The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.” For the following witnesses to living cryptids, there is no dispute. In this series of National Cryptid Society’s case files, you will read what the witnesses have experienced in their own words.
Keep an open mind when reading these accounts, and also remember one’s perception and memory of an event can be influenced by the emotions felt at the time of the occurrence. The contributors to this series of articles are doing the best they can to recount what are in some cases very shocking and traumatic experiences.
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NCS Case File #40: Dog Wants Nothing To Do With What’s In The Woods In Pinehurst, Idaho
Submitted by: Anonymous
“In the summer of 2005 I was clearing out saplings on our family tree farm near Pinehurst, Idaho. I was using brush trimmers and had my cocker spaniel, Toby with me. I was in the middle of clearing a patch of saplings when my dog Toby sprinted underneath my car. This was very unusual as my dog wasn’t scared of chainsaws, cars, or general wildlife.
I looked under my car and tried to coax him out, but he wouldn’t budge. I had to drag him out by his collar and put him in the car, where he was acting very agitated. It was then that I heard branches breaking about 50 meters south of me in the bushes and I began to smell a horrible smell. This was like garbage combined with rotten feces bad smell. I also had a feeling which didn’t feel like it originated with me, that I was in immediate danger and needed to leave ASAP.
I quickly got in my car and left quickly. I have been at that site with other people several times in the years since and nothing else has happened. I spoke to my dad about this and he hasn’t had any incidents of that kind at all and he has been alone at that site for hours, multiple times per year for the past 60 years. I still won’t go up there alone to this day.”
- The smell associated with Sasquatch encounters has been documented as a pungent, offensive odor. Humans have a tendency to be especially revolted by bodily odors of other primates. The glands we humans associate with body odor located in the armpit are present in other primates as well.
- Gorillas emit a noxious odor from their bodies during times of fight or flight. It is also believed that the fear response or overwhelming sense of dread elicited from some witnesses who have had Sasquatch encounters came from a hormonal response to the odor emanating from the creature.[i]
- A bad smell doesn’t always make one fear for their life. However, a bad smell with just the right molecular structure that triggers an instinctive and hormonally-based fear response would. It is hypothesized that Sasquatch use their “scent of fear” as a deterrent or at most a defense against being bothered by other creatures, and it may also allow them precious time in which to remove themselves from unwanted encounters with other creatures.
- There have been several accounts where dogs have changed their behavior during what was thought to be an encounter with Sasquatch and have become aggressive, restless or frantic.[ii]
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