"I advised you to dispose of your books, and advise it still. Be sure to do it, it will give you peace of mind.
But at the same time be careful not to become narrow-minded, or afraid of reading what is well written, quite the contrary, such writings are a source of comfort in life."
I was also trying to guess the breed or purpose of the dog's shape. I would say he would have gone down a hole after vermin - a "badger" type dog which has always been useful in England. Very alert, and I liked the the idea of the deity Nodens, a god of "hunting, dogs & healing". A versatile & useful deity :o)