Dogman of Southern California

Schedelsche Weltchronik -Man with a dog head.

Schedelsche Weltchronik -Man with a dog head.

With the Gable film and the Gable film 2 being a big story this year, rise in werewolf/Dogmen stories on the net are sure sign that this phenomenon is not going away anytime soon.

If you have not heard of the “Wisconsin Werewolf” stories, you should start by reading the interview we did with Linda Godfrey. She has been investigating claims of a large wolf like or werewolf life creature roaming the state of Wisconsin. As silly as that sounds, Linda has interviewed hundreds of witnesses that come from various backgrounds. All providing similar details of what they have seen.

Most likely, what they are seeing is a large/mutated wolf. Or pack of them. Nevertheless, there are people who claim that this canine looking creature is bipedal and looks humanoid. More can be read in Linda’s book “Hunting the American Werewolf“.

Cabinet of Wonders posted a story that was submitted to them from 2 guys out in Redlands, CA. They claim to have witnessed something canine/human like.

My mother lives in Redlands. A small under-developed city that resembles “Wine country”. Houses, malls and orange orchards make up the landscape of Redlands. Located about 60-80 miles east of L.A.

Read the account:

This is the true story of a canid creature my friend of mine and I believe we discovered/rediscovered.

It started I suppose last winter. Being in a particularly dry area of Southern California, It was to my great surprise when a friend of mine and I discovered a sizable lake just over a small ridge on a well traveled road in our area. We began exploration of the area, aided by Google Earth, which revealed a large number of lakes in the same vicinity. The lakes, as I was to later discover, were part of the valley’s flood control system, and hold water for much of the year.

During one of our explorations, we found something out of place. It was February, I believe, and after the rainy season, the grass had grown pretty tall on a ridge overlooking the first lake we found.

On this ridge we found a trail of very large foot prints. These prints were approaching two feet in length, with a very long stride (longer than that of my friend, who is 6’6”). We followed these prints for a good quarter mile before they disappeared into the chaparral.

From then on, we dubbed the creature “Lake Ape” and made many subsequent searches, to no avail (besides the discovery of several more lakes).

He decided to drive down the new side road alone one night (What made him do it, I don’t know. That road is terrifying at night.). He was nearing the first of the terraced hills when a figure crossed the road in front of him. He described it as a tall, dark, humanoid. It then climbed a 5-6 foot berm on the side of the road and disappeared in the direction of the hill.

We returned to the area the next day, and I reenacted the scene. From this, he determined that the creature must have been much taller than even he was to have looked taller than the berm from the distance that he saw it. I have to admit, I didn’t believe him at first, and thought that he was just making it up.

The following took place in the space of about two minutes:

While looking up at the trees, I noticed something much closer to us, standing in the field on the other side of the berm.

My thought process was actually quite comical. I first dismissed it as a bush, then kept looking up at the trees. I glanced at it again then thought it was a man- a very tall man. Then I looked at it longer and realized it was covered in brown hair. And, rather than the Sasquatch-like-creature I would have expected, it had a dog-like head (most comparable to a German shepherd).

I asked my friend, “Are you seeing this?”

And he said, “You mean that figure over there?”

There was a moment of silence in which the creature walked off to the left, to an area where the berm was too high to see over, and disappeared.

I believe we both shouted “OH SH**!” and sped off haha.
From then on, Lake Ape became “Dog Man.”
Both of our accounts of the creature matched up.
We agreed that it was:
-7-8 feet tall
-Was covered in brown fur
-Had a wide chest and muscular physique (body more akin to a man than Sasquatch’s is reported to be)
-Had a canine-like head, closely resembling a German Shepherd or other wolf-like dog, with large pointed ears

Full source: Cabinet of Wonders


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Interesting story, but of course, leading to a highly skeptical thought of the whole situation. “Dogmen” and “Werewolves” are creatures of sci-fi stories and legends. They don’t belong in the suburbs of the U.S.