- Alternate Character Interpretation: Plenty for Bligh, particularly in the earlier chapters. Reaction to his character and his actions were sharply divided when the story was first posted.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: There's...a lot to take in with these books.
- Author's Saving Throw: At the time that the first seven or eight chapters started appearing, reaction to Bligh's seduction and corruption of Cody as a way to get to Andrew was near-overwhelmingly negative even if people liked the character himself. Ever since then — and it's been like four years — the author has gone to great lengths to make Bligh more sympathetic and his actions a little more justifiable.
- Really, this is how the collection The Dogs Before Time After more or less came about, starting with the spin-off story, "Maketh the Day Dark," which spelled out Bligh's motivations and gave him the needed sympathy Veidt thought he was due.
- Shocking Moments: The Reveal of Bligh as a half-dog, he's seducing Cody and turned him into a half-dog as well, and then him telling Cody his intention to establish a polyamorous relationship between the three of them.
- Unconventional Learning Experience: Once you get past all the sex, there's actually several good, true tidbits of Appalachian and Southern folklore in the books.
YMMV / The Dogs