Sherlock Holmes from time to time rented a blood hound named Toby who figured prominently in The Sign of Four. Holmes held the dog in very high regard but was too self-possessed to actually own a pet.
The master sleuth is probably more often remembered with the great black mastiff called The Hound of the Baskervilles, hardly a "pet" of course. Put a curly haired spaniel plays an important role in one of the most amusing examples of Holmes' "Method" described in that particular story.
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Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled with pets?
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 11:47 PM
A pet dog plays a major role in Name of the Game is Death
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