The truth behind those doggy myths...
So today brings around a fun look at common canine misconceptions that are all too frequently cited as being 'fact' when in-fact they are nothing more than big hairy myths!
The myth that is about to be revealed is, for some reason still widely believed throughout the world. It is that of a 'Howling Dog'. A howling dog is supposed to be symbolic and predictive of the death of a sick person. Others believe it is indicative of evil approaching...let's hope it is just a superstition!
The second widely cited doggy myth is concerned with Fido's saliva! Yep you have guessed it, the age old notion that allowing pooch to lick your wound will prompt a much quicker recovery (yuk!!). No truth in it at all, on the contrary, imagine - if you will - some of Fidos more undesirable habits, that itch he simply had to scratch (with his teeth) for example. Now imagine said Fido 'grooming' your open wound...antibiotics anyone!!
One for the Scots now...it is said (in Scotland) that if a stray dog should enter your dwelling than a truly marvelous, close and life changing friendship will very soon begin.... 'Hear doggy, hear doggy...!'.
It is widely believed that dogs have been credited with the ability to sense supernatural influences, that they are able to see ghosts (invisible to human eyes) - their barking and whimpering is often thought to be a sign of supernatural presence. it is also said that dogs can somehow sense the 'badness' in certain humans simply by looking at their eyes.
The entire above are of course superstition, passed down through the ages, however just because that's what they are, does it really mean they are not true? Is it not more accurate to state that there is simply no quantifiable evidence to back up such claims?
Check out Petside's article on 'Black Cat Myths!
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