Thank you for your dog-related questions! It was a good excuse to finally give them personalities and names. Let's see if I can convey which one is which in upcoming chapters...
OneGalOneLife asks: Phaedra, your mom owns a lot of dogs going by her portrait. What makes Katja different from the rest?
DotE asks: Katja, are you the fluffiest in your big fluffy family?
Off to the side: Magnus is the fluffiest! (but Katja might be the softest)
LiterallyJustSomeGuy asks: Daphne, what's it like having so many dogs?
An array of Samoyed portraits follows.
Males: Ivan, the Bravest. Lief, the Troublemaker. Magnus, the Big Boy.
Females: Sigrid, the Sleeper. Annika, the Escape Artist. Hilda, the Loudest. Katja, the Sweetest.
In the corner, Daphne Philemon holds up a sticky roller covered in white dog hair. She herself is also covered in white dog hair. But she looks pleased.
Daphne: We have a whole palace wing dedicated to grooming. It's a lot of work... but it's worth every stray hair!