Far from “Ferocious”
The November/December 2013 “Worldwide” features a dog you describe as “ferocious” who, you say, is associated with the goddess of medicine and healing. To my untrained eyes, the dog’s “down” (not seated) position, the upturned mouth, the few (especially upper) teeth showing, prominent tongue, and even alert ears all suggest a happy dog, not a ferocious one.
As the spouse of an Alzheimer’s victim, I can attest to the healing power of a loving dog. It comes as no surprise to me to find dogs associated with a goddess of healing.