Can dogs see Ghosts?

When thinking of the paranormal or supernatural eventually we start to wonder if animals can see ghosts and more specifically can dogs see ghosts? I will be discussing the heightened senses of dogs, and their reactions to perceived paranormal activity.

According to Animal Planet dogs have keen hearing, exceptional scent receptors in their noses, and sight that means small movements catch their attention.  As the owner of two Jack Russell Terriers I can tell you that all of these are true. I have one JRT that has exceptional eyesight and hearing and his loud, sharp bark in response to a snow flake floating by the living room window is both deafening and startling.

Jack Russell Terrier
Can dogs see ghosts–My dog Daisy with an evil look

Did you know that dogs sense of smell is between 1,000 to 10,000 times more sensitive than ours?  Or that they can hear, not only a cheese wrapper at 100 feet, but at much higher frequencies and up to four times the distance of a human with normal hearing? Dogs are amazing, and so are their senses. After all dogs can smell cancer in humans, and sense impending thunder storms, tsunami’s, and seizures.

Can dogs see ghosts?

Some say that it is those heightened senses that makes it seem like dogs are reacting to ghosts. I know that my dogs will react to my energy. For example, I know that my dogs will go nuts when I begin to vacuum, and because I find that annoying, I give off a different energy before I even remove my Dyson from the closet. My dogs sense this and get amped up. Maybe the change in energy is felt by any dog accompanying a someone who visiting a supposedly haunted space.  Could that change in energy output be the cause of dogs raising their hair, growling, or staring at seemingly nothing?

Pet psychologist Marti Miller based in Austin, Texas, has said “Dogs don’t judge what is going on in the environment. While our own minds start to analyze what is happening, dogs don’t do that.” In other words, dogs don’t ignore what they sense because they are trying to convince themselves that they aren’t seeing an aura, an orb, or a ghost. Miller also said “The simple answer is, we don’t know that dogs see ghosts or spirits.” She adds though “If you observe a dog standing in the corner, barking at nothing visible, then there’s a pretty good chance that he’s barking at an entity, spirit, or energy that doesn’t belong there.”

As Dogster explains, “According to anthropologists Frederic Laugrand and Jarich Oostent, Inuit communities in the Arctic believed dogs to have a number of unusual powers and properties. Different cultures believe that some dog breeds can exorcise spirits, while others believe that dogs can see death, and guide the departing spirits to the next world.

To conclude I don’t know whether dogs can see ghosts, but if you believe in ghosts, it’s not a far off idea to believe that dogs can perceive them. I know that when I hear a strange noise, I don’t give it a second thought if my dogs don’t react.

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What are Ghost Orbs?

When you are curious about the paranormal you will eventually hear of ghost orbs.  What are ghost orbs?  I am going to try to answer that question in this article. I will discuss photographed orbs and different colored orbs and what they mean.


What are ghost orbs?

What are ghost orbs? According to the Paranormal Encyclopedia is defined as “an anomalous globe-shaped spot, either white or colored, that shows up in photographs taken at allegedly haunted locations.”

Photographed Orbs

Orbs that are captured in photographs appear as white, gold, green, blue, or red circles of light. What these orbs actually are is hotly debated. Those that believe in ghost orbs will say that an orb is the manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person. Skeptics will say that an orb is an out of focus drop of moisture or a fleck of dust. It is worth pointing out that photographed orbs seem to appear in areas that report other forms of paranormal activity first.

Colored Orbs

Clear orbs may be a sign of an entity attempting to communicate. It is claimed that the orb is letting the living know that an important event happened in that location, or that a spirit needs help to move on.

White or Silver orbs are associated with spirituality and a connection to a higher power. White energy is thought to be positive energy, and therefore some believe that orbs of white or silver are offering protection. As with clear orbs it is thought by some that white or silver orbs indicate a spirit that is stuck, and requires help to move on.

Black or Brown orbs are seen as warnings. Some feel that the orbs themselves are of a dark or evil nature. While others believe they state that an area is dangerous and should only be examined in a cautious manner, and if your “spidey sense tingles,” you should leave.

Blue orbs are spiritually associated with truth and psychic energy. As a result of that association many believe that blue orbs are a spiritual guides. Blue orbs provide comfort to those that believe in them.

What are ghost orbs?

Green orbs are associated with nature. In spiritual practice the color is associated with the heart.  Green orbs are thought to be human spirits, perhaps ones that had a close connection to or love of nature.

Red or Orange orbs are believed to be protectors.  They could be manifestations of a human spirit that was in charge of care taking, or guarding while they were alive. Believers in ghost orbs do not associate the color with the often deeply felt emotions of passion and anger.

Bring It Home Now

So, what are ghost orbs? They are a hot topic in the paranormal investigation field. The paranormal field has members that believe in ghost, spirits, and orbs, but it also has skeptics working in it as well.  I even find myself wanting to believe and thinking that the world would be so much more interesting if the paranormal exists, yet I still want definitive proof.  The existence of orbs has yet to be proven scientifically but I like to think they just might be one day. Either way the world of the paranormal gives us many interesting and spooky stories and I am always intrigued.


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What is a Ghost?

There are different theories about what a ghost is. One theory is that a ghost is the spirit of a dead person. Another is that a ghost is the residue of an event that occurred in that environment. The third theory is that ghosts are a figment of the imagination.  I, myself am not sure what they are but I do love a good ghost story, especially a spooky ghost story.

So…what is a ghost?

When it comes to the most common theory, of a ghost being the spirit of a dead person there are sub-theories that try to explain why a ghost may exist. Perhaps a person died under suspicious circumstances, or had unfinished business and until the spirit receives justice (in the case of a murder) or has someone finish what they need doing, the spirit will not rest in peace or crossover.

My favourite ghost stories are the ones that are shared on television shows such as Paranormal State, Dead Files, Ghost Hunters, Most Haunted, and Celebrity Ghost Stories. Some of these programs are no longer in production but can always be found online. Check them out, let me know what you liked or disliked.

Personally, I would love to see one (I think I would anyway). There are a ton of movies about ghosts. There is an independent movie I really like called “Lake Mungo” If you like found footage and a creepy story. You need to watch it!



Did we answer the question “what is a ghost?” What are your ideas about ghosts? Do you believe in them? Have you had a paranormal experience? If you would like to add to the conversation then please add a comment.

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Bill and the Other Half

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