Ghost Pets: Paranormal Evidence of Doggy’s Presence?

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                                       Dakota

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 experienced 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.

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Spooky locations: Island of Dolls (Isla de las Munecas)

haunted dollsPhoto by Skillshot / Flickr

Nothing is quite as spooky as the thought of haunted dolls – unless, of course, its an entire island covered with thousands of mangled and disheveled dolls hanging from trees and perched on branches. That is exactly what you will find on the Island of Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) located just south of Mexico City. If that isn’t enough to set your skin to crawling wait until you hear the eerie tale of how they got there.

via Spooky locations: Island of Dolls  (Don’t forget to check out the slideshow attached to the article to see images of these creepy dolls.)

Evaluating Ghostly Images in Photographs

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Ghostly Face taken by Nannette Richford

Last night while browsing one of my favorite forums, a user posted a photograph asking for opinions. The photo appeared to have the image of a young boy in it, even though there was no boy in the room at the time the photo was taken.

Interestingly the owner of the picture did not disclose what the viewer should be looking for, but rather asked what we saw. Discussion ensued with several people seeing faces, reptilian eyes and other unusual images. None, however, saw the image of the boy until the owner explained what he saw.

This started me thinking about the whole concept of people seeing what they expect to see and how matrixing effects what our brain perceives as real. The image of the “ghostly face” at the top of this post illustrates matrixing.

The image in the photo looks like the face of man. I see eyes, a nose, brow bones, cheeks and even nostrils. Some might even go so far as to say it looks a bit like Einstein–and I’d agree.

In reality, it is a photo of water boiling in a pot. The features we perceive are all made up of parts of boiling water. According to the experts, the image is a result of matrixing.

Because the human brain searches to identify recognizable forms to make sense of the world, we see a face. Is there some mysterious ghost in my pan? Not likely.

Now visualize all the great photos of real ghosts you have seen. How many of them were simply the mind searching for recognizable shapes?

I’m not suggesting that all images of ghosts and spirits caught on film are tricks of the eye or that paranormal images do not appear on film. But I do recognize that we need to be careful when we interpret the images we see, or the evidence we think have captured.

There are, of course, other things to consider when evaluating paranormal photography. I have gathered the most common explanations for what appears to be paranormal evidence in photographs. You can read more in my articles by visiting the link below. If you have a moment, drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Catching evidence of the paranormal on film can be exciting, but before you present your photograph claiming to have captured a real ghost, take the time to evaluate the photo to rule out these common causes.

Original Video of Pauling Light

I don’t know about you, but I found the Paulding Light fascinating. Here’s the original video.

Fact or Faked: Blazing Horizon/Rollover

Fact of Faked looks interesting tonight folks. Although I’m pretty sure about the explanation for this one–ghost children pushing the car to safety is a lot more fun to believe.

Hope everyone enjoys the show and that it’s a bit more interesting than last week.

New Paranormal Shows Air on SyFy

I hope everyone is ready for the paranormal lineup this week on SyFy. Believe it or not, I’m a bit anxious for the return of Ghost Hunter’s International tonight. If you read my blog, you probably already know that I’m not their biggest fan, but if SyFy can be trusted to follow through with their word, the two cadets from the first season of Ghost Hunter’s Academy should be on it. I’m a bit anxious to see  how new blood influences the show.

I’m not so sure about  Mary Knows Best (Thursday, July 15th 9 pm EST) For those of your who aren’t aware, Mary Knows Best has been advertised as a show where we get to follow a real-life psychic through her daily life. From the previews I have seen, it looks a little lame.  It feels a little like making a game out of the paranormal, but I may be surprised.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files airs Thursday July 15 at 10 pm EST. This one looks like it has potential. I can’t help but think that if SyFy knows the audience wants to see things investigated and debunked, then they should have realized it was one of the reasons we all watched Ghost Hunters in the first place. I still don’t understand why they decided to change Ghost Hunters by cutting out the actual investigating and debunking portions.

It should be an interesting two evenings of television. Check back tomorrow for my take on Ghost Hunter’s International or to share your thoughts about the new season.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

Last night’s episode of Ghost Hunters brought up an interesting topic, even though it was not pursued on camera. When Chris and Britt were investigating the ballroom in The Southern Mansion in Cape May, they caught glimpses of movement in the mirror. Upon investigation they were unable to either debunk the images or find any evidence of activity in the room. A review of audio and video equipment revealed nothing to cause what they witnessed.

This left me wondering exactly what they had witnessed. Was it an over-active imagination, eyes playing tricks on them in the dark or could there actually have been activity in the mirror?

For years, people have believed that mirrors serve as portals for spirits, although it has never been proven scientifically. I am unaware of any evidence caught on video or camera to support these claims and have not experienced it myself. It does give me pause.

As most of you know, I am a healthy skeptic when it comes to the paranormal. I have experienced some unexplained events in my life and know people whose claims I cannot ignore, but I am not quite ready to subscribe to a belief in ghosts and spirits. What causes the many unusual events in our lives is not something I can qualify with certainty.

I have often wondered how many events it takes to change a skeptic to a believer and if the severity of the events is a factor. Perhaps there is some invisible line that must be crossed in our lives before we are able to take the leap or perhaps it is simply the willingness to believe that forces beyond our control share our living space and that maybe, just maybe, they are the souls of those who have gone before us.

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