Shag

BLACK DOG of central England.

Etymology: Probably from its shaggy coat.

Variant name: Shag foal. Physical description: Large, black, mastifflike dog. Glowing eyes. Luminous breath. Behavior: Lives in a pit. Distribution: Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. Significant sighting: In 1806, a man was walking by Scholar's Bridge near Sapcote, Leicestershire, when a "shagged dog" flew by him and brushed his right shoulder.

Sources: John Nichols, The History and Antiquities ofthe County of Leicestershire (London: John Nichols, 1795-1815); Eric Swift, Folktales ofthe East Midlands (London: Thomas Nelson, 1954).

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