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black dog

symbol of the devil. [Rom. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 329]
See: Evil
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Then all of a sudden there was a tremendous explosion of oaths and other noises--the chair and table went over in a lump, a clash of steel followed, and then a cry of pain, and the next instant I saw Black Dog in full flight, and the captain hotly pursuing, both with drawn cutlasses, and the former streaming blood from the left shoulder.
Once out upon the road, Black Dog, in spite of his wound, showed a wonderful clean pair of heels and disappeared over the edge of the hill in half a minute.
There is no Black Dog here," said the doctor, "except what you have on your own back.
He only practices magic for the benefit of his own family," explained Bungle, who was keeping at a respectful distance from the little black dog.
The black dog came through the trees to get a better look at him and coughed that well-bred cough again.
But if it had not been for the black dog, he would have gone back.
When he was out of sight of the house and the black dog, he went into the woods on the other side of the way and emerged after an interval trimming a very tolerable cudgel with his pocket-knife.
In the present instance, the apprehension of impending evil was inspired by no less respectable a prophet than a large lean black dog, which, sitting upright, howled most piteously as the foremost riders left the gate, and presently afterwards, barking wildly, and jumping to and fro, seemed bent upon attaching itself to the party.
The little black dog, as light as a soap-bubble, jumps up on his hind legs to try to get into the swing.
Something passed her, all dressed in white, and vanished"--"A great black dog behind him"--"Three loud raps on the chamber door"--"A light in the churchyard just over his grave," &c.
I prefer black dogs but they are so much harder to photograph, a professional issue.
It's conventional wisdom among shelter workers: Black dogs wait longer to be adopted than dogs of other colors.