Dogmen, human-canine hybrids—similar, to werewolf descriptions—have always had their place in paranormal and cryptozoological lore. However, they are being reported in North America more and more frequently. They are described thusly:
- Hairy, bipedal, although sometimes seen on four legs
- 7 ½ feet tall when standing on two legs. On four legs, 4 feet in height
- Powerfully built chest and upper body
- Dog-like head, often described as a “German shepherd head”
- Menacing red eyes are often reported
- Seem to be malevolent in nature
A “Typical” Encounter
A notable account was first reported to Lon Strickler and appeared in his Phantom and Monsters blog. The sighting occurred in Point Pleasant, WV on January 2014. Around 11:00 pm, a woman was smoking a cigarette on her enclosed porch when she noticed the neighborhood dogs were barking much more than normal. She looked down the street and noticed a large figure that appeared to be wearing a hooded sweatshirt. After closer examination, it was not a sweatshirt, but rather, thick dark-colored fur. The figure was about 6 feet tall—it was an upright canine—a dogman.
According to the witness, the creature had a head that closely resembled that of a German shepherd. Fortunately, the monster ran off as a car approached; it ran very fast.
As bizarre and disturbing as this account was, there is an aspect that makes the encounter even more terrifying—the creature’s eyes. The beast locked eyes with the woman and this had a strange effect upon her. She said that it felt as if the monster’s eyes were “drawing her in.”
Without a doubt, the most famous dogman is the Beast of Bray Road. The Beast of Bray road was first reported in the 1930s in Wisconsin. The creature was brought to the attention of the general public by renenowned paranormal/cryptozoology author Linda Godfrey. Godfrey was a newspaper reporter covering a rash of sightings in the 1980s and 1990s; she went on to pen The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf.
Also famous, is the Michigan Dogman, first reported in 1887. The Michigan dogman supposedly appears in ten-year cycles and sightings that mostly occur in the Lower Peninsula. In 1987, the Michigan Dogman legend was revived by disc jockey Steve Cook.
What are they?
What are dogmen? An upright canine, 7-feet-tall—the physiology doesn’t work. Something else must be at play:
- Many cryptozoologists, especially “Bigfooters,” believe dogmen are simply mistaken sasquatches.
- Others believe something paranormal or supernatural is at work. Perhaps these beings are accessing our world through “portals.”
- The uptick in sightings could also be the “recency effect”—the principle in which the most recently presented items or experiences will most likely be remembered best.
I personally believe all of the above are in play. I also think that when an actually flesh-and-blood animal is behind a dogman encounter, it can be explained by a small population of out-of-place kangaroos. As crazy as it sounds, out-of-place kangaroos fit the bill in many ways:
- Standing on two legs, kangaroos can be as tall, or taller, than a human
- Pointed ears, tails, and elongated snouts appear dog-like.
- Kangaroos have frightening claws
- Kangaroos have powerfully built chests and muscular arms—characteristics often attributed to dogmen
- When artificial light hits a kangaroo’s eyes, they appear red
One of the best examples of an out-of-place kangaroo took place in 1974 in Chicago. After discovering a loose kangaroo in the city, police officers corralled it in an alley. However, the animal escaped after becoming aggressive. The following month, a kangaroo, presumably the same one, was spotted in Indiana. A kangaroo was seen by a man in Illinois in 1976. Perhaps it was the mischievous escapee from Chicago that got loose more than a year earlier. At any rate, the witness called the police to report the incident, but they failed to locate the fugitive.
In Linda Godfrey, in her latest book Monsters Among Us, suggests that strange creatures—paranormal in nature— such as dogmen, may be able to temporarily access our world through some sort of “portal.”
- An example of this would be the infamous Skinwalker Ranch in Utah. Coincidentally, or maybe not, large bipedal wolf-like creature have been spotted at the ranch.
- Nephilim Chronicles author Fritz Zimmerman has suggested that many Indian burial mounds, particularly those where the remains of giant skeletons have been recovered, may indeed be portals. In my latest book, I link much of the “high strangeness” in the Ohio Valley and Kanawha Valley to burial mounds.
Portals may be the best explanation for many of these creatures; perhaps portals are linked with burial mounds. Strange activity near burial mounds was described by Butch Witkowski, director and founder of the UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania, in an appearance on The Existence of Strange Things, an internet radio show, in December 2017. Witkowski spoke at length of 8–10-foot-tall, bipedal, wolf-like creatures that were being spotted in Pennsylvania in an area that has several burial mounds. The beings that Witkowski described, in my opinion, can only be paranormal, nothing flesh-and-blood fits the profile.
So, what say you? What are dogmen? What is behind the uptick in sightings?