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#1 Jeff Belanger

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 09:56 AM

Dear Ghostvillagers,

160_macdougall.jpgIn 1901, Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Massachusetts, worked in a tuberculosis sanatorium. The devout Roman Catholic had a hunch: he believed that humans had a soul and that he could prove it. He hypothesized that if the soul is a real thing, it must be comprised of matter, and thus it has weight. If he could weigh people as they die, he should be able to record if there was a difference.

 

 

Dr. MacDougall approached his patients in their dying days and said that when they were in their last hours, he wanted to move them to a cot on a gurney attached to a sensitive scale system. This scale could measure to the gram. He found six patients who agreed to this rather unethical experiment, and MacDougall noted they lost an average of 21 grams at the time of death. You may recall the 2003 film 21 Grams that ran with this idea. The notion all comes from the work of Dr. MacDougall.

 

 

Here’s where it gets uglier. Dr. MacDougall needed a control group to prove his theory. So he euthanized dogs on the same system and saw that they lost no weight. So he determined that humans have a soul, and animals (or at least dogs…), do not.

 

 

Please don’t shoot the messenger! I agree the entire experiment was awful, and if you read further into the details, you’ll see the experiment was flawed even with the human test subjects. But no matter, the legend of 21 grams was born and still lives today.

 

 

But it got me thinking about animals and pets. There’s no question that our pets are family. Often they’re better than family. Pets don’t talk back, they’re grateful for us, and love us unconditionally. When they pass on, the heartbreak can be almost unbearable. We shouldn’t be surprised that animal ghosts are reported quite often. It doesn’t matter what Dr. MacDougall believed, people have their own experiences to draw from when it comes to animal spirits.

 

 

I recall interviewing a woman several years ago for one of my books. She was telling me that her beloved cat died early in December. As she and her husband put up their Christmas tree, they realized this was the first year in almost a decade that they could place ornaments on the bottom branches because they no longer had a cat to bat them off. As they stood back to admire their tree with a mix of emotions, her jaw dropped as she watched an unseen force knock some of the low-hanging decorations from the bottom of the tree. Her response was both tears and laughter. She and her husband knew their cat’s spirit was paying them a visit.

 

 

There are countless other examples of animal spirits both in the home and in the wild. People have seen invisible paw prints pressing into a bedspread, folks have heard horse hooves clomping along outside, though no animal is anywhere to be seen, and I’ve heard reports of people feeling something soft and furry rubbing against their lower legs as they walk through certain haunts. The reports are endless, and they lead me to believe that something is going on.

 

 

This month we’re going to delve into animal ghost stories a little deeper in our message board of the month.

 

 

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 12:20 PM

The topic of animal spirits is of great interest to me. Probably because the only ghost I've ever seen was a ghost cat!

 

Over the years, my husband Gary and I have lived in a number of places in the US. At the time I saw the ghost cat, we were renting an apartment on the second floor in an old building in Chicago. The night the ghost cat appeared, Gary was working late and I was home alone with my dog Sweetie.

 

In that apartment, the living room could only be reached by passing through the dining room. If you were looking into the living room from the dining room, you would see a couch and overstuffed chair against a wall to the left and a television on a stand against a wall to the right. There was a coffee table in front of the couch and chair. The coffee table was quite large and made of wood. It stood on legs that created about 6 inches of space under it.  

 

It was later in the evening, but well before bedtime, and I was watching television from the overstuffed chair. Sweetie was curled up in a ball and asleep on the couch. As I was staring at the television, it was movement on the floor that caught my eye and caused me to glance down. Something was walking from the direction of the dining room into the living room. It passed between the television and the coffee table. From where I was sitting on the chair, I actually only saw the upper part of its head, the line of its back and the upright bushy tail as the coffee table blocked the bottom part of the animal from my view. It was a defined shape but the coloring was white and hazy, like a fog. There were no definite facial features such as eyes, nose or whiskers that I could see . Although I couldn't see the lower part of the ghost, the overall impression from the size, tail appearance and movement was of a cat.  It angled toward the coffee table as it moved into the room and disappeared completely from my view as it walked under the coffee table. Based on the speed it was moving and the distance it covered, I estimate I had about five seconds that it was actually in my view. But it felt like a long five seconds!  Everything seemed to just stop and I didn't even hear the sound of the television anymore.

 

I was frozen in surprise after seeing the ghost cat.  Despite my not making any sound or movement, Sweetie suddenly woke up and raised her head.  She looked down at the floor that was between the couch and the coffee table and stared with her ears perked up for several seconds.  I looked as well but could see nothing there.  She then turned her head to look at me for several seconds before turning her head back to stare down at the same spot on the floor between the couch and coffee table.  She then turned her head one more time to look at me.  Making sure I had eye contact with Sweetie, I said very quietly to her, "Yes, I saw it too."  She seemed to accept this reassurance from me because she then laid her head down and went back to sleep.

 

I have always suspected it was the ghost of my own cat Ritty (shortened from Rascal Kitty) that I saw that night. But if it was Ritty that I saw, her ghost must have moved with us. Ritty passed at the age of 20 years before we moved to Chicago.

 

When Gary came home later that night I told him what I had seen. He didn't believe that it was a ghost cat. He gave me dozens of possible explanations that he said would account for what I "thought" I saw.  If it were not for the way Sweetie acted, I might have eventually been convinced I dreamed it.  

 

We have since moved on from Chicago to other locales. I have never saw the ghost cat again. But, I sometimes catch movement near the floor level out of the corner of my eye and I think to myself "That little Ritty is still with me."  It is a comfort.

 

My dear Sweetie has since passed and I miss her terribly. But the ghost cat experience continues to reassure me that the ones we love, including our pets, are never really gone.  Maybe the next ghost I see will be a dog!



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Posted 24 July 2015 - 01:31 AM

The most famous one I know is the Demon Cat......

 

 

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The Phantom Black Cat of Washington

This week seemed an apt time to ponder our nation’s political ghosts. We all know Abraham Lincoln haunts the White House along with Andrew Jackson and a host of first ladies, Woodrow Wilson is seen in a rocking chair at Blair House, and a great many ghosts are associated with the other federal government buildings in Washington. But one ghost is known to be seen in at least two places always heralding disaster for the nation.

It is the Phantom black cat. Seen in the basements of the White House, the mall and the Capitol, DC as it is called (short for Demon Cat) is reported to appear just before national disasters. When seen, it is sometimes reported to appear as a kitten, but as you get closer it grows into a menacing and angry tiger-like animal with red glowing eyes. It is only seen at night, and normally only by people that are alone. It made an appearance before the stock market crash of 1929, and again before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At the White House, it is usually seen during times – such as now – when the presidency is moving to a new person.

The origin of the story may lie with the fact that the capitol was once infested with rats. The problem became so severe, that caretakers released a large number of cats in the building to control the rat population. Ever since, the black cat has made his appearance. Guards fear even talking about seeing the animal, mainly as it might cause them to lose their security clearance, but stories abound from retired federal employees.

Personally I wish they’d tell us whenever it is seen. Whether a concocted urban legend or a legitimate paranormal phenomena, DC remains a fascinating and little-known phantom that remains unique in its ability to appear in multiple different places, always before a disaster. If it really does exist, more information would be quite welcome.


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 07:19 PM

There are also the Black Dogs of Europe......

 

From Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia...ack_dog_(ghost)

 

 

 

A black dog is the name given to a being found primarily in the folklores of the British Isles. The black dog is essentially a nocturnal apparition, often said to be associated with the Devil or a Hellhound. Its appearance was regarded as a portent of death. It is generally supposed to be larger than a normal dog, and often has large, glowing eyes.[1] It is often associated with electrical storms (such as Black Shuck's appearance at Bungay, Suffolk),[2] and also with crossroads, places of execution and ancient pathways.[1][3][4]

The origins of the black dog are difficult to discern. It is impossible to ascertain whether the creature originated in the Celtic or Germanic elements in British culture. Throughout European mythology, dogs have been associated with death. Examples of this are the Cŵn Annwn,[5]Garmr[6] and Cerberus,[7] all of whom were in some way guardians of the underworld. This association seems to be due to the scavenging habits of dogs.[8] It is possible that the black dog is a survival of these beliefs. Black dogs are almost universally regarded as malevolent, and a few (such as the Barghest) are said to be directly harmful. Some, however, like the Gurt Dog in Somerset and the Black Dog of the Hanging Hills in Connecticut, are said to behave benevolently.

Some of the better-known black dogs are the Barghest of Yorkshire and Black Shuck of East Anglia. Various other forms are recorded in folklore in Britain and elsewhere. Other names are Hairy Jack,[9] Skriker, Padfoot,[9] Churchyard Beast, Shug Monkey, Cu Sith, Galleytrot, Capelthwaite, Mauthe Doog, Hateful Thing, Swooning Shadow, Bogey Beast (Lancashire), Gytrash, Gurt Dog, Oude Rode Ogen, Tibicena (Canary Islands) and Dip (Catalonia). Although a Grim is not a barghest, a Church or Fairy Grim can also take the form of a big black dog.[10]


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Posted 30 July 2015 - 06:47 PM

More on the Black Dogs:

 

Black Dogs: Guardians of the corpse ways
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Posted 31 July 2015 - 05:54 PM

The animal spirit experience I can recall best is the one two of my coworkers and I had before the renovation at my old job. It was around the middle of January,  we'd finished up cleaning, they'd brought their vehicles around and we were sitting in the office, waiting for 11 to roll around so we could clock out and head for home. We all heard a cat's meow, then a couple minutes later, my coworker nearest the door and I heard a meow again. There were no animals in the building, since it's a school, and everything had been closed up all day as it was the middle of winter, so there was no way for a cat to get in the building unless we'd let it in, and we hadn't We'd had other experiences in the building, but this was the only one involving an animal.


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