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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Can Your Dog Sense The Supernatural?

A recent survey has found that 40% of dog owners believe that their dogs can sense ghosts, spirits and things that are beyond our plane or dimension. There are plenty of reasons to feel that dogs are ultra-sensitive too. They often have an extremely uncanny knack of comprehending human emotion. Many owners also feel that their dog is attuned to threatening presences, always on the lookout to try and protect them. So can dogs really sense the supernatural?

The Angel of Death

Psychologist Phyllis Brentzel documented her father’s dog, Maggie, an 8 year old beagle behaving strangely one day. Maggie, who would bark, but never howl, suddenly began howling frantically one morning. They couldn’t find anything wrong with her, or anything that might distress her. They even tried to distract Maggie from her howling, with games and dog treats, but still she continued.

After exhausting all possibilities to find an answer, Phyllis’s father told her that someone nearby was dying, the next-door neighbor. She had only recently moved in and was ill. Even though Maggie the Beagle had never met the neighbor, he believed that the dog could feel the Angel of Death approaching. After a couple of hours, the neighbor’s son, called by asking if there was anything to do about the constant howling, so in the end Phyllis’ father put Maggie in the basement. This certainly didn’t stop her. Maggie continued to howl until 6pm - the exact time that the woman next door died.

Was there a scientific explanation?

It is well documented that dogs know when someone is ill, or even dying. They also have an extremely accurate sense of smell and can detect when something isn’t right with the human body. They even have the incredible ability of being able to detect certain types of cancer, simply through smelling body odor and breath. It could be suggested that Maggie the Beagle could simply smell that the lady next door was ill, but from that distance, down in a basement, it would be nigh on impossible. There was something supernatural about Maggie’s behavior. The fact is that dogs can detect what can’t be seen. For instance, many owners go on holiday with their dog and visit historical places, such as old castles or cemeteries. When they get there, they find that the dog becomes frantic, whimpering and distressed, not wanting to enter. They are sensing that the place isn’t a happy one, and react accordingly.

Has your dog been behaving strangely?

If your dog is generally calm and placid, barking or howling at something might be very out of place. Perhaps they have been barking at what appears to be nothing. Or maybe they are obsessing with a certain area of the house or garden. Have you considered that there could be something supernatural underlying? With a little research, you might find that your dog is simply attuned to something that we can’t see.

Throughout history there are stories of dogs incredible sensitivity to the world around them. It is certainly possible that they can see things that their human owners cannot - an incredible canine sixth sense.


This is a contributed post by Jane Sandwood. Jane has been a freelance writer and editor for over 10 years. She writes for both digital and print across a wide variety of fields. Her main interest is exploring how people can improve their health and wellbeing in their everyday lives. When she isn't writing, Jane can often be found with her nose in a book, at the gym or just spending time with her family.

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