On my gift list is The Purple Airedale ([link]
). Here's one of her favorite characters, Ruth Powers, defending her little Laura Powers from the bad guys...angry townspeople who want to pick on Ruth in The Simpsons world.
Ruth is featured in a Simpsons episode or two (voice by Pamela Reed). In one, she's in a Thelma and Louise story with Marge. In another, Bart romantically pursues her daughter (voiced by Sara Gilbert). Maybe it was the same episode.
PS: I got the idea from a kids book about pioneer days, with some caption like "Pioneer women knew how to shoot." Sorry I messed up the building and all, but we could blame a faulty rural contractor.