well being the lover of dogs that i am... and an absolutely freak when it comes to the legendary Black Dog... THAT thing gave me chills!! i know all about black dogs, demon dogs, hounds from hell, etc and so on... i've drawn a few of them for fun, looked at other artistic renditions of them... but none of them gave me chills like that. not even when the artists made them look as vicious and evil as possible.... nope. i was sitting here expecting to see more of the usual... maybe a blurry semi-visible form of a dog's body.. but that sucker doesnt look anything to me like a guardian of anything but pure evil.
And if you know the legends of black dogs you'll see where the "eyes as big saucers" comes from.. because the eyes of that thing are huge and penetrating, its also obviously a black and tan dog. and its mouth looks like its gaping open.. like a hound on the hunt - ever read about the "Wild hunt of the Ghost Hounds?" or the Horned King? about a legendary pack of hounds and their master, or a group of hunters lead by a horned king with a bugle.. different legends say they hunt a white stag or lost souls, or that the stag represents lost souls.
anyway There are a ton of stories to entertain yourself with you have a mind to... this one honestly creeps me out lol like i said.. i was expecting to see something lame or innocent looking like a smudge or lens flair in the shape of a dog.. not something as creepy as that... real or not.. it got my goat!