she her owning a Cat.

  • lilaccats82 says:

    while I do like dogs i’m honestly more of a cat person.. (I like the idea of a corgi for Pritkin.. sorta.. but I like the Cardigan Welsh, especially the ones with the grey speckled coats better and that Saluki pic you chose is gorgeous) But when it comes to pets/dogs for Pritkin and Cassie I would choose a Vetelas named Beren. True he’s not exactly a dog but then again what mortal dog could keep up with those two and he would be a great protector almost acting as another guard along with Pritkin to keep Cassie safe plus an added mode of transport when they’re running out of steam and can’t escape through other methods 🙂 I really would love to see that happen in one of the upcoming books.. just imagine Marco or Mircea walking into the hotel suite to be greeted by Beren.. how funny would that be.. HA! 🙂

  • lorena says:

    If Marco had a dog, I suspect it would be a Cane Corso, a mastiff-like breed descended from Roman “catch” dogs used to catch boars, cattle and bears. They’re very protective of their families, but, given the right training, are very good natured and only attack if provoked. It’s a perfect fit for Marco!

  • Ssal says:

    The Puli(without proper grooming) reminds me of Stinky. They are a compact, square appearing, well balanced dog of medium size. Vigorous, alert and active. Striking and highly characteristic is the shaggy coat. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here is one to prove the point.×380/quality/90/?

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