A ghostly black spaniel that for many years haunted Peel Castle in the Isle of MAN. It used to enter the guard room as soon as candles were lighted, and leave at daybreak. While this specter dog was present, the soldiers forbore all oaths and profane talk, but they always carried out their nightly duties of locking up and conveying the keys to the captain accompanied by one of their fellows. One night a drunken trooper, from bravado, performed the rounds alone but lost his speech and died in three days. The dog never appeared again.
During excavations in 1871 the bones of Simon Bishop of Sodor and Man (died 1247) were uncovered, with the bones of a dog at his feet. (there is more on this story if you search online)
Source: Brewer's dictionary of Phrase & Fable. 14th Edition.
Ghostly dogs how very interesting or maybe there is more to the other side than we can hope to imagine. After my little Mr Jonson died in July the year before last. (His photo is on my main page) and for a long time afterwards, I would still feel him snuggling his ghostly body next to mine on the bed. A year of mourning and I invited home two new dog companions to keep me company. Tess the little Kelpie x Border Collie seems to have adopted many of Mr Jonson's characteristics. She often acts out similar nuances that belonged to Mr Jonson. He was a delicate little man and Tess has proven to be the same. She also sleeps in the same place on the bed that Jonson did, and nuzzles me the same way each morning.
I'd like to think Tess has tuned in to Jonson's energy. The residue of the once living that never is lost nor forgotten in the universe...or does she feel (sees) Jonson in my aura. Maybe my little sweetheart, speaks to her from the other realm, in doggie language, in an effort to send me a message...'I am still here and still close to you.' I'd like to think so...
Has anyone else had a ghostly animal experience - I'd love your thoughts and stories.