Cerberus, the watch-dog of the Underworld, best friend of Hades…
Rendering hell-dogs as cute fantasy creatures seems to miss the mythic point. On the other hand, attempting to illustrate viciousness ends up cliched or even comical. My Cerberus sits on the fence, the kind of cuteness you’d enjoy for an evening before setting off in the opposite direction… for now at least.
Hence, loathèd Melancholy, Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born, In Stygian cave forlorn, ‘Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights unholy.