When I first started learning about the White German Shepherd Dog breed, a friend of mine who had two told me that they’re funny dogs to have because very superstitious people shy away from them. When asked why, she told me “White dogs are how hellhounds are described in legends, so people associate them with hell and death.”
It’s good knowing that your dog is associated with the warm and fuzzies, right?
With Halloween tomorrow (do we have photos in costumes? Why yes, we do), this idea and superstition came back to mind. I’ve scoured the internet looking for such a tale, but have yet to find that specific one. Still, I have found a lot of superstitions surrounding dogs in general. Here are a few for you to enjoy:
- The Greeks believed that dogs could foresee evil. (source)
- Have a dog lick your newborn baby–If so, they will be a fast healer. If not, a slow healer. (source)
- A dog howling in the night is an ominous thing–It means sickness or death to a loved one. (source)
- A dog eating grass is a prediction for rain. (source)
- When a dog growls at what is seemingly nothing, they’re actually growling at a ghost. (source)
- If you scratch a dog’s head before a job interview or job hunting you will get the job or a good job. (source)
- A large black dog is either a servant of the devil or a sign of death (Source: My grandpa, plus thousands of books and movies, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for those of you not acquainted with b-rated movies or a lot of ghost stories.