July 15, 12:46 PM
The Michigan Dog Man is a local cryptid that was popularized in 1987 by DJ Jack O'Malley and his production manager Steve Cook of WTCM radio. The two men invented the Dog Man (or thought they did) by cobbling together various legends (like the New Jersey Devil and the Boggy Creek Monster), and then wrote a song about him that they played as a prank on their show.
To both men's shock and surprise, reports of actual sightings of the Michigan Dog Man started to pour in almost immediately after broadcasting the prank. Looking into the sightings a bit more seriously, the two men discovered that such reports had been taking place in and around
Numerous people who report seeing the Dog Man describe a moment in which a creature who looks like a very unusual and very large dog suddenly stands upright and seems to transform itself into a cross between a dog and a man right before their eyes. Such transformations are typical of shape shifters.
Another kind of shape shifting creature that haunts certain parts of
Other paranormal researchers explain the appearance of the large black cats as being a manifestation of a creature that can inhabit both imagination and physical reality at the same time or shift back and forth between them, depending on conditions.
In other words, a shape shifter of this kind is part supernatural entity, but also has physical mass and physical characteristics when it wants to manifest them.
While all of this may seem incredible and strange, it's worth noting that mainstream folklorists like
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So hairy human, shape shifter or imagination? I am sceptical of the shape shifter idea and think mistaken identity or hairy human is the culprit but as usual am always prepared to be proved wrong.