There is an old wives tale that tells of being able to see spirits through a cat or dog's eyes if you stand behind them and look over their head in the direction they are staring. Countless people have reported being scared out of their wits when their dog or cat stops suddenly on the way down the hall and begins to growl or hiss at something unseen. There have been reports of dogs refusing to go down the stairs of a basement in a reportedly haunted house and cats refusing to enter the attic.
Many paranormal investigators use dogs for exactly this reason. Canines especially seem to be sensitive to the unknown, and are pretty good at sensing when things are not right. They are the ones that refuse to travel further down a dark road or are reluctant to enter the woods at certain spots. This is prevalent in Native American legends where parts of the woods were deemed to be evil places because animals would not venture in.
There is also some talk that animals do not have souls, and therefore can not return after dying. If animals are made from the same stuff as humans, why can't they come back? There are many stories out there about a loved pet returning to visit their family after death, either through the sound of a collar jangling, the scent of the animal, or the actual physical contact of seeing the animal or feeling them curl up on the end of the bed.
Another theory in this case is that as we love our pets, we "give them" life, a spirit so to speak. This is an energy created from all of the emotions that we have in connection with them. Whatever your beliefs about animals having a spirit are, it is likely that if humans can manifest as spirits, so can animals.
The last section on animals and haunting deals with dark shadow animals, or the black cats and dogs, even sometimes birds or horses, and even more chilling, the shapeless animal specters that foreshadow tragedy. These evil presences entail a more active haunting than a loved animal coming back, or the sense of something being wrong if your animal begins to whimper or growl at seemingly nothing. Rabbits, goats, and rodents--typically always black in color--are thick in legend as having shown up preceding a tragedy. While this belief is largely steeped in superstition leading back as far as the inquisition, there have been notable "coincidences" throughout history. One case in particular was the abandoning of the luxury liner the Louistiana by the ships mascot, a small black cat just before she set sail and subsequently was hit and sank during the war with Germany.
So the next time your dog refuses to go any further down the path or your kitten spits and hisses at the ceiling, hold them up and look through their ears at whatever they are seeing--you may be in for a surprise.
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I think that the Biltmore Estate Haunted House sounds really creepy and what up with the orange headless cat,huh?Thats just weird. Espeacilly that dark figure under the pool and the insane laughter, you know I like to visit the place some time but I dont have a car or drivers licence and my parents wont bring me there so I have to wait.
OMG I have had a very similar experience (I stupid that I is) wrote it in the child seeing spirits article doi I am stupid get bak to me if you can
Both my parents has similar experiences when they were kids of seeing animal spirits. They also saw ghosts. My mother tells a story where she saw the Angel of Death as a child, told her mother and her mom recognized it for what it was. Two days later her baby brother died.
when I was a little girl, no older then four or five years old, I used to see these dark ghostly looking dogs, that I began to call Shadow Dogs. They would appear to me in a pack of five or six of them at a time in my room at night. These Shadow dogs were so frightning, that I was paralyzed with fear!!! I was so frightened by these things that I remember holding my breath and breathing very shallow as to avoid being heard by them !!! They would usually come to the foot of my bed and growl at me in a slow gutteral, menacing growl as they would bare their teeth and foam at the mouth. They would pace back in forth in my room, and telepathically communicate with me, by showing me different ways that I could die. They were so awful looking, I will never forget what they look like.They were a dull grayish black color, yet they were transparent as if they were ghosts and had glowing redish amber eyes. They would usually appear when I was just about to go to sleep, yet I would still be awake, it was so strange. It was as if they waited until I was relaxed and my defenses were down, before they would appear! When they were present, I could never move, and I would litteraly lay there paralyzed while they terrorized me for what would seem like several hours before I could finally some how scream for my mom, and she would come running into my room to find me sitting up in bed and crying hysterically !!!
This awful haunting went on for about three years, and it happened almost every night. As I got older, it finally stopped, as I learned how to dismiss it some how. I must have figured out a way to fight back at them, by telling myself over and over that they were not real, I must have closed the portal, in which they came from.
You can find my story on True Ghost Tales. com, in which I go into detail a little bit more. I am basically on a quest, to see if I can find as much information as I can, about any other hauntings out there, involving shadow creatures, mainly Shadow Dogs !