Beware the black dog!
From that unimpeachable source on everything under the sun, Wikipedia:
Black dogs are almost universally malevolent … Most are a portent of death, or are in some way associated with the Devil.
And from a Web site entitled “Apparitions Of Black Dogs”, at http://nli.northampton.ac.uk/ass/psych-staff/sjs/blackdog.htm:
Types of places associated with appearances of black dogs include: roads, crossroads, lanes, footpaths, bridges, gateways, doorways, staircases, boundaries, fields, hedges, green lanes…
Percipients may report that they suddenly become aware of a black dog trotting along beside them….
Coat: Shaggy or curly are terms often used, though glossy, smooth, gleaming, soft and bristly coats have also been reported
Teeth: Black dogs have been reported as having large long teeth and sometimes appear to be grinning at the percipient…
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