Description: When a dog howls, death is near; dogs can detect evil.
Origin: Ancient, possibly Greek
The Greeks thought dogs could see evil, and a three-headed dog Cerberus guarded the land of the dead. In Wales, only dogs could see the death-bringing hounds of Annwn, who were a bad lot. It was said that if a dog stared intently at nothing, you could see a ghost by sighting between its ears. A dog that uttered a single howl and then fell silent was announcing a death nearby.
In Scotland, a strange dog coming to the house means a new friendship. In England, it is lucky to meet a spotted dog on your way to work.
Cerberus Three Headed Dog
Cerberpuss - the less dangerous
Three Headed pussy cat
Note: These superstitions
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