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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Dog Suit  
  A disguise worn by an alien detective, allowing him to look just like a domestic canine.  

It's a little difficult to describe what is happening in Doorways in the Sand. It describes a near future in which contact has been made with a larger civilization encompassing many planets and races. Circumstances arise in which it becomes necessary for alien cops to keep an eye on certain people on earth - difficult, considering the fact that these aliens are not remotely human.

The scruffy-looking dog rose and came to my bedside.

"The Lon Chaney of the interstellar set" - I observed. "You make a lousy dog, Ragma."

He unsnapped several sections of his disguise and accepted the cigarette. I could not make out what he looked inside.

From Doorways in the Sand, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Harper Science Fiction in 1976
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My other favorite alien from this book is Dr. Mrmm'mrm'mlrr (pronounced just like it looks) who is a sentient (and telepathic) psychotherapist plant who practices assault therapy on his patients.

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