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Accounts of animal ghosts have existed for a very long time. Sometimes during travel, ghosts of animals have been reported by passers by, such as the account of a ghostly canine that snarls at travelers on certain roads in the State of Maryland. However, most animal ghosts seem to be witnessed after recently passing, still visiting their beloved human companions. There are ghost stories about various types of pet animals, especially cats, dogs, and horses being seen after their death. Animal ghosts seem to visit where they formerly lived, and may stay for a minimal period of time or longer. Many owners have reported not only seeing their ghost animal, but also smelling, hearing and even feeling them through touch. These ghost animals seem to continue their routine developed
while pets, such as sleeping on a bed, heading to a food dish, or interacting with other animals still alive and remaining in the household.
detection of animal ghosts may be more noticable to one who
is grieving and looking for signs of a ghostly visit from their furry
friend. Perhaps our attachment to the animal holds it here for a short
time due to its concern for our emotional trauma; but perhaps this also creates
the perfect opportunity, for one who knows what to specifically listen and look
for, to detect an animal ghost.
Some good questions have
been posed by others, such as could we somehow possibly create the animal ghost
as a phantom through our emotional ties to it while alive, or our desires to see
it once again after it has passed? Another gentleman wonders why we only
typically hear of animal ghost accounts of domesticated animals and pets, but
rarely ever of wild animals or even insects? Good questions to
ponder. I do know that psychics claim to be able to see the ghosts of
animals on the other side of the veil, and can even make contact with
them. Native Americans and other tribal cultures teach of shape-shifting
animal spirits that protect humans, known as totems. These typically are
wild animals and not domesticated
Animal ghosts have been
witnessed on former fields of battle. In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a horse
carrying its rider appeared in misty form before some shocked observers.
They thought the horse and rider were real, but the human as well as animal
ghost disappeared right before their
The Pony Express hasn't carried mail across the United States since the mid-1800's, but the Hollenberg Station in Kansas is known for ghostly horse hooves still galloping by. This is not the only report of animal ghosts being heard. A cliff in Texas was a sight where cattle stampeded over it unto their death in the latter 1880's. Today, this same sight in Texas is known as Stampede Mesa, where the hooves of unseen animals can still be heard stampeding.
Dogs have been known to
keep pretty good watch over people, and some have even been heard as ghosts,
still growling threats to those who come too near. One such account is of
a Bull Terrier named Sallie who was a Union Army mascot at Gettysburg.
Many believe they still hear her growl, as she keeps watch over fallen
soldiers. In another story about animal ghosts, the famous Tower of London
formerly housed exotic, wild animals. A guard in 1815 reported seeing a
bear walk through a doorway. Spooked, the man attempted to use his bayonet
on the creature, but the blade passed right through the bear ghost!
Even the United States
Capitol building today is said to be haunted by the ghost of a cat. It has
been described as having glowing eyes, and emerges out of the shadows to
unsuspecting people. Legend has it that the ghost cat appears before major
national disasters. The cat's name is D.C., and was seen before the stock
market crash of 1929, and the assassination of President Kennedy in
Though animal ghosts have
been witnessed, what is interesting is how they often continue some form of
routine. For example, ghosts of horses have been seen throwing their
riders; some animal ghosts have been seen re-living tragedies most likely tied
to their deaths; shadowy images of animals crossing roads have been seen at
night; and ghost cats have been heard purring and sleeping on beds, leaving
their impression on the bed covers.