Have you ever caught your dog barking at nothing? Does he get startled, or whine for seemingly no reason? While many of us have been trained to be dismissive of anything paranormal, dogs are receptive to any signals that come their way. And with their heightened senses of hearing, sight, smell and touch, they pick up on far more than we do.
It is said that ghosts, as described by people who profess to have seen them, appear as semi-transparent forms that resemble the bodies they once occupied. Some apparitions can be perceived by people through their peripheral vision. Compared to humans, dogs have a sense of smell that is 1,000 to 10,000 times more sensitive and can hear sounds four times further away. This, experts believe, means the afterlife is much more obvious to our canine counterparts.
Author Peggy Schmidt, who wrote “Tails of the Afterlife,” describes a woman who left seven dogs and six cats when she passed away. Witnesses have described seeing the animals gather in one spot, cats arching their backs and purring, and dogs rolling over to get their bellies rubbed. They sit at attention and stare at the air before returning to their activities.
Most dogs do not try to deny what they are feeling or over-analyze, as humans would. They simply react to what they sense. For dogs, “sensing the supernatural is natural because they don’t judge it,” said psychologist Marti Miller on www.animalplanet.com. “People could see auras or spirits, but they either don’t believe they exist, or think that if they do exist, we could not see them.” Animal Planet has a show called “The Haunted” that has episodes with examples of family dogs, and other animals, reacting to spirits.
Have you seen any evidence of spiritual interaction, in your own dog or other pets? The online blog “Dead Conversations” outlines some ways to determine whether your dog is seeing ghosts:
- Their eyes and ears will follow something with great interest
- Their attention will be harder to get
- There will be a brief but perceptible pause as the dog leaves the spiritual communication mode
- He will bark at the spirit, and that bark will indicate what type of interaction is taking place. It can be playful, territorial or fearful. If the dog barks at the spirit, then at you, he is trying to act as a translator. The spirit has a message for you that your dog is trying to relay.
- He will speak to the spirit. Long strings of vocalization that take place without looking at you indicate a friendly exchange between the spirit and the dog.
- He may dig after interacting with a spirit. “Dogs that dig vigorously after speaking to spirits are doing so under the spirit’s direction,” the blog says. “I have seen dogs dig where homeowners later have found items they’ve pined over for years.”
There are no definitive answers to determine whether ghosts actually exist, or if your dog can see them. Maybe they are simply barking at the air. Do you think your dog has interacted with spirits? Have you seen evidence of it? Let us know!