Boxers have motivated themselves by doing any number of odd things before a fight. Lou Nova, for instance, trained partly at the feet of a fakir called Oom the Omnipotent. But the strangest system yet has to be Muhammad Ali's. He has taken to warding off the terrible thrusts of guard dogs at his training camp in Deer Lake, Pa. This—and the cougar that comes next—he says will expurgate any fear that might be lurking somewhere in his subconscious. In his conscious, of course, is the gate he hopes to attract to his January rematch with Joe Frazier, first bout in what may become a memorable heavyweight year (page 80). The fun, as Ali's $2,000 German shepherd Shadow seems to know, has just begun.