In less than a month, there have been two reports of Dogman sightings, one in its traditional Michigan stomping grounds and one in East Texas. Is Dogman becoming more active? Is it moving to a warmer climate? Does it have a new publicist? Who or what exactly is Dogman?
The Dogman is usually described as a bipedal humanoid creature with the head of a dog or wolf and the body of a man or hairy man-like beast. Stories of werewolves and doglike cryptids in Michigan date back to the late 1700s, according to Linda S. Godfrey, a Dogman researcher. She refers to it as an “upright canine” that’s a Dogman fulltime, not a shape-shifter.
It’s fully canine, walks on its hind legs, uses its forelimbs to carry chunks of … roadkill or deer carcasess. They have pointed ears on top of their heads. They have big fangs. They have bushy tails. They walk — most tellingly — digitgrade, or on their toe pads, as all canines do, and that’s something that a human in a fur suit really can’t duplicate.
Dogman sightings in Michigan and nearby states include an 1887 report by lumberjacks, a 1938 incident around the Muskegon River where a man was attacked by a dog walking on two legs and three sightings in 1993 and 1994 by a teenage boy in Grand Haven.
There are two famous hoaxes associated with the Dogman. A disc jockey in Traverse City recorded a song about a Dogman as an April Fool prank and got dozens of reports of sightings. In 2007, an 8mm film appeared of what appeared to be a Dogman taken in the 1970s. Called “The Gable Film,” it was proven to be a hoax.
This week, an unnamed man sent this picture to musician Dale Boswell taken in the woods of eastern Texas showing what he said is either a Bigfoot or a Dogman kneeling by a tree with a dead animal, possibly a small deer or a wild boar, over its shoulder.
Dogman? Bigfoot? Chupacabra? Werewolf? Hoax? Whatever it is, it’s not legitimate until there’s a reality show based on finding it.