Are you the kind of person who knocks on wood or jumps over cracks in the sidewalk?
Some of the kookiest superstitions out there have to do with our favorite four legged friends.
See how many of these you know—the answer may surprise you!
1. A howling dog is a death omen
A howling dog outside the house of a sick person was once thought to be an omen that they would die, especially if the dog was driven away and returned to howl again.
2. A dog bite can impregnate a woman with puppies
In India, there’s a belief that getting bitten by a dog will impregnate a human with puppies, who will give the human host rabies.
3. A walking dog portends a break-up
It’s been said that a dog walking between a courting couple indicates a quarrel will soon take place or the wedding may cancelled.
4. Dogs see dead people
A dog who stares or growls at nothing is seeing a ghost. If you look between his ears you just might see the ghost, too.
5. Meet a stray dog and get good luck
In Scotland, there’s a belief that it’s good luck for a strange dog to follow you home—extra good luck if it’s a black dog.
6. Strange dog guests predict new friendship
When a strange dog enters your house, it’s a symbol of a new friendship.
7. Dog under the table? There’s a storm a’comin’
If a dog retreats under a table or into a corner, bad weather is coming.
8. Dogs protect us against evil spirits
Keep a dog guarding the bedside of a sick or dying person to protect them from evil spirits.
9. Dog poop = good luck
In French tradition, if you step in dog poop with your left foot, good luck will surely follow.