In the Greek myth “The Odyssey,” Homer writes that when a disguised Odysseus finally returns home after 20 years, his faithful dog Argos immediately recognized him by:
Tobias, Tobit's son in the apocryphal Book of Tobit, heads off to Medea (or Media) with these two traveling companions:
In the Chinese culture, statues of "fu lions" or "Buddha lions" often guard entrances to buildings and Buddhist temples because they bring fortune and protection. Several dog breeds were created to look like these "fu lion" statues. These "fu dogs" breeds include:
A Muslim teaching tale, or hadith, talks about a man who climbed down a well to quench his thirst. When he climbed out of the well and saw a dog quenching thirst by eating mud, the man:
In the Talmud, it is believed that the mark God gave Cain was actually:
The Old and New Testament sections of the Bible mention dogs over 30 times in different verses. In Proverbs 30:29-31 of the King James Version, the only dog breed mentioned is:
At the end of the Hindu book "The Mahabharata," a faithful and devoted dog is granted a place in Heaven because one man refused to leave him behind until the Hindu god Indra allowed it. Once the dog was granted access to heaven, the dog became Dharma and blessed the man. What is commonly believed about this Dharma?
Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is known as the “dog star” because it’s part of the Canis Major (“Great Dog”) constellation. In ancient Greek myths, Canis Major was:
To the ancient Egyptians, Sirius was also called the "Star of Isis" or "Nile Star" because once a year, the star would appear just before the sun rose in the sky. This signified the:
According to an Irish legend, a big gray dog appeared on several occasions to St. Patrick, including at the time of his death. The dog had a special marking on his chest in the shape of:
Which ancient Egyptian god had the body of a man and the head of a jackal?