Some time in the past month or two I read a blog post about novelists being unable to resist including a line about a dog barking in the distance. I searched high and low for that post but at first all I could find was this article, which must have been where the idea originated.
Right now my son is reading one of the "Stink" books. He stopped reading for a minute and caught my attention. "Hey, mommy, listen to this. It says, 'All ears were listening. Not even a dog barked.' Isn't that funny? 'Cuz you know how whenever it gets real quiet in a book they always say a dog barked in the distance." Too funny that a ten-year-old has already picked up on that same thing . . . he just didn't understand why I laughed so hard when he told me.
Thanks to Lisa at bibliophiliac, I can now share with you that I originally read this when Pete Karnas wrote about it on What You Read. A literary amnesiac is always thankful to be surrounded by people with good memories.