In honor of Friday the 13th, let’s take a look at some common dog urban legends from around the world.
Greece has several superstitions regarding dogs. Grecians believe that dogs can foresee evil, according to an ancient legend, dogs were aware when Hecate was at a crossroads, foretelling a death. In Greece, dogs are also believed to be aware of the presence of ghosts, and their barking, whimpering, or howling is often the first warning of supernatural occurrences.
Native Americans believe that dogs are in-tune with and somehow connected to the moon because they howl at it, but some say when a dog howls and it’s the only sound in the night, it’s an omen of death. Native Americans also believe that if a howling dog is outside the house of a sick person, that person is not destined for long life thereafter. This is especially true (according to legend) if the howling dog is driven away and comes back to howl again. Now, if the dog does a single howl or three howls and then is silent it means a death has happened nearby. Native American tribes also believe it is the dog that leads the spirit to “the other side” after they pass on.
In Persia, dogs are stationed next to the bedside of a dying individual to keep away negative spirits.
In Scotland, they say that if a stray dog comes into your house, it means a new friendship will come into your life.
In England, they say that if you meet a spotted dog on your way to a business meeting, it’s a sign of good luck. It’s also believed to be a sign of good luck for business if you see three white dogs traveling together.
Lastly, according to fisherman tales, you don’t want to see a dog anywhere near your tackle box in any country, for a dog near a tackle box means a bad fishing trip.
Do you know of any dog-related urban legends? Leave your share of spookiness in the comments!