Ernesto Bozzano, Professor - The parapsychological manifestations of animals – 46 The sad tale of Rover, the border collie
Type of Spiritual Experience
NOTES on this case by Professor Ernesto Bozzano
As can be seen, the conclusions of the percipients who recounted these facts all agree that they are unwaveringly certain that they have been confronted with objective animal ghosts. It cannot be said that they are wrong, even from a strictly scientific point of view; especially with regard to the last four cases, which are of a "collective" nature and two of them also of a "successive" nature; i.e. that the animal ghosts have been seen by various people, and without each other's knowledge. All these circumstances serve to eliminate in an absolute way the hallucinatory explanation of the facts - the only hypothesis that can be scientifically opposed to the transcendental telepathic-spirit one.
A description of the experience
Professor Ernesto Bozzano - The parapsychological manifestations of animals - 130 cases proving animal mediumistic abilities
Case 130. - (Collective-visual.) - Mr. James Coates sent a personal account of this incident to the Light, 1915, page 356:
In the summer of 1887, I was in Rothesay with my family. My brother-in-law, Georges Anderson, from Glasgow, sent me a beautiful collie dog as a gift. It was a lively and, unfortunately, also unruly animal. I was not too qualified to train it, and "Rover", by its actions, often embarrassed itself and all of us.
We used to go fishing in the afternoon in Glemburn Bay. The dog accompanied us and, when we got into the small boat, it waited for us to return, wandering freely on the beach. Everything went well for about a month, but one day the chief of police sent for me unofficially to tell me that a dog identical to mine had frightened a horse harnessed to a cart and that it had fallen over with the lady who was in it. Thereafter, the chief of police urged me to get rid of the dog immediately if I did not want to incur penalties. There was no way to avoid the invitation. So I gave the dog to a civil servant, with the explicit order to go to the bay and drown the poor beast there.
I was very saddened by the fate imposed on our Rover, and my children were sorry, because the animal had become attached to them in a special way; but we had to obey the law.
We continued to go fishing every afternoon. On the third day after Rover's death, when we were back, a short distance from the front gate of the house, the three of us cried out at the same time: "There's Rover there! There's Rover!" There it was, indeed, waiting for us at the door of the house! Of course, the man I had commissioned to remove this animal had done nothing of the sort. I thought so immediately and it was only natural to believe so, since Rover was standing in front of us by the trough, wagging his tail and looking at us with a joyful look. We opened the gate, and walked towards it, but suddenly we saw it disappear! There can be no doubt that the three of us have indeed, surely, seen it. My wife insists that the dog looked phosphorescent; but for me and my daughter, it was our Rover, no more and no less.
...Even if we were to be seen as naive, we persist in being convinced that we saw simultaneously the objective ghost of our dog Rover. It seemed so natural that I could assume that the official to whom I had handed it over had not put it to death... I have no explanation to put forward in a special way. I only note that the fact that three people collectively saw a dog that had been drowned three days earlier …….