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Thank you very much! There's no canon beyond the painting linked at the top, although it was fun to try to make it feel like a part of a much bigger whole - like my distant memories of what reading The Neverending Story felt like. And I'm glad the dog in particular was appreciated! I'm a simple soul, I see a dog, I write about the dog. I'm sure she and the boy went on to have a fantastic journey! Maybe the real bildungsroman was the dogs we met along the way, hah.