We Love Betty, the Chihuahua, on Will Trent

You can watch Betty, the Chihuahua, on the new Will Trent drama on ABC, Tuesday nights.

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Betty the Chihuahua, played by Bluebell and trained by April Mackin, is part of the amazing Will Trent cast along with Ramón Rodríguez, Erika Christensen, Iantha Richardson, Jake McLaughlin and Sonja Sohn. ©ABC Television Network

When I saw the commercials for the new Will Trent TV show, I got excited because of the Chihuahua he was holding. Dog + mystery + drama = good in my view. However, when I realized it was the Will Trent of the Will Trent series of books by Karin Slaughter, I became apprehensive. I’m not a fan of turning books I love into movies or television series as the results are usually disappointing.

I watched the first episode and I liked it — particularly Betty the Chihuahua. Betty the dog is introduced in the first Will Trent book, Triptych. If you are a big dog lover and can’t wait to read the series to get even more of Betty, let me warn you: There’s not much Betty in the book series. Honestly, I had even forgotten he had a Chihuahua, and I am a hard-core dog lover. This is because the books focus on Will and the investigations, which can be mind-blowing, and not so much of when he’s home with Betty. Will is a special agent of the Bureau of Investigations, investigating the worst of the worst, and he’s pretty fascinating on his own — grew up in a foster home where he was horribly abused, has dyslexia and the ability to notice things others don’t.

I absolutely love that the TV series embraces Betty. You are introduced to the adorable Chihuahua right away at the beginning of the Pilot. In Episode 2, Betty pretty much steals the scenes at the end of the episode — her cuteness bursting into overload as she watches Will paint a ceiling. Dog lovers do need to remember that Will is not a dog lover and doesn’t know anything about dogs and isn’t even good at human relations, so you’ve got to give him some slack. I’m hoping the dog walker we meet in Episode 2 I’m a Pretty Observant Guy becomes a regular character.

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Chihuahua Betty is a scene stealer right from the start in the new Will Trent series on ABC. ©ABC Television Network

In real life, Betty is played by Bluebell, the Chihuahua. Her trainer is April Mackin, who you can follow on Twitter here, to see more of the cute Bell.

If you’re a fan of the series, there are a lot of deviations, particularly with the character of Angie Polaski. However, author Karin Slaughter told reporters that the “book is the book and the show is the show” when questioned about these deviations from the book. It had been many years since I read the first book, so I went back and read Triptych, published in 2006. Will and the other series’ characters change a lot from book 1 through the latest book, The Silent Wife, and I had forgotten what it was like in the beginning where the television series begins. Karin Slaughter believes in complicated characters.

Just a note that the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, which focuses on Sara Linton and Lena Adams, who later show up in the Will Trent books and I believe will be added to the TV series, start with Blindsighted, published in 2001. You don’t need to read those books first but you may want to in order to avoid spoilers. Sara is a dog lover and has a couple of dogs, so I look forward to them joining the cast too.

Watch Will Trent on ABC on Tuesdays at 10pm EST. Check out the episode order of Will Trent the TV series here. Check out the Will Trent book series by Karin Slaughter in order here.

6 thoughts on “We Love Betty, the Chihuahua, on <em>Will Trent</em>”

  1. Saw the chihuahua on a Facebook post and immediately wanted to watch but no uk air date 😞 Will definitely get the first book thanks to your article. Really hope show gets shown in the UK, give Billy as Kafka the chihuahua in Professor T some competition 😆

  2. Just want to say I like the show but it needs more Betty! She’s an obvious huge star! The rest of the cast is great and really likable but Betty is the biggest draw.

  3. Loved the show. But seems to be moving around now next week won't be on till Feb 14
    I hope I d8.iss it, the way the network keeps moving date night.

  4. I want to share this article in social media but there is not an icon to do that. 🤷🏼‍♀️. Any thoughts.

    1. Hi April,
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