Daisy

Doglike Entity of Cornwall, England.

Etymology: From the cross-shaped plot of daisies on t he dog's grave.

Physical description: Size of a cat. Laughing face. Pug nose. Feat hery ears. Plumed t ail draped over on it s back.

Behavior: Its bite is said to be fatal. Distribution: Cornwall. Significant sighting: Much feared by Cornish fishermen in t he ninet eent h cent ury and perhaps earlier.

Possible explanation: Said to be the ghosts of Pekinese dogs t hat were sent by t he Chinese emperor t o Queen Elizabet h I in t he lat e six-t eent h cent ury. The dog's keeper, a Chinese princess, was killed by mut inous sailors, and t he dogs were t hrown overboard. The bodies were lat er found and buried. No record of t his event exist s out side of folklore. However, t he similar-it y of t he Daisy dog to t he real Pekinese (a breed t hat did not officially reach England unt il Oct ober 1860) is remarkable.

Sources: Rut h L. Tongue, Forgotten Folk Tales of the English Counties (London: Rout ledge and Kegan Paul, 1970); Karl Shuker, Extraordinary Animals Worldwide (London: Robert Hale, 1991), pp. 49-53.

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