Green Charter township, in Mecosta county, a man named Robert Fortney is camping along the Muskegon river when a pack of wild dogs close in on him.
Fortney remained silent, but the sensitive noses of the dogs quickly picked up his scent. Since he had been small game hunting earlier in the day, Fortney had his loaded rifle nearby.
As the dogs approached, they assumed the group posture of a pack on a hunt. Fortney picked up the gun and fired a shot into the air.
The dogs cringed and turned to slink back into the forest, all accept one: a huge black dog with unusual eyes.
“They were blue,” said Fortney. “What kind of dog has blue eyes?” The big dog and Fortney considered each other for a long moment, less than ten feet separating them. Fortney fired another shot over the head of the strange dog. Then to Fortney’s shock and amazement, the black dog stood up on two legs and cast a glare that sent shivers down his spine.
“It reared up on its hind legs and stared at me,” said Fortney in a phone interview in 1987. “It may be that I was just scared, but I swear that dog was smiling at me.”
This detail of a Dogman seeming to smile is common to the legend of the Michigan Dogman and seems to suggest that the creature has a devious, calculating demeanor.
A cool summer mornin’ in early June is when the legend began,….At a nameless logging camp in Wexford County where the Manistee River ran. ….Eleven lumberjacks near the Garland Swamp found an animal they thought was a dog.
….In a playful mood they chased it around …’til it ran inside a hollow log….. A logger named Johnson grabbed him a stick and poked around inside… Then the thing let out an unearthly scream and came out …and stood upright. .
..None of those men ever said very much about whatever happened then. ….They just packed up their belongings and left that night and were never heard from again.
This is how Steve Cook’s “The Legend” begins and it is touted as the first Michigan Dogman sighting. Since the airing of the Steve cook song, there have been over 500 Wolfman/Dogman sightings.
For me, the Gable film was one of the most intriguing pieces of crytozoological footage, I had ever seen. The 8mm film was alleged to have been purchased at an estate sale by an anonymous source. The footage was digitized and surfaced on the Internet in 2007.
The footage showed normal, everyday scenes of a family living a pleasant, rural lifestyle, riding snowmobiles, chopping wood, and working on trucks. Judging from the style of clothing and models of the vehicles, the footage appears to have been shot in the late 60’s to early 70’s.
The film soon takes a dark turn. The filmmakers are driving down a two track when they see something skulking by the tree line. They stop the car to get a better look. They get out of their vehicle only to be charged by this strange creature. It never gets up on two legs, but it is clearly a large, weird looking creature that has canid features. There are a few frames in this sequence that show a set pointy, canine teeth.
A second piece of footage is released and its contents were gory. It depicts Michigan state troopers documenting a bloody carcass. It appears to be the same man who is seen in the other piece of footage, except he is torn in have. One can only assume that this film is the property of the Michigan State Police and I don’t recall it ever being explained how this footage was released.
Like most things that are too good to be true, this alleged footage of a dogman murder was a well-crafted fake. Monster Quest interviewed the creature Mike Agrusa, where he explains in great detail how he had hoaxed the film.
There are two stories behind the 2004 Onaway, MI dogman photo, but both involve a young boy taking the picture in his families mini-van.
The first story involves the family hunting deer with relitives. With their kills gutted, the family climbs into their minivan to leave. The boy takes his seat in the back of the van. As the van rolled away, the boy turned around to see a huge, werewolf like creature standing over the gut pile and growling. He quickly grabbed his camera and snapped the picture.
The Second story involves the family pulling into a rest stop where they were going to take a break from their late night commute. As they came to a stop, they looked out the back window to see the fearsome creature baring its teeth and walking towards the van. The kid snapped the photo before they sped away into the night.
The Creature looks more like a bear than a wolf in my opinion and there are plenty of bears in northern Michigan. It is, none the less, a creepy photo. Tell me what you think it is in the comments.
In the Steve Cook song “The Legend”, There is mention of hippies encountering a dogman. It goes like this…
In ’67 a van-load of hippies, told a park-ranger named Quinlinn, they’d been awakened in the night by a scratch at the window, there was a dogman looking in and grinning.
This is allegedly a true encounter with a dogman happening along the Muskegon river in Michigan, however, reports of it are non-existant on the internet.
One very similar account, happened down in arkensas back in October of 72. This is recounted by Pam and involves her husband, brother, and her two sleeping babies being terrorized by a wolfman while camping out of ther Volswagon van.
He started the engine and that’s when, in the glow from the headlights, we could see a hairy THING, 10 feet away and coming toward the van!
As it got closer, its silver-tipped hairs glistened in the light. It had a greyish streak from its shoulders down its back, to its buttocks. The creature was walking on 2 legs, was around 7 or 8 feet tall, had a barrel-chest, and skinny legs. It never gave us a good view of its eyes, so I can’t tell you what they looked like. I COULD see that the face was not ape-like. It was dog-like. Its ears had tufts of fur on top of them and it was very human-like in its movements and general body structure.
It moved smoothly and quickly, around to the back of the van where it followed the base of the ridge, away from us. That’s when it let out a menacing “Huff” and a low, rumbling growl, like a dog.
In 1998 a young man named Jacob was driving to a construction job with his crew when they noticed something very big lying by the side of the road
At first, they thought it was a bear but as they studied the thing, they realized it was something completely outside the animal kingdom.
In an interview, Jacob described the creature as “built to kill”. It lips were curled back revealing huge pointy teeth, and hands, not paws, but human like hands with claws are sharp as knifes.
With blood pouring out of its mouth, the group actually debated putting it in the back of their truck and bringing it back into town but Jacob was addament that it was too heavy. They came up with the idea to come back and check on it after they were done at the jobsite. But when they came back, it was gone.
Later that week, Jacob’s house was attacked. It started when Jacob and a member of his family heard howls coming from the distance. Something very large then rammed into the side of their mobile home, almost turning it over. Jacob thinks that it was the same creature that they had seen at the side of the road. That is had picked up his scent, thought that maybe Jacob had been behind hurting the creature, and came for it’s revenge.