There is a Yeti in the back of everyone’s mind; only the blessed are not haunted by it. ~ old sherpa saying

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Stop Killing the Blue Dogs" -- the murder of quasi-chupie

I was just thinking about the sad aspect to the news items of so-called chupacabras canines being shot and killed by stupid "hunters" and the like, when I came across this post on Phantoms and Monsters"> Stop Killing 'Blue' Dogs!

I've written before, as have others, that these so-called "chupacabras" seen in the Southwest  are not the crypto-creature from Fortean or paranormal realms. These hairless 'blue dogs' are simply mundane animals. Either mange or some other disease, or, as Lon Strickland of Phantoms and Monsters writes:
a hybrid species of Mexican wolf and another canine species. Ken Gerhard and Jon Downes have done extensive study and have written about this cryptid canine. I just wish people would stop killing the 'blue dog' just because it's been given the 'chupacabras' moniker. Below are previous posts on this cryptid...Lon
I don't how the meme got started that these unusual looking canines were chupacabras, or why people are killing them.

Here's a quote from crypto researcher Jon Downes from Lon's posting of the article Searching for Blue Dog Facts:
It is a very weird and very interesting member of the dog family; it has nothing to do with this weird folklore," said Jonathan Downes, a former zoological journalist and self-taught amateur "cryptozoologist" from West Devon, England.


TG Powell said...

Just as Lon was told but never posted on his site. These animals are NOT anything but disease ridden common animals. I guess you, Lon, and the West Devon twit Jon would rather have them die a morbid death and freeze to death in the frigid winter, or keep killing livestock that humans depend on for food because they are to feeble to hunt for food. Or worse yet, attack and possibly kill a someones small child that is playing in the back yard. It's idiots that have nothing better to do but promote this animal. And yes it was the twit in the UK that gave them the "blue dog" moniker. Even though they are mostly scabbed and gray...a few were colored blue as mammalian blood is....well blue until it hits oxygen. I for one have been putting these creatures out of their misery for over 30 years and will continue to do so, just for humane reasons. Give me an instance where one of these have been declassified by DNA testing as something cryptid and prove me wrong.

Regan Lee said...

My but aren't we testy today?

These animals are NOT anything but disease ridden common animals.
As was my point, they are not chupacabras.

My other point: that some people insist on calling these poor creatures "chupacabras" and kill them, not for "humane reasons" as you say you do, but because of fear. They don't know what they are, and they kill them because of that fear. That is not a reason to kill.

It's sad all around, and one question that hasn't been addressed, as far as I can tell, is why are there so many of these creatures, in the UK and elsewhere -- if they are mange ridden animals, why so many? Is it an indicator, like so many other animal signals of late, that the planet is in crisis?

I think you've misunderstood motivations here as well as being defensive.