Considering that Georgette Heyer was a lifelong lover of dogs, it is not surprising that they feature in several of her novels. The standout canine character is, undoubtedly, Lufra the “Baluchistan Hound” from Frederica. But there are others, too. In Arabella, we have the privilege of meeting Ulysses, the “unkempt and filthy mongrel” who, after being rescued from the streets by Arabella, is adopted by Mr. Beaumaris. In Friday’s Child, we are introduced to Pug, a “nasty, smelly little brute” that Hero is compelled to take for daily walks. In The Grand Sophy, we make the acquaintance of Tina, a “fairy-like little greyhound.” And last, but certainly not least, who can forget Bouncer, the giant “half lurcher, half mastiff” from The Reluctant Widow?
Do you have a particular favorite? Cast your vote below! And if dogs aren’t your cup of tea, feel free to write in the kitchen-cat from Venetia, Jacko the monkey from The Grand Sophy, or any other Georgette Heyer pet that strikes your fancy.
The Poll is Now Closed.
1st Place: Ulysses from Arabella with 46% of the vote.
2nd Place: Lufra from Frederica with 30% of the vote.
3rd Place: Bouncer from The Reluctant Widow with 18% of the vote.
4th Place: Tina from The Grand Sophy with 6% of the vote.
And poor Pug from Friday’s Child got no votes at all.
Thank you for voting!
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