Maddie the Ghost Hunting Dog Joins Ghost Hunters

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.


Original Video of Pauling Light

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

Creatures of Light or Light Anomalies?


I shot some random pics of changing foliage yesterday and was quite surprised by what I captured. These miniature lights appeared amongst the leaves. On close inspection, I discovered that some appear to be in front of leaves and branches, while most as in the background.

Although I have never seen this before, I suspect that it is a light anomaly from light peeking through the leaves in the background, but I prefer to think of them a tiny creatures of light dancing among the changing foliage. They certainly appear to be emitting their own light, yet I cannot find any shadows that might indicate they are something more than an anomaly.

Has anyone ever seen this before?

Jason and Grant of TAPS joins Josh Gates on Destination Truth

Tonight should be an interesting night of television. Not only do we get to see a new episode of Ghost Hunters at 9 pm (EST), we also get to see Jay and Grant as they join Josh Gates in an investigation on destination Truth.

The show is slated as the season premiere and promises a trip to Romania and an investigation of Crop Circles.

Josh and Jason and Grant should make for an interesting combination. I’ve always seen Josh as  bit of a showman out for his piece of the pie. He reminds me of ex-TAP member Brain and Ghost Hunter International’s Barry — a little over the edge. I can never quite tell if his reactions are genuine or if he just seeks attention for what he does.

It’s not that I don’t like Josh, or that I don’t like the show, it’s just that it leaves me a bit disappointed and feeling like a school girl chasing monsters and scaring herself.

Perhaps I have misjudged him.  I look forward to seeing how they interact and how Jason and Jay respond to a crop circleCrop circles do intrigue me.  I’m not one who buys the theory that they are man made by a gang of tricksters with ropes and boards. To be honest, I really don’t know what to make of them.

Paranormal? I have no idea. But they are gorgeous. Perhaps we will get a glimpse into their cause.

So the skeptic says . . .

Last  night while watching Ghost Whisperer, my skeptic husband and I  are sitting quietly when suddenly, out of nowhere we hear a loud snap. I, of course, assume it is something he has done as I was not looking at him at the time. He jumps and says, “What was that snap?”

I turn to him and explain that it wasn’t me and I thought it was him. He gets up and looks around to find nothing to explain the sound. He looks at me and says, “It sounded like someone snapped their fingers right by my ear.”

I, of course, laugh. Anything I see or hear is treated as foolishness or an over-active imagination. It’s funny when it happens to someone else, especially the skeptic.

I won’t pretend to know what that sound was. I have no idea. I do know there have been a lot of random sounds that seem to defy explanation lately. Just yesterday I was home alone and working on a piece of writing when I “heard” the cat scratch at the bathroom door. She can pull it open if she gets her claw under the bottom of the door and does it quite frequently. It has a distinct sound. I didn’t think anything of it, but happened to glance up and see her sleeping in the chair. I looked around to discover the dog asleep in his bed.

What did I do? I pretended it didn’t happen, of course. What else can I do?

I now understand why you hear stories of people who have lived with hauntings that simply did nothing. I was always the one to say, “Why didn’ t they do something. If it were me I would have moved out.”

Now, I’m not saying this house is haunted (although I’m not ready to say it isn’t either), but I do understand why people simply live with strange occurrences and pretend they don’t exist.

I’m still a bit of a skeptic myself, but I find it a bit peculiar that I lived in a house for over 20 years with only an occasional strange occurrence and I’ve been here a year and have them quite often. Coincidence? Perhaps.

For now, knowing the skeptic is experiencing it too is enough to tell me I’m not crazy.

How many unexplainable things does it take?

Most of us go through life looking for reasons to explain those odd occurrences that somehow appear in our lives.  The assumption, of course it that there are explanations. Recently, an unexplained occurrence happened in my home and has left me racking my brain for plausible explanations.

I might have seen this differently if I wasn’t sure I was the last one to go to bed or if we were a family that ordinarily got up at  night. But I was, we aren’t and I simply can’t explain this.

As I said, I was the last one to bed. Everyone else was already asleep when I turned in. I turned out the kitchen lights, checked that the candle on the stove was out and went to bed.

I was the first one up in the morning. I walked into the kitchen to discover one of the burners on our gas stove as on and burning brightly. The air was warm, so it had obviously been on for a while. The knobs on this stove need to be pushed in and turned to light them.

I did not use that burner the evening before, nor did I use it while cooking dinner.

So how did it get on? Could I have stood in a dark  kitchen and not have noticed a lit burner before going to bed? Could I have reached over the stove to turn out the light without feeling the heat of the burner or noticing the flame?

I have no explanation, but I do know that it was a bit startling to awake to a flame in my kitchen that simply should not have been there.

Spooky Cat Antics

Just when I was beginning to think that any of the sounds or weird happenings in this house were the result of moving to a new place and getting used to the normal sounds, something weird happens.

Its late evening and I am the only one awake in the house,  when suddenly the cat flies around the corner of the couch, stops and looks up towards the ceiling and appears to looking at something about midway between the floor and ceiling. She suddenly ducks as though being dive-bombed by crazed birds and then lifts her head to sneak another look. She ducks again and then cowers in place for a moment or two.  She then walks off as though nothing had happened.

I don’t know about you, but that was enough to send shivers up my spine. I didn’t see or feel anything , but she obviously did.