Friday, October 30, 2015

Dog Ghosts

Tales of ghostly dogs.
Not this kind...

...more like this kind.

Dog ghosts just aren't very scary.  According to first hand reports, canine apparitions bark, pant and lick people, behaving pretty much as they did in life.

Rudolph Valentino's dog 
It's rumored that when Valentino, a great lover of dogs, died in a New York hospital on August 23, 1926, his dog Kabar, who was in Los Angeles, sensed the moment of death and let out an unearthly howl. Kabar lived three more years.  A lavish ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park when the dog was laid to rest. Kabar haunts the grounds and from time to time, can be seen inside the walls of the cemetery, pretty much doing what dogs do.

Valentino with Kabar who haunts a
pet cemetery in Los Angeles.

Johnny Morehouse and his dog
Johnny Morehouse and his dog haunt the Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.  In l860,  five year old Johnny fell into the Erie canal. Despite his faithful dog's efforts to pull him out, Johnny died.  After the boy was buried, the dog maintained a vigil at the grave site, refusing food and water. The dog soon died from a broken heart (or dehydration and starvation).   The special stone in which the large dog grieves over the dead child is usually decorated with trinkets, candy and dog toys.  Reunited beyond the grave, Johnny and his dog roam the cemetery at night.
Neil from the Topper series
On a lighter note, Neil, the martini-loving Saint Bernard from the Topper movie of  1937 and subsequent television series (1953-1955), along with his people,  George and Marion Kerby, were friendly ghosts who haunted the home of the sophisticated and stuffy Cosmo Topper. 


  1. Spot on post for Halloween. We laughed at the first picture. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. That was a fun post and love the little boy story.
    After I lost my cat, I would swear I could feel him jump on the bed and lay down with me, who knows, lol.


  3. Lovely post! Love the picture of the little girl with her dog-ghost friend......