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Friday, November 19, 2010


The latest (rather excellent) issue of Fortean Times contains a jolly good article on the intriguing 1930s mystery of `Gef` the talking mongoose of Cashen's Gap. However, totally by chance Richard Muirhead found this online. He was looking for something completely different, had never heard of the case, and was not aware that FT had a cover story on it.


Richard Muirhead said...

It is very strange and slightly worrying(for me anyway,my friends know how silly I am about worrying even when good things happen to me!)how this turned up!I hope it doesn`t happen too often.I think Fort mentioned a talking dog in one of his books.

theo paijmans said...

Hi Richard,

That's the 1908 Pittsburg, PA, talking dog case. According to my clippings from various U.S. newspapers from 1908 and 1909, three policemen were followed at dawn by "a big black figure." To further quote on of these clippings: "The three men say it was a large Newfoundland dog. The policemen halted; the dog stopped. Suddenly the brute spoke in deep tones, "Good Morning."... The dog disappeared in thin, greenish vapors. The men made a search of the ravine, but no dog tracks could be found. They were laughed at when they told their story."

I note several instances in my files of talking animals, preceding and postdating our famous Geff.

Sincere regards,