Don’t Walk Your Dog Here

Prior to the internet, most of my knowledge about the paranormal came from books, articles, magazines and journals. I read everything I could about UFOs, aliens, demons, ghosts, monsters, legends and even abnormalities in animal behaviour. There are cases about domestic pets that crossed hundreds of miles to reunite with family, know when their owner is coming home or alert when a supernatural entity is around. There was this one dark tale I read about involving dogs and a bridge in the U.K.

Near Milton, Dumbarton, Scotland, lays the Overtoun Bridge. The three-arched structure was built in the 1890s over a deep valley to allow travel between two estate grounds. The bridge is not known for its architecture or its history, but for what some would claim a paranormal phenomenon to occur. In the last five decades, dogs have leaped off the Overtoun Bridge to their deaths.

Since the 1960s, there are recording accounts of dogs leaping off the bridge and falling 50 feet into the waterfall below. What even becomes more weirder are those canines that survived the fall would attempt to jump off again if brought back to the area. There have been over 60 cases documented of these dog suicides while locals say the number is far greater than what is known.

Studies conducted determined the cause to why the animals are leap over the side of the bridge. Environment factors, breed and including the dog’s lifestyle were tested, but revealed nothing conclusive. There is no scientific explanation to this day to why these incidences are happening. Theories speculated had ranged from dog depression to sounds wave confusing the animal. Scientists and animal experts believe the canines are chasing after local wild life by the bridge and jump over the side on impulsive without realizing of the drop.

There are a few that think there is more of a paranormal explanation to these events such as ghosts or a curse. This assumption resulted from the fact of the dogs jumping off the bridge from almost the same spot. Also, in 1994, a man threw his baby off the Overtoun Bridge believing the child was a demon and later attempted suicide there as well. Whether supernatural is at work or not there, no other place on the planet where this phenomenon is occurring. As the locals warn, keep your friend tight on the leash if you are the cross the bridge.

 

Sources

“The Dog Suicide Bridge”. Altas Obscura. (Accessed July 4, 2015). http://www.atlasobscura.com/

Barclay, Shelly. “Ovetoun Bridge Dog Deaths.” Historical Mysteries. (Accessed July 4, 2015). http://www.historicmysteries.com/

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7 thoughts on “Don’t Walk Your Dog Here

  1. helenstenson

    This is a really interesting post. While we know that animals, and namely dogs in this instance, have sensory powers exceeding our own (smell, hearing), there is some research into what many think is extrasensory perception.

    Of course, if dogs have extransensory perception, they wouldn’t, like many humans, try (or perhaps be able) to rationalise it or explain it away. So their experience of it may be very different from our own.

    Dogs’ links with supernatural are prevalent in the UK. I’m currently researching ‘Old Trash’, a phantom black dog associated with Formby, a small town in the North West of England, which may be connected to a recent spate of late-night barkings being reported to me in nearby Waterloo. However, this folkloric trope can be seen around the country, especially in places with Viking-influenced histories. Certainly a fascinating area of research.

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  2. madmadisonplantier

    How bizarre! This has been all over the news lately (I live in the UK) and they recently found out that some breeds of dog are, for whatever reason, predisposed to jump. The vast majority of suicidal dogs were apparently border collies, golden retrievers, or similar breeds.
    Still, this only deepens the mystery for me!

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