Sherlock Holmes and Dogs


Chloe wears her Sherlock Holmes deer stalker cap.

Chloe and I just wrapped up watching the Granada Television series of our favorite detective - Sherlock Holmes. I’ve always admired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional character of Holmes for his deductive reasoning and the extreme importance that is placed on examining even the smallest of details in solving a case. You might say the architectural profession, which has consumed 40 years of my career, runs on the same principles of reason and detail.

Of all the many actors that have played Holmes, Jeremy Brett is one of the best in his portrayal of Sherlock with his mannerisms of a quick wit, and the short rhythmic form of speech. Brett, along with actors David Burke and later Edward Hardwicke who both played his assistant Dr. Watson, were cast in the 1984-1994 Granada Television production.  It was this well done British TV series that Chloe - sitting in one La-Z-Boy chair and I in the other - spent many evenings following the villains, the clues, and of course the dogs that were weaved in and out of the plot lines.

William S. Doran, author of “The Dogs of Sherlock Holmes”, listed a total of 20 different dogs of various breeds and dispositions as having appeared in the 60 Sherlock Holmes stories penned by Conan Doyle. Even Holmes had a special dog - named Toby - that was often used to follow the scent trails. No doubt Conan Doyle also understood the importance that our dogs play within the family when he had Sherlock quote:

“A dog reflects family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”

Actor Jeremy Brett in his iconic deer stalker hat.

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