Friday, October 30, 2015

Dog Ghosts

Tales of ghostly dogs.
Not this kind...

...more like this kind.

Dog ghosts just aren't very scary.  According to first hand reports, canine apparitions bark, pant and lick people, behaving pretty much as they did in life.

Rudolph Valentino's dog 
It's rumored that when Valentino, a great lover of dogs, died in a New York hospital on August 23, 1926, his dog Kabar, who was in Los Angeles, sensed the moment of death and let out an unearthly howl. Kabar lived three more years.  A lavish ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park when the dog was laid to rest. Kabar haunts the grounds and from time to time, can be seen inside the walls of the cemetery, pretty much doing what dogs do.

Valentino with Kabar who haunts a
pet cemetery in Los Angeles.

Johnny Morehouse and his dog
Johnny Morehouse and his dog haunt the Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.  In l860,  five year old Johnny fell into the Erie canal. Despite his faithful dog's efforts to pull him out, Johnny died.  After the boy was buried, the dog maintained a vigil at the grave site, refusing food and water. The dog soon died from a broken heart (or dehydration and starvation).   The special stone in which the large dog grieves over the dead child is usually decorated with trinkets, candy and dog toys.  Reunited beyond the grave, Johnny and his dog roam the cemetery at night.
Neil from the Topper series
On a lighter note, Neil, the martini-loving Saint Bernard from the Topper movie of  1937 and subsequent television series (1953-1955), along with his people,  George and Marion Kerby, were friendly ghosts who haunted the home of the sophisticated and stuffy Cosmo Topper. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Prehistoric Canine Burials

My article about prehistoric canine burials, Digging Up Bones, was published in the Winter 2014 edition of The Bark magazine.

"Dogs have been buried more often than any other animal: singly, with other dogs, near people and with people. This ancient practice was a global phenomenon, one that crossed nearly all cultural boundaries. Precisely why dogs were buried may never be clearly understood, but the universality of the practice suggests it may be embedded in the human psyche and according, is a fundamental part of the human/dog connection."

Modern research techniques applied to prehistoric bones suggest it wasn't all sacrificial killing. Rather like us, some ancient people just loved their dogs.
In 2006, dogs were found in a thousand year old
pet cemetery near Lima, Peru. Many had
separate plots near their people and were buried
with food and blankets. Read more.
These are other posts about ancient dog burials: