Hairy Jack

Black Dog of central England.

Physical description: Black, shaggy dog. Long tail.

Behavior: Sometimes becomes invisible and is only felt. Accompanies people walking by themselves.

Distribution: Lincolnshire, especially near Willoughton.

Significant sighting: In 1933, a Willoughton man was pushed up against his gatepost by what seemed to be a large but unseen dog that placed its paws on his shoulders.

Sources: Ethel H. Rudkin, "The Black Dog," Folklore 49 (1938): 111-131; Katharine M. Briggs, A Dictionary of Fairies (London: Allen Lane, 1976), p. 216; K. Miller, "The Black Dog and Other Canine Apparitions in Lincolnshire," in N. Field and A. White, eds., A Prospect of Lincolnshire: Collected Articles in Honour ofE. H. Rudkin (Lincoln, England, 1984).

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