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BLACK DOGS
Church Raiders

Large Black Dogs with fiery, red eyes reportedly raided European churches several times during the middle ages. They would enter a church service (usually during a severe storm) and appear to be searching for something or someone; and on August 4, 1577, in Bongay, England, a large black dog ran down the aisle of a church, killed two people in attendance and badly injured another.

Nocturnal Car-Dodgers

Many reports in England and the United States report ghostly canines crossing roads in front of cars, then vanishing into thin air as the car approaches.

Cemetery Guardians

Numerous Black Dog sightings occur in cemeteries, and some speculate the phantom creatures patrol and protect the graves of the dead. These sightings appear to be concentrated in New England. Legends of headless or limbless graveyard dogs surround slave cemeteries in the South. While most encounters with these dogs are of a viscous nature, some mourners have claimed to have been comforted by these creatures.

The Black Dog of Hanging Hills

A particularly interesting legend of a supernatural black dog is found in the high-altitude forests of Hanging Hills, Connecticut. A friendly, small dog is blamed for the deaths of several experienced hikers and climbers in the area. Local legend warns:

"If a man shall meet the Black Dog once, it shall be for joy; and if twice, it shall be for sorrow; and the third time, he shall die."

Although this sounds like a local legend to add mystery to the already spooky landscape, or to explain the tragedies of those who have died in the hills, documented encounters with the dog suggest there is truth behind the warnings.

In the early 1900’s, a geologist, [sign in to see URL]. Pynchon, encountered the little black dog and found it to be good company while hiking. Pynchon’s second encounter with the dog was with a friend, who had seen the dog on two occasions. They were climbing to the summit of one peak and was surprised to find the little black dog waiting for them. It soundlessly barked, and Pynchon’s friend suddenly lost his footing and plunged to his death. That was his friend's third encounter with the mysterious black dog. Pynchon soon learned of the legend of the black dog and related his story to the Connecticut Quarterly. Surprisingly, Pynchon returned to the Hanging Hills a few years later, and his body was later found near the same place his friend had died. Many speculate that Pynchon encountered the little dog a third and final time.

Banshee Dogs

Banshees are spirits found in Celtic lore which appear to people as an omen of impending death or often are only heard wailing loudly after someone has died. Several reports depict Banshees appearing in the form of an ordinary dog.

One day, a large friendly German Shepard appeared in the backyard of an elderly Massachusetts couple. No one saw it arrive, but the grandchildren began playing with the dog and it seemed happy to stay with them, refusing to leave the property and staying close by the grandfather’s side. Soon after the appearance of the strange dog, the the grandfather suffered a heart attack and, after spending several days in the hospital, was beginning to fully recover. At home, however, the dog grew more and more agitated and moaned loudly, unable to be comforted. Unexpectedly, the grandfather suffered a second heart attack and died. The mysterious dog disappeared while the family was at the funeral and was never seen or heard from again.

Some reports of black dogs, however sketchy, have been associated with big cat sightings in England and, in even fewer cases, UFOs. However, in most reports of phantom dogs, they exhibit supernatural abilities that suggest they are more than a stray animal. Dogs have always played a large role in ancient religions (the jackals of Egypt and Cerberus of Greek/Roman literature) and their image and symbolism is reflected to modern times.




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Re: ghost dogs


dogs of darkness
"Like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread...
because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tread"
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



 The fiend Coleridge had in mind was almost certainly one which
frequently crops up in Welsh folklore - the Gwyllgi, or Dog of Darkness.
These terrifying apparitions took the form of a huge hound with a
shaggy pelt and great glowing eyes. The favourite haunt of Gwyllgi were
lonely roads at night.

A lane in the parish of Marchwiel south of Wrexham, NE Wales, called
Lon Bwbach Ddu (Lane of the Black Spectre) probably recalls such a haunting.
An encounter near Ruthin with one of these hell hounds was recorded
by T Gwynn Jones in his 'Welsh Folklore and Folk Custom' (1930). He says:

"My grandmother declared that as she and my grandfather were riding
on horseback from Ruthin one evening, in passing a roadside house,
the nag suddenly shied and pressed to the hedge. At the moment
a very tall mastiff was passing on the other side. My grandfather
who rode behind saw nothing and his horse had not been startled.
They had just come to live in the district and only got to know afterwards
that the house had the reputation of being haunted."

A more alarming adventure was had by a Mr Edward Jones when
he was returning home late one night from a fair at Cynwyd, near
Corwen. "The Black hound of destiny", as he called it, chased
him across the moor, literally dogging his footsteps, keeping
just behind as he hurried along. He said it was "a beast
of fearsome visage and blood-shot eye".

At any moment he expected to feel its jaws clamp
upon him and he suffered terrible anxiety "as in the horrible,
cold sweat of a nightmare". The dreaded climax never came,
however, and when, nervous and exhausted, he eventually
reached his farm gate, he found the beast had vanished.


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