By Julie DiNisio
Dogs are seldom portrayed as anything but loyal, affable, and pleasant. But residents of the British Isles have argued that their sightings of the declared Black Dogs have been terror-inducing. These alleged creatures are about the size of a calf and have shaggy black fur and red eyes. Despite their enormous paws, they leave no tracks and are usually sighted at night on deserted roads and in other lonely places. Allegedly, they guard sacred places and treasure.
Though they are also known as Hellhounds, the Black Dogs do not always mean harm. Word has it that if you don't harm them, they won't harm you. In some cases, they have even purportedly helped lost travelers. But if you find yourself in a position to see a Black Dog, your best bet is to find a descendant of Ean MacEndroe, a man who gained immunity from the Dogs by rescuing a fairy. Better safe than sorry, after all.