And this is the account of Zarathustra's interview with the fire-dog:
And another of these diseases is called "the fire-dog": concerning HIM men have greatly deceived themselves, and let themselves be deceived.
Now do I know how it is concerning the fire-dog; and likewise concerning all the spouting and subversive devils, of which not only old women are afraid.
"Up with thee, fire-dog, out of thy depth!" cried I, "and confess how deep that depth is!
Thus spake I before the fire-dog: then did he interrupt me sullenly, and asked: "Church?
When I had said this, the fire-dog acted as if mad with envy.
"Thou art angry, fire-dog: so I am in the right about thee!
And that I may also maintain the right, hear the story of another fire-dog; he speaketh actually out of the heart of the earth.
When the fire-dog heard this, he could no longer endure to listen to me.
The fireplaces are large and deep, with fierce crooked-looking fire-dogs
. There is constantly a rousing fire, and a huge pot over it, full of sauer-kraut and pork, to which the good woman of the house is always busy in attending.
I had got a couple of old fire-dogs
to keep the wood from the hearth, and it did me good to see the soot form on the back of the chimney which I had built, and I poked the fire with more right and more satisfaction than usual.