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Monday, September 19, 2011

42 Superstitions About Dogs

  1. Being followed by a strange dog - bad luck (especially black dogs).
  2. Alternatively, being followed home by a strange dog might indicate good luck.
  3. A dog walking between a courting couple indicates a quarrel will soon take place.
  4. Black dogs are generally considered unlucky, especially if they cross a traveller's path or follow someone and refuse to be driven away.
  5. To meet a dog with her whelps was considered in the highest degree unlucky.
  6. It is good luck for dogs to come to your house.
  7. A strange dog coming to the house means a new friendship.
  8. Meeting a dog - good luck (especially Dalmatians).
  9. To meet a spotted or black and white dog on your way to a business appointment is lucky.
  10. Three white dogs seen together are considered lucky.
  11. If a dog does not like a man, it is a sign the man has a bad character.
  12. A greyhound with a white spot on its forehead - good fortune.
  13. A home where a well cared for, happy greyhound lives will never be haunted by malicious spirits.
  14. When a dog is staring intently, at nothing, for no apparent reason, look between the dog's ears and you'll see a ghost.
  15. A dog with seven toes can see ghosts.
  16. The ancient Greeks thought dogs could foresee evil.
  17. Howling dogs mean the wind god has summoned death, and the spirits of the dead will be taken.
  18. A dog howling at night is a sign of bad Iuck.
  19. A dog howling for no reason means unseen spirits.
  20. Dogs howling at a crossroads mean the goddess Hecate is near.
  21. A howling dog outside the house of a sick person was once thought to be an omen that they would die, especially if the dog was driven away and returned to howl again.
  22. The howling of a dog four times while under the front porch - harbinger of death.
  23. A dog howling three times means a death has occurred.
  24. A dog which gives a single howl, or three howls, and then falls silent is said to be marking a death that has just occurred nearby.
  25. If a dog howls at night, it is a sign of the death of a friend.
  26. If a dog sits and howls at the moon, it is a sign of death.
  27. The spectral black dog (barguest) - a harbinger of death.
  28. If a black dog appears in your car when you are driving alone, you are in danger of an accident.
  29. Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
  30. If you are sick, touch a piece of bread to your lips and then give it to your dog. You can detect how serious your condition is depending on whether the dog eats it or not. 
  31. From a elder South Dakota Lakota Sioux Indian: if a member of the tribe would get sick they would lay with a dog and the sickness would transfer from the tribal member into the dog.
  32. One old charm which was often used for childrens' illnesses was to take some of the patient's hairs and feed them to a dog in between slices of bread and butter; the ailment was believed to transfer to the animal, healing the patient.
  33. If you have your new-born baby licked by a dog, your baby will be a quick healer.
  34. If a dog eats grass, it is a sign he needs a tonic.
  35. A dog eating grass means it's going to rain.
  36. If a dog lies on its back, it is a sign of rain.
  37. A dog sitting with crossed fore-paws indicates rain.
  38. Give your dog a bath and it will rain for sure.
  39. Fishermen traditionally regard dogs as unlucky and will not take one out in a boat, or mention the word 'dog' whilst at sea.
  40. If the inside of a dog's mouth is black, it is a sign he is well-bred.
  41. To keep a new dog, measure its tail with a cornstalk and bury the latter under the front step.
  42. At one time a dog that had bitten someone was immediately destroyed to protect the person from rabies (even if the dog was healthy).
Collected from various sources
Art by: Ron Krajewski

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