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Legends revisited: the Michigan 'Dogman'

Posted on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments

Sightings of the Dogman have been reported for over a century. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Angell Williams
Sightings of mysterious bipedal canines have been hitting the headlines in Michigan for over 100 years.
One of the more unusual cryptozoological mysteries, the Dogman is said to be a strange bipedal hominid with the head of a dog and the body of a man. First reported as far back as 1887, sightings of creatures resembling the description of the Dogman have been pouring out of Michigan and other neighboring states ever since.

One particularly intriguing spate of sightings took place between 1993 and 1994 and involved a young man named Ben who was said to have witnessed one of the creatures on three separate occasions around Grand Haven.

One of the encounters took place while he was walking along a trail in Hofma Nature Preserve with four friends. The group had passed a bridge near the center of the reserve when they heard a sound nearby and witnessed a strange animal.

"I thought it was just a dog walking along, then it stood up on its hind legs," said Ben. "One of its feet gripped a branch on the tree. Our eyes met and we just stared at each other for about five minutes, then it ran off."

The second incident took place outside Ben's family home, he had gone outside to start his mother's car when a large creature reared up from behind the vehicle. Crying out in terror, Ben observed the beast leaping away and disappearing in to the brush.

The third and final encounter took place in 1994 when Ben and his cousin had been walking towards the beach in the dark. They had spotted a deer in a clearing and had stopped to watch it when a large dog-like creature emerged from the scrub, grabbed the deer in its jaws and carried it off in to the darkness.

As with any cryptozoological creature, evidence for the existence of the Dogman is thin on the ground. Whether or not there really is a large creature stalking the wilds of Michigan it is likely that reports and sightings, much like the legend itself, will endure for many more years to come.

Source: Grand Haven Tribune | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by CRYSiiSx2 on 18 September, 2013, 3:16
I've lived my entire life here in Michigan. Can't say I've ever seen this Dogman...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ever After on 18 September, 2013, 4:54
I have come to believe that creatures such as these are demons. Another example would be the Mothman. I believe it's a possibility, but then a lot of other questions come to mind. If it's a demon what exactly does it do out in the wild as opposed to simply hunting for food? Aren't they suppposed to do the devils bidding? Well...there are humans out there living in the woods and under bridges. I bet there are all kinds of odd humans out there, I guess there are all kinds of demonic entities out there too. Edit: Because I can't see the smiley faces on UM mobile so I tried guessing them and it di... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Lava_Lady on 18 September, 2013, 6:01
The story is cool but like any other creatures out there we can't verify its existence, it's just that: cool story. IMO Edit: my keyboard hates me Yeah, I love stories like this. Someone needs to make another NON-twilight type of werewolf/vampire movie. Once again, emphasizing NON-twilight.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 18 September, 2013, 7:53
I think this should be in the Two-Legged Dogman database.
Comment icon #12 Posted by kapow53 on 26 September, 2013, 0:20
Well, there could be one, we don't know for sure. On the other hand, the people who claimed they say them were lying. We don't really know. But still, cool topic. Monster Quest did a show on this and many of the witnesses took polygraphs, it's a good show.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Overdueleaf on 26 September, 2013, 1:05
Monster Quest did a show on this and many of the witnesses took polygraphs, it's a good show. passing a polygraph doesnt equate to the existance of dogmen though.... it just shows that these people believed what they saw was the dogman .. and we all know how reliable eyewitness testimony is especially underhigh stress circumstances
Comment icon #14 Posted by Insanity on 26 September, 2013, 1:18
Monster Quest did a show on this and many of the witnesses took polygraphs, it's a good show. Unfortunately the polygraph is not a reliable method to determine the validity of someone's statement. If the person being tested has no training in countermeasures, it can discriminate truth from lies somewhat above chance, but still below perfection. Polygraph countermeasures can be as simple as getting a decent night's of rest, going to the testing calm and being confident. In several countries outside the U.S. it is inadmissible as evidence in court.
Comment icon #15 Posted by QuiteContrary on 26 September, 2013, 2:56 Where is Sakari when you need him?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rafterman on 28 September, 2013, 11:52
I have come to believe that creatures such as these are demons. Another example would be the Mothman. I tend to think that it is just a misidentified Bigfoot.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Rafterman on 28 September, 2013, 11:54 Where is Sakari when you need him? It does follow a similar and very familiar pattern, doesn't it?

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