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The Mystical Greyhound

Updated on March 11, 2013

Zephyr's Got his Lucky Mojo

Why is it that we pay so much attention to the mysterious and mystical cat in ancient Egypt and elsewhere, and less attention to our beloved canine friends? Well, it's time to pay equal homage to our dogs, if for no other reason than they have been depicted as symbols of divine gods, sacred animals, and domesticated friends since the beginning of time.  In much of the art in antiquity, dogs are depicted in numerous roles and are often dressed in collars and various fashions of the day. Here, Zephyr presents an introduction to his heritage and the role the greyhound played in ancient Egypt. Zephyr's zany fashion picks and favorite fashion mojo follow.

Anubis Floats Down the Thames in all his Glory

A giant, fiberglass statue of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the dead floats down the Thames in London Monday. Check out the gold headdress and mini skirt here.

ANUBIS, the Jackel-Headed God

Ah, Anubis, the jackal-headed god of ancient Egypt....sure bears a striking resemblance to someone I know when dressed in his Friday the 13th finest...

Anubis was often depicted as a black jackal-headed man or dog. He was the guardian of the cemetaries. Because jackals could be seen hanging around the cemetaries, the ancient Egyptians began to believe in a connection between animals and the dead. Other dogs were also associated with this god (thank Tutankamun...I would have hated to have to break THAT news to Zephyr) and domesticated dogs were often buried as sacred animals in the catacombs.

Anubis or Zephyr? That is the Question...

Here Zephyr strikes a pose as the god of his ancestry.

Zephyr or Anubis?

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Pampered Pooches

Pet Fashion week offers style for pampered pooches.

Puppy Pajamas!

Attacking the Nubians

This is a picture of a painted sandal box found in King Tutankamun's tomb by archeologist Howard Carter. Check out the size of these dogs! In ancient Egyptian art, the size of a figure is an indication of its importance in relation to the subject of the painting. Here, it is hard to tell whether or not the size of the dogs are meant to be in proportion to their master, the king, or their enemies, the Nubians. If they were meant to be in proportion to the king, then they are greyhounds (okay, they could be salukis). On the other hand, if they were drawn to be in proportion to the Nubians, then they are a very dangerous breed of dog, indeed (definitely not related to Zephyr, although he will have you believe otherwise judging from the next picture).

Photo from "Egypt, the World of the Pharoahs".

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Zephyr Grows a New Set of Huevos

Here, Zephyr is expressing the attitude of his fierce ancestry, pretending that his surrogate mom Pepper is a Nubian.

Give Zephyr a Cyberbone if you Like What He's got to Say!

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      cannedguds lm 9 years ago

      Leave the cats to the Egyptians and let the whole world tell everyone that dogs are truly man's best friend! I own a very cute Maltese and I adore her very much! I even have the chance to put her cute pics on my personalized Maltese checks ! thanks for sharing this awesome lens of yours! Viva doggie...to the bone!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      my IG, Luce is obviously missing out on something. it's time he joined zephyr and pointed his paw at all things good and more for IG's the world over.Luce lives in Noosa, Australia.

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      psychfaerie 10 years ago

      Fine IG you have there!

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      Bohememama 11 years ago

      good question. most dogs are far superior to most humans, if ya askin' me.