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...They Where The Footprints Of A Gigantic Hound

The Hellhound Speaks

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Barguestspirit is originally from the Sacramento, California area where she was born and raised. She now currently resides in the hot, dusty, cactus strewn desert city of Tucson, Arizona. Barguestspirit has a wide range of interests, and sometimes refers to herself in the third person.

What's a barguest?:Barguest is one of the many names given to phantom black dogs, who are seen most often throughout the UK, but also haunts most areas of the world including the USA. Phantom black dogs go by numerous names including; Barghest, Barguest, Barghaist, Barn-ghaist, Bargtjest, Shuck, Black Shuck, Old Shuck, Old Shock, Shucky dog, the Shug Monster, Skriker, Striker, Trash, Guytrash, Gwytrash, Gwyllgi, Gallytrot, Galley trot, Hairy Jack, Hooter, Padfoot, Grim, Scarfe, Muckle Black Tyke, Moddey Dhoo, Mauthe Dog, Yeth, Skeff, Choin Dubh, Gurt Dog, Cappel, Wish Hound, Cwn Annwn, Tchico, and Tchen Bodu.
The appearence of phantom black dogs can vary. Size can range from that of a normal medium sized dog, to very large bear-sized creatures. Their eyes are most often described as being red in color, and are said to glow or burn bright. However, green, yellow, white, blue, orange, and black eyes have been seen as well. Some are reported to appear headless, while others appear to float on a black cloud instead of running. Black dogs are usually silent, but some are known to make a splashing or thrashing sound as they walk, hence the name guytrash. Seeing a phantom black dog is said to be a bad omen, a sign that death draws near. Despite their malevolent appearence, phantom black dogs are harmless. Should you ever encounter one, have no fear! They will often lead lost people back to safty, and have been known to lead people away from danger.
Phantom Black Dogs feature prominently in literature. Read "The hound of the Baskervilles" by Conan Doyle, and "The prisoner of azkaban" by JK Rowling.

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