Ernesto Bozzano, Professor - The parapsychological manifestations of animals – 12 The loved hunting dog who sensed his master’s death
Type of Spiritual Experience
NOTES on this case by Professor Ernesto Bozzano
This fact seems quite convincing in the clearly telepathic sense, for if the animal suddenly began to scream plainly without any apparent cause, persisting in this behaviour despite the caresses that were given and refusing any food, it must be assumed that there was some hidden cause, proportional to the despair expressed by the poor animal. However, as it was found that when he started howling, his master was killed in the war, everything points to the assumption that the animal really had the telepathic vision of the officer's death.
A description of the experience
Professor Ernesto Bozzano - The parapsychological manifestations of animals - 130 cases proving animal mediumistic abilities
In the Spiritist Journal of January 1905, page 51, Baron Joseph de Kronhelm recounts the following event that happened to people in his entourage:
An officer whom I know, stationed in Gajsin, Podolia, left for Manchuria in April for the war with Japan. The day before his departure, he handed over his hunting dog, a beautiful, very intelligent and very devoted animal, to another officer of the same regiment, a great hunting enthusiast, asking him to keep the animal until his return, if God would allow him to return. In case of his death, the dog was to remain the property of his friend.
Three months after the officer's departure, one morning, the dog, for no apparent reason, began to howl terribly, causing great inconvenience to the officer's family and neighbours. The poor animal paid no attention to the caresses of the officer and his wife, wanted nothing to eat, howled continuously day and night and only stopped howling on the third day.
The officer, a very educated man, who had already spoken of premonitions in animals, carefully noted the date of this event and told his wife: "God forbid I should be mistaken... but this howling of our dog for no apparent reason, is a sign of bad omen... Some misfortune or bad news will surely happen to us".
And the misfortune was not long in coming.
Some time later, news came of the death of the officer, owner of the dog, who had been killed during an encounter with the Japanese on the morning of the day his dog had howled.