Mosaic Dog Returns


One of the world’s most famous dogs, the snarling, black-and-white mosaic canine and protector of the Pompeii archaeological site, has been restored and returned to the public eye in the archaeological remains of Pompeii.

With his black hair, curled form and bared teeth, the ancient canine has stood ready for almost 2,000 years to discourage intruders from setting foot in the Domus of the Tragic Poet, supported by the infamous inscription “Cave Canem,” or Beware of the Dog. Years of rain, mud, dirt and neglect were gradually cleaned away to bring him back to public viewing just in time for the dog days at the end of July.

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