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5 Dog Superstitions


October 13, 2012
steve

1. Most dogs are physically or behaviourally incapable of killing livestock.
2. Greeks thought dogs could foresee evil.
3. Dogs have always been credited with the power of sensing supernatural influences, and seeing ghosts, spirits, faeries or deities which are invisible to human eyes. In Wales only dogs could see the death-bringing hounds of Annwn; in ancient Greece the dogs were aware when Hecate was at a crossroads foretelling a death. Dogs are believed to be aware of the presence of ghosts, and their barking, whimpering or howling is often the first warning of supernatural occurrances.
4. When a dog howls in an otherwise silent night, it is said to be an omen of death, or at least of misfortune. 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. 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.
5. In Scotland, a strange dog coming to the house means a new friendship; in England, to meet a spotted or black and white dog on your way to a business appointment is lucky. Three white dogs seen together are considered lucky in some areas; black dogs are generally considered unlucky, especially if they cross a traveller’s path or follow someone and refuse to be driven away. Fishermen traditionally regard dogs as unlucky and will not take one out in a boat, or mention the word ‘dog’ whilst at sea.

Catgegory: Dog Facts
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10 Dogs Facts you Might Not Know!


October 9, 2012
steve

1. Puppies can’t control their bladders overnight until they are at least four months old. Until then, cover the floor around the puppy’s bed with newspapers.

2. Dogs are omnivorous. They need more than just meat to flourish.

3. People with more than one dog shouldn’t try to treat them all as equals. Because pack position is important to a dog, this only encourages jealousy games.

4. Dogs chew up your underwear because it smells like you.

5. One in every three US families owns one or more dogs.

6. A one-year-old dog is physically as mature as a 15 year-old human.

7. Dogs’ internal clocks are really magnificent. They know when it’s time for you to arrive home, feed them, or go to bed if you are normally on a schedule.

8. Brush your dog 3 times a week in the spring, and you’ll have a summer free from shedding.

9. When teaching a puppy to come, begin by getting down to his level so he will not be encouraged to jump up on you.

10. If your dog reacts anti-socially toward visitors, put her in another room until she calms down. When you let her out, ignore her. This forces your dog to go to the visitors for social activity.

Catgegory: Dog Facts

Famous Poets on Dogs


October 8, 2012
steve

Dog Poetry

Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog

Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who
possessed Beauty without Vanity,

Strength without Insolence,

Courage without Ferocity,
and all the Virtues of Man,

without his Vices.

This Praise, which would be unmeaning
Flattery if inscribed over human
ashes is but a just tribute to the Memory
of Boatswain,a Dog.

Lord Byron

 

Epitaph to a Dog

 

    His friends he loved. His fellest earthly foes–
    Cats–I believe he did but feign to hate.
    My hand will miss the insinuated nose,
    Mine eyes that tail that wagged contempt at Fate.

    Sir William Watson

Catgegory: Dog Poems