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Do Dogs See Ghosts or Spirits?
I came across an older question asked by jeanniedoe, "Can Dogs See Ghosts or Spirits?", right here on Hub Pages. This topic intrigued me and I decided to do some research and write a hub about it.
Things Dogs Do For Us
Most of us love dogs. They are almost as special to us as we are to them. When you come home, whether you've been gone five minutes of five hours, no one greets you like your dog. He's so happy to see you and welcome you back, licking and jumping like you've been gone for days. When you're sick who stays by your side night and day? Your dog. But there's more to the love and generosity of dogs.
Service dogs provide a service, from seeing eye dogs to dogs for children with autism. They help people twenty-four seven. Dogs have been trained to help soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder, they have been trained to help people in wheelchairs, they can retrieve objects, open and close doors and so much more.
Did you know trained service dogs can predict some medical incidents from six to twenty-four hours in advance? Some of these incidents include seizures, respiratory issues, and diabetes They can sense or smell chemical changes in the human body....amazing, but true. Dogs have been credited with smelling out cancer. Dogs have sensed when hurricanes or even a tsunami was coming. Dogs are truly amazing and helpful to mankind.
I could go on and on about the good things dogs do for us, like smelling out drugs or guns, visiting the sick or elderly, but this is about dogs and spirits.
Dogs and Ghosts
Dogs' senses far surpass ours. Their sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 more sensitive than ours. They can hear higher frequencies than we can and they can hear four times further than we can. As for ghosts or spirits, Marti Miller says, "They feel the barometric pressur change and may react by shaking, panting, salivating and feeling anxious, or they may not react at all."
Animal Planet has a series called "The Haunted" in which it shows episodes of family dogs reacting to what is believed to be, the presence of spirits. According to AnimalPlanet.com, "Scientific studies on dogs' senses offer debatable evidence of dogs' psychic and sensory perceptions"
Before we go any further let's define ghosts versus spirits. I really didn't know this until researching for this piece. According to terriblyterrier.com, " A ghost is the manifestation of a person (or perhaps an animal) who is no longer living. A spirit is a broader term that includes not only ghosts, but other supernatural entities that may occasionally make their presence known." I'm not sure what other entities that might be and I don't know if I care to find out. Thinking about ghost and spirits is enough for me.
Have you ever seen your dog stand up straight and look at something that isn't there? Maybe there is something there, a spirit you can't see. What about a dog barking at absolutely nothing, well at least you think it's absolutely nothing. What if they are staring at something unseen and you can't get their attention? Could they be staring at a ghost? There is also the dog that appears to be frightened of something for no apparent reason. Perhaps he's seen a ghost.
IF You Believe in Ghosts
Do you believe dogs can sense ghost?
Interesting FAQs About Dogs' Senses
- Dogs can sense things human senses cannot
- According to the Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah (PITU), a dog has anywhere from 125 million to 300 million scent glands, depending on its breed
- Duke University's Canine Cognition Center studies the remarkable perception of dogs.
- Dr. Stanley Coren, a psychology professor and dog lover, relates a family story based on Jewish folklore about dogs and their ability to see the "Angel of Death."
- Scientists believe that due to their extraordinary level of cognition they have the ability to sense ghosts. (http://www.pekinews.com/do-dogs-see-ghosts-maybe-your-pekingese-is-trying-to-warn-you/)
Maybe it's the psychic energy that dogs sense or their level of awareness if a ghost is present. Perhaps it is all our imagination. Clairvoyant and metaphysical expert Christine Agro tells us about older dogs, “As they release their hold on this world, their ability to see the other side deepens,” she said. “It’s a time [for you and your pet] to celebrate your life together and prepare yourself for their transition.”
I visited Hauntedamericantours.com where they talk of training dogs to be ghost hunters. Seriously, you can go there and learn about the different dogs they've trained to do this. Of course you have to believe that ghost hunters really find ghosts to believe that dogs trained as ghost hunters do too.
An article entitled "Do Animals see ghosts" on freakyfolktales.wordpress.com gives us yet another thing to think about,"A great many esteemed psychic researchers have performed experiments in haunted houses with cats and dogs, as well as with other animals, and have often found the animal to have been frightened." Why would the animals be frightened? Well, because they've seen a ghost of course.
Italian Physical Researcher Prof. Ernest Bozzano says that in twenty-three instances animals became aware of the ghostly presence before their human companions.
Do Dogs See Ghosts or Spirits?
Well, in summary, if you don't believe in ghosts or spirits you certainly won't believe dogs can see or sense them. If you do believe in ghosts and spirits, however, you must believe dogs can sense them. Unexplained canine behavior suddenly becomes explainable if a ghost or spirit is present and disturbing the dog. If a dog does sense a ghost or spirit, unlike humans, he won't try to rationalize what he's seeing. He will either watch it and keep an eye on it or he will be frightened and run away. There is no true thinking power involved it is more of a fight or flee reaction.
Most dogs, however, are our protectors and if we are in any danger, even from a ghost, they will protect us with their last breath. How many dogs have risked their lives for their masters?
Recent studies have shown that some animals see in ultraviolet. That means they can see things the human eye cannot. Our eyes block out UV wavelengths. According to Alicia Graef in her article "New Study Reveals Cats and Dogs Have Super Power Vision", "The ability to see ultraviolet light may serve a number of purposes for animals that range from helping them see at night and communicate with each other to helping them find food and avoid predators." Could we stretch this premise a bit further and say this is what causes dogs (and cats) to see ghosts? Their super sight in black and white with UV wavelengths could give them that extra boost.
As with any discussion there are two sides to every story. Any one who is good at debate can pick a side and prove it, or disprove it. So where does that leave us with our topic? Can dogs see ghosts or spirits? I would have to say the belief is up to the believer until we can prove anyone actually sees ghosts or spirits or disapprove anyone sees ghosts or spirits.
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