Many people think that ghosts are the spirits of deceased persons, and that only people have spirits (or souls) which can continue after physical death. What then, are we to make of the reports of the ghosts of pets and other animals? Did these animals somehow acquire a bit of spirit from their lifelong close association with humans? Do animals have spirits of their own? Other possibilities include reincarnation, non-human or demonic spirits appearing as animals, and simple misidentification.
Early historical and legendary reports of ghost animals were often evil, or harbingers of doom. The Grim, hellhounds, ghostly black cats, the Barghest, and others are fearsome specters who frighten or assault travelers. Another legend tells of large black ghost dogs which protect cemeteries, particularly slave cemeteries in the Southern U. S.
Although there are modern reports of hellhounds and their ilk, contemporary reports of ghost animals seem to more often be departed pets. Dogs, cats, horses, and even pet birds have been seen, heard, smelled, or felt after their passing by their former owners.
Pet owners report that the sounds of claws clicking on the floor or the jingle of a familiar set of tags herald the return of a beloved dog. Cats seem to return more commonly as a physical presence; their owners report feeling the cat lying next to them in bed, but when they look there is nothing there. These experiences can happen anytime, watching television, reading a book, going over your homeschool lesson plans or even in the shower.
Ghost horses are also reported, but in death as in life they seem to need company. The infamous headless horseman is a well-known example, but horses also return to carry the ghosts of soldiers and to pull ghostly carriages and coaches.
Ghostly animals are not entirely confined to pets. In England, the last bear to be killed in the Verdley Woods is said to haunt the area. Buxton, England has a ghostly wolf that is reported to be able to move at fantastic speeds. Stampede Mesa, Texas, reportedly has a herd of ghostly stampeding cattle.
interested in seeing an animal ghost, there are places to go. There
was a time when seeing a ghost would make a person run to a doctor
of LASIK Denver
or elsewhere to make sure their eyes were fine. Now, animal ghosts
are becoming popular attractions, possibly because they are less threatening
to some than the ghosts of people.
The Capitol Building, Washington D.C., USA, has a Demon Cat that reportedly appears before national disasters. It was seen prior to the stock market crash of 1929, and prior to Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Arkansas' Crescent Hotel features a ghostly tabby named Morris, and Rudolph Valentino's Great Dane, Kabar, is said to haunt Los Angeles' pet cemetery. The Whaley House Museum in San Diego, CA has a ghost dog, and ghostly soldiers on ghost horses are reported at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
(The Webmaster wishes to thank Patty from www.ghostsamongus.net for her kind permission to use this article.)
More Animal Ghost Links
Sorrow Bear was a mother bear who died knowing that she failed to save her two precious cubs from the strip-mining at Shumate Hollow, WV. She now resides in the outskirts of Bear Heaven. Listen to her story: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1944168/sorrow_bear.html
The interview continues with Sorrow Bear, the mother bear who died due to the strip-mining at Shumate Hollow, WV. She now resides in the outskirts of Bear Heaven. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1950336/bear_heaven_.html
Brother and Sister Cub Lose Their Lives at Shumate Hollow
Brother and Sister Bear Cubs take turns telling how they and their mother died due to the strip-mining that took place at Shumate Hollow, WV. Read their story and then spread the word. Our animal friends deserve our love and respect too. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1947894/brother_and_sister_cub_lose_their_lives.html
Uncle Pachyderm was one of many elephants forced to be on the front line of a 1277 battle between Burma and Kublai Khan's Mongols. Imagine his terror when the Mongols dismounted and shot metal-tipped arrows at the most vulnerable spots on each elephant. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1944132/uncle_pachyderm.html
Uncle Pachyderm's Experiences in the Afterlife
Uncle Pachyderm died in the 1277 battle between Burma and Kublai Khan's Mongols. Read about his amazing experiences from the point of his death onward. You may never look at elephants the same way again. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1954752/uncle_pachyderms_experiences_in_the.html
(The Webmaster wishes to thank Debbie Dunn from www.bellwitchunveiled.com for her kind permission to use this article.)
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