The Valley-Westside War
Species: Mutated dog (genus Canis, species unknown)
Date of Death: 2097
Cause of Death: Shot by machine gun

Pots was a dog owned by Cal, head of the Westside City Council. It was a mutant German Sheppard about three quarters the size of a horse. Because of his size and strength, the entire Westside trusted that Pots would win the war against The Valley for them. However, in the first battle, Pots was killed when his armor proved to be no match for a Valley machine gun, crushing the nation's morale.[1]

Pots reminded the Mendozas of a warlike version of Clifford the Big Red Dog.[2]

Literary comment[]

Given Harry Turtledove's fondness for wordplay, Pots may be meant as an anagram of Spot, a common name for dogs.


  1. The Valley-Westside War, pgs. 31-32, hc.
  2. Ibid., pg. 32.