S. Dominic. Before the birth of S. Dominic, his mother,
Blessed Joanna dAza, dreamed that she had brought forth a
black-and-white dog carrying in his mouth a lighted torch. The dog with the
torch is accordingly the pictorial attribute of the Saint. Nor must the play
upon the name of his sons be forgotten - Dominicani, Domini canes, Hounds
of the Lord.