044 Ghost Pets

Three dogs in ghost costumes

Do Ghost Pets Exist?

Do ghost pets exist? In Ghostly’s forty-fourth episode, Pat and Rebecca explore ghost pets. Many owners claim to have experienced visits from their pets after death. From sounds to noises and even physical manifestations, ghost pet stories seem to be very common. But are they real?

Questions Explored in this Episode

What is the history of pets? How many pets are there in the United States? How many are there around the world? Why did humans start to keep pets? After we lose a pet, why do we sometimes experience visits from them? What do people claim to experience from ghost pets? Are ghost pet visits real?

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Listener Mail and Questions

Listener mail this episode is a ghost pet story from a listener. Have a spooky story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com or leave a voicemail at 630-448-2138 and we might read it on the podcast. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!

Ghost Story – Ghost Pets

Listen to Rebecca tell the story of a family that moved into a house and found an unexpected ghostly cat addition.

History of Pets

Pat tells the history of pets. Pets are popular all of the world, especially in the United States where 68% of households have pets and in China where they spend 25 billion on their pets annually. Dogs were the first domesticated animals, but we also have had cats, birds, and horses for thousands of years.

Bonus Interview

Hear an interview from Rebecca’s friend Stacey about her own ghost cat experience. It’s an interesting “tail”. And then listen to the follow up voicemail that makes it all the creepier!

The Debate – Ghost Pets

Rebecca offers three stories of ghost pets. One is the legend of the Blue Ghost Dog, one of the earliest ghost stories in the United States. Another is from a woman who explains she and her husband can still hear their dog who passed away – his bark and his nails on the floor. Lastly is a common story for ghost cats. A woman feels a cat walk on her bed, knead a spot, and lay down right by her, but she doesn’t own a cat.  

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet
Keen.com: https://www.keen.com/articles/psychic/fluffy-is-that-you-essential-facts-about-animal-ghost-encounters
Ranker: https://www.ranker.com/list/pets-who-returned-as-ghosts/scottmarcano
MercuryNews: https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/26/scary-pet-ghost-stories/
No Dog About It Blog: https://nodogaboutit.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/my-ghost-cat/

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

Special thanks to our friend Stacey for sharing her story. We appreciate it very much.