This seems about right to me, though I don’t know about the humble part. I like whippets.
I’m slowly but surly reading The Golden Compass right now, the book that is the basis of the movie site linked above, and the site that is the basis of this blog-like space. This sort of fantasy is not usually my reading cup of tea, but it is extremely well-written and interesting. I just hope they don’t screw it up in the movie too badly.