"We all know books burn -- yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know books are weapons."
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)