Gods, ghosts and black dogs

The fascinating folklore and mythology of dogs

People tell stories about what they love, including dogs, and this book is a collection of such stories. Some are spooky, some funny, and some engage the mind in the same way that a detective story does. Starting with a look at the origins of folk tales involving dogs, you’ll find facts, history and humour aplenty from all around the world.


A rich collection of folklore, mythology and tall tales concerning dogs, providing a fascinating insight into the way we think about dogs, and our emotional bond with them.
Spooky, funny, sad and inspiring stories: some of which engage that part of our brain we use when reading detective stories; trying to figure out what's going to happen next ...
Gathered from all over the world, and from many different time periods, in these captivating tales meet historical figures such as George Washington and Davy Crockett, and mythical beings such as Paul Bunyan, the god Zeus and the hero Odysseus, and discover the role that dogs play. Learn how the Dalmatian got his spots, and why Basenjis don't bark; whether there are dogs in heaven, and if the devil might have a dog.
Facts, history, humour and mystery blend together in this enthralling collection of tales about man's best friend.


Does God have a dog? What about the devil?
Great heroes, like Odysseus and King Arthur, had great dogs
How are dogs associated with the Angel of Death?
Learn about the smartest dog in history
Demon dogs are black in England and white in Japan
How did a dog myth change modern psychotherapy?
Why do dogs chase cats?
Why do Dalmatians have spots? Why doesn't the Basenji bark?
Do we eat and drink because of dogs?
Are there dogs in heaven? Is there a canine saint?

About the author

Stanley Coren is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Although best known to the public for his extremely popular books on dogs, he is also a highly respected behavioural researcher, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was named as one of the 2000 outstanding scientists of the Twentieth Century. His many books on dog behaviour and human-canine interactions have been international bestsellers and have received many awards such as the Maxwell Medal of Excellence from The Dog Writers Association of America.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845849-71-9 • eV number: eHH4971 • Published: April 2016 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £7.49 / $8.99 / €9.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

HH4860 • Paperback • 22.5x15.2cm • £9.99 • 176 pages • 37 b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845848-60-6 • UPC: 6-36847-04860-0. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

Gods, ghosts and black dogs

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