Two weeks ago our beloved dog of over 12 years passed away suddenly. Naturally, we were heartbroken and mourned his passing deeply. Until then, I hadn’t given a lot of thought to what happens to animals when they pass away. I’d heard stories of people seeing the ghost of their pets, and I had even seen a ghost cat myself, but I still wasn’t sure whether animals experience any sort of life after death.
A few days ago I was thawing some chicken in the microwave when I had a rather unusual experience. First, let me explain that I was thawing chicken to make a stir-fry. It had become my practice to cut the fatty ends and little pieces of chicken off the chicken breast and cook them in water in the microwave for the dog. He didn’t normally get table food, so he looked forward to this treat whenever we had stir-fried chicken. He never let me forget to cook his share.
As I went to the microwave to turn over the chicken, I was standing with the door held open. Suddenly, something dropped from above and hit the edge of the door and tumbled to the floor. Wondering what it was and where it came from, I looked up. The only thing above the area was a large enclosed florescent light in the ceiling. I wondered if a piece of the plastic had broken off and fallen, but couldn’t see any damage to the light.
I looked down to the floor to see if I could find the object that had fell. There lying at my feet was a piece of his dog food.
The floor and area had been thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed after his passing, so I know there was no piece of dog food left behind. There is no place above the area for a piece of dog food to hide. I was the only one home. The piece of dog food could not have been tossed or knocked into the area by someone else.
I’m not sure where the piece of dog food came from, but I cannot find any logical explanation. I am left thinking that perhaps his spirit lingers and still enjoys the thought of a tasty treat of chicken.
Belief in ghosts may be more common than polls suggest
Americans, it seems, are opening their minds and becoming more likely to believe in ghosts and the supernatural. According to a Haunted Housing report released by Realtor.com on October 18, over one third of Americans surveyed claim to have lived in a haunted house sometime in their lifetime, with more than 50 percent of them claiming to have heard the experiences of others who have lived in a haunted home. Read the whole story
Why do ghosts wear clothes?
One of the most common questions skeptics pose to those who believe in ghosts is “If ghosts are the energy of the dearly departed, why do people see ghosts wearing clothes?” The answer, of course, depends on who you ask. Read the whole story.
‘Live Science’ writer uses logical fallacy to discredit belief in ghosts
Until 1675 when Anton van Leeuwenhoek first discovered microorganisms, no one knew they existed. It was another 200 years before scientists discovered that they were responsible for the transmission of disease. Although science had not verified their existence, microorganisms clearly existed.
How then, can writers like Benjamin Radford a Live Science Contributor, use the logic that ghosts do not exist because there is no scientific evidence that they do? What Bradford has done in his article “Are Ghost Real? Science Says No.o.o.o“, whether he realizes it or not, is employ a logical fallacy to support his personal opinion that ghosts do not exist. Read the whole story
Paranormal Ponderings: Why do we ignore paranormal activity?
Everyone has a ghost story to tell, but not everyone is willing to share it. Part of the reluctance comes from knowing that others simply will not believe us, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. I am convinced that the biggest stumbling block to sharing our paranormal experiences lies in our own self-doubt. Read the whole story.
‘Ghost Hunters’ investigate doppelganger activity
In the season premiere of “Ghost Hunters”, which aired on October 9, the team traveled to the Allen Mansion in Monticello, Arkansas to investigate claims of paranormal activity. According to the owners, Mark and Rebecca Spencer, the family has heard noises and seen black shadows, apparitions and furniture moving on its own, but their most unusual claim is the presence of doppelgangers in the home. read the whole story
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the new Ghost Hunters Show and the debut of Maddie the Ghost Hunting Dog. My first reaction was that it was kind of silly to add a dog to the show and figured it was probably just another publicity stunt.
I was a bit afraid SyFy was up to their old tricks of adding some drama simply to pull in readers. So I did a little research. What I found out was a bit more interesting than I expected–although I did uncover a few unusual characters along the way. The most interesting was a woman who claims to take her fish and snake along on Ghost Hunts because they can detect changes in temperature.
I couldn’t help but think that if were the ghost she was hunting, I’d be hiding in a corner as soon as she revealed some creepy crawly snake–but then that’s just me. Perhaps other ghosts are attracted to such creatures–they are after all living on the dark side. Who am I to judge who they choose for playmates?
It seems that using animals in a Paranormal Investigation isn’t that unusual and really does have some advantages I hadn’t thought about–including helping to debunk phantom sounds or smells. I won’t repeat the whole thing here, if you are interested, you can read my results in SyFy Ghost Hunters Introduce Ghost Hunting Dog.
Although I’m not expecting miracles here, and I’m not so sure I’m ready to take a dog’s word for it about paranormal activity–I do know that my animals often watch things I simply cannot see and react to some unknown force. The thought that they may really be seeing ghosts creeps me out a bit, but then you already know how I feel about ghosts in my own house.
So mark your calendars and get all your work out of the way before Wednesday night and get ready to watch the debut of Maddie the Ghost Hunting Dog.