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Tibetan Temple Dogs is the scion of a celestial being called a Foo Dog and mortal canine. They first appear in Blood Rites

In the seriesEdit

Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

Blood Rites opens with Harry rescuing a litter of Tibetan Temple Dog pups for Brother Wang from an abandoned old school building chased by monkey-demons with black wings and flaming poo fire-balls.[1] Later, Harry discovers that one of the pups has stowed away in his car when squeaky growls a warning as a vampire approaches the car.[2] It’s too late to return the pup, the contact number for Brother Wang has been cut off. In the end, Harry adopts the pup, naming him Mouse.[3]

White NightEdit

Main article: White Night

In White Night, when Anna Ash’s apartment building was on fire, and all of the residents were asleep because of a mild sleeping spell, and the Ordo Lebes women were trapped in Anna’s apartment due to a predator who's been stalking them is outside of her door laying wait—Mouse lets out with an extremely loud “WOOF” repeatedly and with mechanical regularity. The scale of it was similar to a Civil Defense storm warning and blindingly loud when near it. Harry describes it like a flood of sound, a solid living cascade that rattle your brain. All of the residents awoke and vacated safely without panic. The Ordo were able to escape with the evacuation.[4]

Ancient Mai made Temple Dog statues to assist the Wardens with security.[5][6]

Description Edit

According to Bob, a Temple Dog is the scion of a celestial being called a Foo Dog and a mortal canine. They are mostly sentinels. They keep an eye for dark spirits or dark energy, guard the people or places they’re supposed to and alert to dangers present. They are intelligent, very loyal, tough, and can seriously kick ass. They are not bullet proof; they can be killed like anything else.[5]

Their physical appearance is of a Tibetan Mastiff. (ref?)

In Proven Guilty, Charity Carpenter described Mouse as "a Caucasian", meaning Caucasian Shepherd Dog. (ref?)

Abilities Edit

BARK: Their Bark has spiritual power. It can be heard 50–60mi away. The bark goes into Nevernever, driving away noncorporeal entities.[5]

TEETH: Temple Dogs can sink their teeth into entities that are spirits.[5]


  1. Blood Rites, ch. 1
  2. Blood Rites, ch. 2
  3. Blood Rites, ch. 42
  4. White Night, ch. 12
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 White Night, ch. 14
  6. Turn Coat, ch. 14

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