Dog legends and ancient canine mythological folklores. Pets tales and historic stories with Cerberus, Chinese Fu the Irish Wolfhound and others.
Dog Legends
Cerberus, Guard dog of Hades
 Most sources agree that Cerberus had three heads. The center head was in the shape of a lion, while the other two were in the shape of a dog and a wolf, respectively. He also had a dragon's tail and a thick mane of writhing snakes.

  Cerberus was the watchdog of hell. Chained to the gates of Acheron, harassing the spirits entering Hades and devouring those who tried to escape. Cerberus has been used many times in various movies over the years.

Chinese Fu Dog
 It is in the most sophisticated and earliest of civilization, China, that the black dog plays its greatest role in religion, folklore, and mythology. The "Fu Dog", a recurring theme in

Chinese culture, has the positive attribute of bringing happiness and good fortune. A great deal of the dog's early domestication took place in ancient China. It is here, too, that the first pack-hunting dogs were bred.

The Irish Wolfhound
 The beginnings of Irish Wolfhounds can be traced back as early as 273 B.C. through ancient woodcuts and writings. Ownership of these great hounds were

emperors, kings, nobility and poets; their chains and collars were often of precious metals and stones. They were held in such high esteem that when disputes arose over them, not only individual combats but full scale wars often occurred. By the year 391 A.D., the breed was known in Rome, when the first authentic mention of it was written by the Roman Consul Quintus Aurelius, who had received seven of them as a gift which "all Rome viewed with wonder."

The Howling Dog
 Perhaps the most powerful universal belief associated with dogs is that they possess the ability of second sight. It is said that a dog can see apparitions and sense if death is imminent. This may be because we now know that the dog can sense chemical changes in the air, and it is known that the human body undergoes such changes close to death. Evidence abounds that supports this with dogs howling when the owner is ill. It is understandable then that to hear a dog howling has long been considered to be a death omen, and the same is said to be true if the dog howls by an open door. The actual moment of death was thought to be marked by a dog howling three times and then ceasing. A barking dog too was usually a sign of misfortune if  heard first thing in the morning.

Reindeer Dog of Norway
 A long, long time ago a couple of dogs sat on a hill chitchatting and watching humans who were desperately trying to gather up a herd of reindeer. Having looked at the idle yelling and running around for a while, the dogs decided: "We could do that better". And so did the reindeer herdsmen get an irreplaceable helper, a dog who himself wanted to help.

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