It may not be Friday the 13th but we’ll still use it as an excuse to talk about dog superstitions, mythology and folklore!
Did you know that meeting a dog is good luck? Or, if you let a dog lick your new born baby, your baby will heal more quickly throughout his/her life? Don’t worry, theres at least eight more of these superstitions you need to know about.
10 Less Than Obvious Superstitions About Dogs
1. When your being followed pretty consistently by a strange dog, (especially a black dog) there is considerable bad luck to be had in your near future.
2. If your dog appears angry or defensive around some person for no apparent reason, steer clear. It’s a sign that that person has bad character.
3. Meeting a black and white spotted dog on the way to a business meeting is good luck! You might just close the deal!
4. A greyhound with a white spot on her forehead brings good fortune, wherever she may go.
5. A dog walking between a courting couple indicates a quarrel will soon take place. Proxemics sometimes says it all.
6. 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.
7. If you have your new-born baby licked by a dog, your baby will be a quick healer. You already new this one 😉
8. To keep a new dog, measure its tail with a cornstalk and bury the latter under the front step.
9. When a dog is staring intently, at nothing, for no apparent reason, look between the dog’s ears and you’ll see a ghost.
10. Meeting a dog is always good luck especially if you meet a Dalmatian.
Pulled from GypsyMagicSpells.blogspot
They say the only way to have a well behaved dog is to have a tired dog. At the Ranch our Dog Daycare keeps your pup physically and mentally stimulated. They’ll come home too tired to misbehave, or so the legend says.
More Serious History Of Dogs and Man
For thousands of years the close bond between man and dog has helped to solidify the veneration of the canine species in recorded history. Many of the superstitions about dogs that exist today were derived from mythology and world religions.
“Dogs and hounds are sacred and otherworldly in many cultures and prevalent in many myths, particularly those regarding the gods of the wild places. They are guardians of the way between; bounding through the forest on the hunt, they cross through the boundary between the worlds.” –Hemlock & Hawthorn
Dogs in World Religions
In the ancient Persian belief system of Zoroastrianism, dogs were sacred beings nearly equal to humans. A central component of the belief required that humans treat dogs with a degree of respect. Never give your dog a bad meal, take care of pregnant dogs as you would pregnant women, and never kill a dog for it will lead to eternal damnation.
In Hinduism, dogs are consider sacred in parts of Nepal and India. They are celebrated in a 5 day festival every year in November. During this celebration, dogs relieve the sacred red dot on their heads and paws.