One very strange little corner of the world of the paranormal is that of shapeshifting, dog-like canid humanoids. Dogmen, werewolves, call them what you want, but they represent a truly anomalous and head-scratching realm, indeed. It seems almost absurd that such things could ever exist, but there is a surprisingly large amount of reports out there dealing with precisely this, and some of them get very bizarre, indeed. Here we will look at some of the most outlandish, bizarre, and downright mindbogglingly weird cases of dog-like humanoid entities from the very outer limits of the odd.
In the spring of 1982, a university student by the name of Tessa Dick, who incidentally was the wife of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, was heading home from her classes at Chapman University, in El Modena, California. She pulled up to a red light and waited for it to change, and as she did so a black limousine pulled up next to her. She looked out at it and noticed what she thought was a large, black German shepherd sitting there in the back seat, and she noted that it looked very intelligent and was “clean and well groomed.” She sat there admiring the beautiful animal for a moment, but then she was shocked to see it put its arm out the window to show that it had a human hand. She would say of what happened next:
Just before the light turned green, the dog casually put his arm on the window ledge, and he had a hand. My jaw dropped and the dog smirked. I thought he was chuckling, pleased with himself that he had shocked me by showing me his hand. It looked like a human hand with fingernails, well-manicured and coal-black skin like his hair. His arm had short black hair like the hair on a dog’s front leg, but his hand was hairless. And the arm had an elbow and shoulder like a human elbow and shoulder. The light turned green and we both drove away. I never saw that limousine or the dog again. I tried to find some kind of ape or monkey with a face like that, but no such animal exists. And of course dogs don’t have human hands. So what did I see? Now I think that the dog owned the limousine, rather than being the pet of a human. I have always thought that the sighting was meant specifically for me… but I don’t know whether to take it as a gift or a threat.
Tessa would take the story to famed paranormal investigator and Dogman researcher Linda Godfrey, who would publish it in her book Monsters Among Us, and it really is quite bizarre. What was this creature and why was it driving around in broad daylight in a limousine? Who knows? Just as strange is a case from the files of Albert Rosales, which supposedly occurred in the area of the city of Acre, in the Northern District of Israel. On October 14 of 1996, the city was visited by an unidentified flying object with blue, red and white lights, which was witnessed by numerous residents to fly over the city and appear to go out over the coastal plains region to drop behind some dunes. It is unclear what exact connection this UFO would have to the events that would play out that evening, but it was to be a very strange night, indeed, marked by numerous sightings of bizarre entities throughout the area.
One of the weirdest of these allegedly was witnessed by a man named Abdul Alhazrad, who was driving along and saw a man standing by the side of the road hitchhiking. He pulled over and offered the stranger a ride, and the man got in, with nothing particularly odd or menacing about him at this point. Abdul started the car up and continued along with the man in the passenger seat. The two drove along in silence for a time, but at one point Abdul glanced over to the stranger and was horrified to see him suddenly transform into something less than human. Within moments the stranger had morphed into a humanoid with a dog-like head with “with floppy ears and a single, cyclopean eye at the top of its long snout.” The terrified witness slammed on the brakes and made a run for it, and when he stopped to look back the Dogman stepped out of the car, took a few steps forward, and then just seemingly vanished into thin air. Interestingly, that same evening two Bedouin Arabs encountered what they described as a mutated, dog-headed human that chased their car and jumped 20 feet to grab onto the side of the car and clamber up onto the roof. The two witnesses would claim that they could not dislodge the beast from their vehicle and that it had simply vanished into thin air at some point. It is hard to say whether these encounters were connected in any way to the UFO that was seen that evening or not, but they are damn strange either way.
Also from 1996 is another case from the files of Linda Godfrey, this time from the American Midwest. The setting of this strange tale is what is described as “a quaint Midwestern Baptist church,” where one Sunday morning a middle-aged woman who was new to town came in and took a seat among the other approximately 225 other churchgoers. The lady seemed to be restless and fidgeting a lot, and witnesses would later describe her as having a “very strange grayness” about her person, but at the time most did not think much of it. The sermon went on as usual, but when the minister stepped off the stage and walked past the woman, she suddenly bolted to her feet and let out a “bloodcurdling scream,” much to the astonishment of everyone around her. The woman then suddenly went into some sort of seizure and morphed into a hulking, muscular humanoid “wolf-like creature” with grey hair all over its body and what were described as cloven, “deer-like hooves” in full view of hundreds of people. Oddly, this bizarre transformation occurred nearly instantaneously, and the woman’s clothes had vanished.
The creature apparently took on a “protective stance” and howled and roared for several minutes while the congregation cowered in terror. The minister stepped forward to confront it, upon which it seemed to recoil away and look around as if deciding whether to attack or flee. At that moment, four men from the congregation rushed the beast and struggled to hold it down as it resisted with superhuman strength and panted and howled in fury. Just when they thought they could not hold it down anymore, it then allegedly transformed back into the woman just as suddenly as it had appeared. The woman was described as looking dazed and confused, as if she had no idea what had happened to her. She was then ushered away and it is unclear what happened to her after that. What was going on here?
In more recent years is a case from the state of New York. In June of 2015, three friends went camping in the mountains and at first everything went smoothly. They set up camp, did some hiking, and that evening sat around a campfire to chat and tell stories. As they sat there talking, they would claim that the forest around them had suddenly gone silent, all of the usual sounds of the nighttime wilderness ceasing to leave them in an eerie quiet. They stopped talking, and as they listened to that silence and tried to figure out what was going on, they could feel a sort of static electricity in the air and from the quiet emerged a low humming sound. There was then a bright flash of light in the distance that seemed to light up the entire forest. One of the witnesses would say of it:
It looked like when a real big firework explodes for the first few seconds, but it lasted for about a minute before it split up into 3 or 4 other lights and shot back down into the trees. We could see the lights glowing out in the woods and then there was a big gust of wind and it was gone. Everything smelled like it had just rained but it never did.
The men at the time thought it had probably been a meteor, but that night things would get stranger still when one of them woke the others to say there was a large creature of some sort out in the woods watching their camp. He had at first taken it to be a bear, but then realized that it was walking around and standing on two legs and looked more simian than apelike. The three men all scanned the forest trying to get a glimpse of it, and their thoughts now were that it was maybe Bigfoot, but things would get even stranger still when they saw it standing close by and realized that it looked more like a werewolf, with a hairy, humanoid body and the “head of a dog,” with dark grey all over its body except for the front, where the hair was white or yellow. The creature stared at them balefully for a moment and then let out a loud, ear-splitting scream that sounded like a “pig being slaughtered,” after which it was joined by three more of the creatures. These “Dogmen” then ran to the tent to destroy it and the witnesses ran as fast as they could towards their truck. As they sped off, the came across one of the creatures standing in the middle of the row with its chest puffed out, and they had to swerve to avoid it. They would go back to the campsite in the morning to find that all of their camping gear was gone. All of the men would insist that this was not Bigfoot but something else, and say that they believed they came from whatever had made that light show they had seen earlier in the evening. Dogmen from a UFO or something else?
These and other cases like them are those that really skirt around on the outer periphery of the truly bizarre and are firmly in the realm of true high strangeness. What do we make of such things and how do we categorize it all? These cases are so weird that they seem to almost defy any sort of possible explanation. Ghosts, demons, aliens, figments of the imagination, how can we even begin to explain such anomalies? As it stands, they remain lodged in the world of those truly surreal cases that will perhaps forever remain a mystery.
(Article by Brent Swancer republished from mysteriousuniverse.org)
“Cursed charity shop painting ruined my life”, says British woman
A British woman purchased a portrait of a young girl from a charity shop and now asserts that the picture is cursed, reports mirror.co.uk.
Elliot-Brown, aged 36, spotted an artwork by an unfamiliar artist at
the Hastings Advice Representation Center in St Leonards-on-Sea, East
Sussex, a month ago.
Simultaneously, the seller cautioned Zoe
about the painting possibly being cursed, revealing that a prior
purchaser of the same artwork had returned it to the store with the
statement “it ruined my life.”
Out of curiosity, Zoe captured an
image of the painting on her smartphone and shared the photo with her
68-year-old mother, Jane Elliot-Brown. Her mother seemed to be entranced
by the painting.
she began urging Zoe to acquire the painting. Yielding to her mother’s
persuasion, Zoe paid £20 for the artwork. However, as soon as she
introduced it into her home, strange occurrences commenced taking place.
Zoe entered her home and positioned the painting in the living room,
their dog named Cilla leaped up and started growling at the artwork.
Cilla deliberately kept her distance, refraining from approaching the
picture. Subsequently, Zoe’s mother’s health took a sharp decline. She
began experiencing alternating spells of fever and chills, requiring her
to wear four sweaters to keep warm.
Concurrently, Zoe’s mother
seemed to be captivated by the painting. She continuously gazed at it
and even caressed the painted girl’s cheek. During the night, she heard
peculiar knocks emanating from the room where the picture hung, despite
the room being unoccupied.
Zoe managed to persuade her mother that
the painting held negative energy and was cursed. However, Jane
staunchly defended the painting, reluctant to part with it.
never seen my mother yearn for something so intensely. She was
entranced by it, but not in a positive manner. She guarded it. She
frequently gazed at it. She ran her fingers over the painted girl’s
cheeks and polished the surface, although the painting didn’t require
“Each time I mentioned disposing of the painting, she
became exceedingly irritable. It transformed into a sort of family
heirloom for her, something she began cherishing.”
flatly refused to get rid of the painting. I think it’s a bit like the
magic power of the Lord of the Rings ring. It definitely works in an
attractive and charming way, it seems to pull you towards it.
“My mother became a bit like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings,” says Zoe.
herself says that it seems to her that the painted girl is very unhappy
and she stroked her to comfort her. She also does not attribute the
deterioration of her health to the purchase of the painting.
the same time, she admits that there were several cases when someone
seemed to knock on the door, and when she opened it, there was no one on
One day, Jane became so ill that she fainted right
in the bathroom. Zoe called 911, but her mother refused to go to the
hospital and was eventually left at home.
One morning, Zoe entered
the living room and saw her mother standing and stroking the painted
girl on her cheeks. And the mother could not remember how she ended up
in the living room and what she did at night.
was strange behavior, especially for my mom. She couldn’t remember
anything from what happened last night. My mom is still very weird and
distracted and doesn’t want to discuss it.”
And then something
even more frightening happened. Zoe and her friend Ben went for a walk
on a hill during a thunderstorm and suddenly saw a “creepy black figure”
that suddenly appeared in front of them.
They do not know if this
is related to the painting, but they immediately ran back in fear.
Deciding to get rid of the cursed painting, Zoey eventually took it and
took it to the same shop where she bought it.
And when she drove
up to the store, she saw that in one of the tires of the car, brand new,
someone stuck a screw. She gave the painting to the seller, but then
changed her mind and took it back.
didn’t want someone else to buy the painting and get hurt because of
it. Now Zoe wants to give the picture only to someone who understands
Now the painting is kept in Zoya’s house in a box filled with sage (it is believed that sage helps against evil spirits).
She also hung sage in every corner of the house, although Zoya’s mother was very unhappy with this.
thought knowing my luck some idiot will go and get it and try and burn
it and I don’t really want to be left with the remainder of whatever the
hell has been going on. Technically I was the last owner. [I want it]
dealt with properly. […]”
Wild man with a spear in his hand was spotted in the forests of Germany
A mysterious wild man, nicknamed by the locals “the wolf man”, was
photographed in the forested mountains of the Harz, in the center of
Germany. The man was completely naked and held a spear in his hand.
savage was accidentally noticed by two tourists who were walking
through the forest, not far from the city of Blankenburg in
Saxony-Anhalt, and examined the ruins of an old castle.
reached the caves in the sands, we saw this wolf-man. He stood high in
one of the caves and held in his hand a long wooden stick that looked
like a spear.
“He didn’t take his eyes off us, but he didn’t say
anything. He looked dirty and looked like a prehistoric man from the
Stone Age, like pictures in a history book,” Gina Weiss, 31, told Bild
to Weiss and her friend Toby, they observed this man for about ten
minutes. The naked man appeared to be in his forties and reportedly
these tourists were not the first to have seen him in the area.
It is assumed that he has been living in the forests near Blankenburg for about five years.
Authorities say they have received numerous reports of a person wearing a wolf’s skin or wolf costume over the past five years.
March 2023, a frightened eyewitness even called the police because he
thought that a wolfman running next to him wanted to attack him. In
other cases, people have seen how a savage is trying to make a fire or
building a hut out of branches for himself.
At the same time, it
is quite cold in this area in winter and it is not clear how this person
managed to survive here for several years.
According to Alexander
Beck, head of the local fire brigade, this savage clearly has the
skills to live in the wild and adapt to the changing seasons of the
Where this man came from is unknown. There are many theories, from the hermit to more mystical versions such as time portals.
However, there are those who believe that all this is just some kind of prank to scare tourists or some other purpose.
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