October Newsletter: Of Black Dogs

Of Black Dogs

Glenda Bonham


Did you see it? That darting movement from the corner of your eye? Was it real? Of course, it was. Why do we always try to deny it? Why do we rationalize it to be a shadow or something else we understand?

This is the time of the thinning of the veil; from the last of the Dog Days of Summer until All Souls Day. It comes like clockwork each autumn. We even celebrate All Hallows Eve, but deny our own eyes. The veil between the living and the dead is thinning as you read this. The other side is moving closer to us – accept it.

It starts with a small shadow from the side of your vision that vanishes before you can focus on it. You always do a double-take, but can’t see it clearly. Those are the Black Dogs running through the veil.

Sometimes in the hush of your own home, you can hear the faint scratching of their nails on hard surfaces. Yes, they are very much around you this time of year. Have you ever caught a slight glimpse of a dark dog curled up on your sofa, or in a chair? Of course, it really is there; the veil slipped for a split second. Have you felt a light brush of something on your arm and felt the hair stand up? Your hair was reacting to an energy force you can’t see. It means a Black Dog is near.

Black dogs are often associated with lonely stretches of road, crossroads, churches, and places people have been executed. They’re most clearly seen near water, by night. No one knows why. Folklore for centuries has been filled with tales of the Black Dogs. Paranormal research pioneers have just started proving the coming of Black Dogs in autumn. Some paranormal theorists say these are spirits of your own pets returning for a visit.

Have you been visited by a Black Dog before?

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