Many hundreds of persons in the neighborhood of Burnley place implicit credence in the reality of the appearance of a death sign, locally termed [a] skriker. It has the appearance of a large black dog with long shaggy hair and, as the natives express it, "eyes as big as saucers." ... Should anyone be so courageous as to follow the appearance, it usually makes its retreat with its eyes fronting the pursuer, and either sinks into the earth with a strange noise, or is lost upon the slightest memory inattention. Many have attempted to strike it with any weapon they had at hand, but although the appearance stood its ground, no material substance could ever be detected.--Choice Notes from "Notes and Queries,", 1859
Feast Day of St. Gildas the Wise, a sixth-century monk revered as a protector against dog bites and rabies.
Creepy, man! Particularly since all the light bulbs in my office are burned out and I'm sitting in the dark. Auspicious start for the day!
EDIT: Oops! It's Friday, not Thursday ... this is yesterday's entry! The con messed up with my sense of time!