Sushi Dogs derive from a powerful ancestor known as The Great Soosh, who is said to have long ago guarded over crops and helped feed villagers living in a secluded place on earth called Sanctuary.
Sanctuary was originally a humble village, home to only humans. Surrounded by dense forest and mountainous scapes, living there was fairly safe, provided one didn't wander off too far into the woods. Yet, despite having no outside threats, the villagers lived in what would be considered poverty. Rainfall was scarce and growing anything edible was difficult. No outside help was available since Sanctuary was geographically untraceable.
Sanctuarians respected all forms of life, and avoided killing at all costs. However, the dire starvation drove them to begin hunting the beasts that roamed the surrounding land. These beasts were magnificent and beautiful, big and small. To take their lives caused the villagers a tremendous amount of pain. Humans and beasts had always respected each other.
After many desperate seasons of hunting, many of the species that lived near Sanctuary were completely wiped out. One of these being a mystical canid species with an appearance similar to a fox or small spitz dog. These canids were said to be able to live for an extraordinarily long time due to their magical tendencies, provided they were not killed by a predator or natural disaster.
All of these canids were believed to have been hunted...however, a single one remained. He had managed to evade being hunted by remaining hidden. Unfortunately, the rest of his kind had not been so lucky, as the amount of human hunters greatly outnumbered the canids.
This canid in particular, now known as The Great Soosh, was able to feel a vast range of emotions, and bore a profound sense of human understanding that is not typical of beasts. He observed the humans' struggle to feed themselves and their children. Despite having his kin wiped out by these folk, The Great Soosh could not help but empathize with the villagers' loss. He knew that their actions against his species was not done out of sport, but rather, out of desperation.
The Great Soosh felt as though his life had been spared for a reason. Knowing that he was the last there would ever be of his kind, he put to heart the desire to bring life to those still on this Earth. What better way to do this, he thought to himself, than to help out the humans who were forced to wipe out his kind?
During the night, when the villagers of Sanctuary were fast asleep, The Great Soosh sneaked out into the fields. He used his magic to bless the seeds in the ground, as well as the livestock in the barns. His magic sped up cell reproduction, causing plants to sprout quickly and hasten milk production in mammals. Before the sun rose, The Great Soosh would run back into the neighboring forest and observe. The villagers were shocked to find that their crops were growing, and sobbed with joy knowing that their children wouldn't go hungry. And even greater, they would no longer have to kill for food.
The Great Soosh continued this for many seasons. Every time, the villagers were left confused yet grateful. They suspected that they were being blessed by a greater power, and were determined to figure out who was responsible for blessing their crops. However, not wanting any special attention, The Great Soosh never showed his face to the villagers. One young child claimed to have seen a "ghost dog" standing out in the field one night -- but no one ever truly figured out that their savior was one of the last remaining beasts of the land.
The Creation of Sushi Dogs
A long time later, the villagers of Sanctuary decided that it would ultimately be better for them to migrate to a more fertile area. They would never forget their savior's help, however, and constructed a small bell shrine in his honor. The Great Soosh was happy to see the humans seek out a better life.
However, The Great Soosh ultimately knew that the world was filled with sadness and hardships that extended far beyond Sanctuary. Being one creature, there was no way that The Great Soosh could possibly help everyone...yet, he was determined to anyways. Using a tremendous amount of magic, The Great Soosh divided pieces of his spirit to create smaller, less-powerful canid spirits to help him out. These tiny canids spread all over the world, taking on the appearances of specific food and drink that The Great Soosh had designated to them. Each small canid donned a white-swirled bandana, reminiscent of the one wrapped around The Great Soosh's neck.
The Great Soosh watched as his children spread out into the world, seeking ways to help other living beings in any way they could. For some, this meant using their magic powers to spawn small amounts of food. Others were granted powers such as igniting fires, which could be used to help keep humans and animals warm or to cook food.
The Great Soosh's tiny offspring are called Sooshes, in honor of their creator! Once Sooshes began integrating into the human world, people began to lovingly call them Sushi Dogs out of familiarity, due to their very tiny size (similar to that of a sushi roll!).
Today, Sushi Dogs act as the traditional helpful spirits that they have always been. They each have small amounts of magic power that they can use to bring small joys to humans and creatures alike! They can choose to live among humans and help them out, or roam the wild and explore.
The Great Soosh still lives, and watches over his children. He continuously creates new Sushi Dogs to bring as much happiness into the world as possible.