A legend in Michigan, USA, tells of this bizarre wolf-like creature that is said to appear in Northern Michigan on July 7th of the 7th year of each
decade. It has been part of local folklore for years, however it is generally believed that the Dogman is nothing more than an urban myth.
This is quoted from UM's own A-Z Glossary. Here's the link.UM's A-Z Glossary
Sightings and stories of the dog man
"Fear gripped Robert Fortney as he shot and killed one of five dogs that lunged at him as he stood on the banks of the Muskegon River in 1938,"
wrote Sheila Wissner in the Record-Eagle on April 25, 1987. "But fear escalated to cold terror as the only dog that didn't run off reared up on its
hind legs and stared at Fortney with slanted, evil eyes and the hint of a grin." Wissner said the man from Cadillac, Michigan, found himself
recalling that traumatic incident when he listened to "The Legend." Fortney's encounter took place near Paris, Mecosta County, which lies about
halfway between Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay. Although Fortney said he "wouldn't want to call it a dogman," neither did he know WHAT to call the
black canid that fearlessly locked eyeballs with him.
An ending to the tale wasn't reported, but evidently the creature and the human finally backed off from one another, since Fortney lived to tell the
tale some forty-nine years later. Wissner also interviewed a history buff from Manistee County, Michigan, which borders Lake Michigan in the northern
third of the state. The "buff," Clarence Gillispie, had collected several stories of dogman sightings in that county. Gillispie told Wissner that he
heard one story from an old lumberman who had gotten it from two friends of his. Gillispie was able to record the gist of their story.
They had been fishing near Manistee on Claybank Lake one day just as the sun was setting, when an animal swimming toward their boat caught their
attention. Taking it to be a coon hound that one of them owned, they ignored it until it got close. It was at that point the two men realized that the
"swimmer" had a dog's head and a man's body! The men, very frightened, did the natural thing and began to row away. Fast. But to escape, they
first had to emulate former President Jimmy Carter's famous "club the swimming rabbit" maneuver (Carter was also in a boat when "attacked" by a
dripping cottontail near the end of his term...who knew rabbits could swim?) and whop the creature a few times with an oar.
Like Carter, they managed to keep it from climbing into the boat with them, and made their escape. The reporter did contact one of these men but he
would not talk to her about it, insisting that he didn't know what it was he saw, and that he "didn't want to go into it."
In the weeks that followed April Fool's Day, Cook's song became the most requested title on WTCM radio, bested only by the immortal Ray Stevens Hit,
"Would Jesus Wear a Rollex on His TV Show?" Cook said he chose to use the word "dogman" instead of "wolfman" because it sounded more familiar
Other dogman sightings occurred in Manistee County and Luther, a small town in northern Michigan.woods of Newspapers around the country picked up the
story. Paul Harvey spoke of the Michigan Dog-Man in his news and comments, and people from as far away as Germany clamored for copies of the song.
Back in Luther, bartender Cavender told Mencarelli that although a few brave people drove out to the town of Baldwin, they later confessed they were
too frightened to leave their cars.
The Dog Man lives on.
A quote from one of the men who investigated the canine break-in at the cabin near Luther was added to the beginning of a new version of The Legend
released on CD the year the creature was prophesied to return, 1997. Cook later said that almost simultaneously with the CD's release, strange
coincidences began. In Kingsley, Ellsworth, Gaylord and Cross Village, said Cook, farmers began reporting numbers of small livestock snatched and
"gone missing" overnight. In 2002, the station issued another CD, this time of their annual broadcast of spooky Halloween stories called The
Haunting of Northwest Michigan. This was their fifteenth anniversary edition, and it contained five stories. The first was an expanded version of The
Legend, and the other four were well-told ghost tales that were revealed as fiction at the end of the CD. However, the cut containing The Legend was
declared to be entirely true.
This is quoted from the Weird Michigan site. Here's a link.Weird Michigan Monsters. There is lots moer info here.
Cheyenne Dog Men/Dog Soldiers
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