Rosemary Sutcliff said to the Radio Times in 1977: “I like a child or a dog or an adult according to their merits. I am prone to like more dogs on a percentage basis”! Dogs also feature in many of her books. Katherine Langrish, fantasy novelist, wondered if “perhaps Rosemary wrote about dogs as a way of owning them …?”
In Dawn Wind finds Dog, a young war-hound, by moonlight on the ruins of a battlefield:
… it was something alive in the cold echoing emptiness of a dead world. It stood with one paw raised, looking at him, and Owain called, hoarsely, with stiff lips and aching throat: ‘Dog! Hai! Dog!’ … [It] came, slowly and uncertainly… once it stopped altogether; then it finished at the run and next instant was trembling against his legs. He was a young dog; the beautiful creamy hair of his breast-patch was stained and draggled, and his muzzle bloody in the moonlight… ‘Dog, aiee, dog, we are alone then. There’s no one else. We will go together, you and I.’
- Brother Dusty-Feet: Hugh runs away from home to protect Argos.
- The Eagle of the Ninth: Cub is Esca’s tame wolf cub.
- Outcast: Canog is a mistreated mongrel owned by Beric, whose childhood dog was Gelert.
- The Lantern Bearers: Artos’s dog Cabal. (See also Sword at Sunset)
- Warrior Scarlet: Whitethroat; Fand the Beautiful.
- The Bridge-Builders: Math, a Hibernian wolfhound.
- Knight’s Fee: Joyeuse.
- Dawn Wind: Dog, a survivor of Owain’s Last Stand.
- Blood Feud: Brindle is a cattle dog.
- Bonnie Dundee: Caspa.
- The Shining Company: Gelert.
- Sword Song: Bjarni murders a man for kicking Astrid, and Hugin follows him home from Dublin.
- Sword at Sunset. Cabal. (See also The Lantern Bearers)