More girls for the cast, a pair of dogs. They’re fairly rare where the story takes place, a former cat colony in tropical bird territory.
First is Brunhilde Vonnegut, sports and military aficionado. Having recently moved to San Tulio while her mother does security work, she can’t wait to move back to the Doberlands and join the army (even if she isn’t old enough).
Second is Barbie Dorset, or Bo for short. She says she’s a dog, but no-one can quite place what breed she might be. Her adoptive parents, a pair of immigrant biological scientists doing top secret work on an island off the coast, are probably the only ones who know.