Published: 10:28 AM 8/12/2010
written by Chris Holly
About five years ago I talked to a very frightened young woman who was a North American Indian. Her family lived in a isolated part of the West in the United States on a reservation.
She belonged to a tight knit family who were very protective of one another. She was very shy and very nervous about talking to me. It took some time, but I finally convinced her I would never use her name or location and would not write anything that would cause her family harm.
She then told me the story of what happened to her grandparents while they were on their weekly outing to do their shopping and errands in the town closet to their reservation and home.
She told me they were both in their late 70's. The couple had a weekly ritual of going to town to shop and do their errands, making sure they were back home well before dark. They were nervous being out at night as age made driving and the long dark deserted roads from town to the reservation frightening for the couple.
This one particular trip to town was like most all others. They started off early with their beloved dog in tow. They took care of their errands and stopped for lunch at their favorite spot before packing up their truck for the trip home.
The older couple and their dog were happily driving back home along the winding deserted roads common to their part of the country. It was only 3 in the afternoon, leaving them plenty of time to make it back home before nightfall.
Suddenly a small deer came bounding out of the woods and clipped the side of the old couples' truck. The couple, dog, and deer bounced around before the old man managed to pull off the road.
They got out to inspect the damage and found the truck was barely touched, however the deer was dead. The old man, his wife, and dog all stood on the side of the road next to the wide open wilderness that surrounded them.
The elderly couple decided to pull out their tool box to try to butcher whatever they could of the deer so the meat would not be wasted.
The old man was busy pulling out what he needed as the woman tugged and dragged the deer off of the road. Their dog was busy sniffing around and wagging his tail rather happy with the entire event.
As he wandered about the edge of the woods, the dog suddenly began barking and growling, almost in a rage. Both the man and woman stopped what they were doing and called the dog over to them behind the truck on the side of the road.
The dog came running to them with his tail tucked tightly beneath him. The old couple comforted the dog. The woman heard it first, a strange noise, like a low hum coming from the woods.
As the couple stood by their truck with their dog, they could see what appeared to be a bright, white light coming up from the ground, making its way towards them and the road.
At once the couple decided to leave the deer and threw their tools into the back of their truck. They pushed the dog into the cab of the truck between them and took off down the road. All three of them were terrified at what was coming towards them from the woods.
The next thing the couple remembers is driving into the reservation and pulling up in front of their daughter's house. It was 10:00 PM.
Their family had been out looking for them and were frantic about where they may have gone. They always were home before dark and never went anywhere the family did not know about.
The family heard the old couple pull into the driveway and went running out to greet them and find out where they had been.
The old couple seemed dazed. The old man was completely disoriented and confused. He felt weak and needed help getting out of the truck. When questioned to where they had been, he seemed confused and could not answer. The old woman had been asleep.
When they woke her she said her head hurt and did not know where she was. Laying across the old woman was the couples beloved pet. He was dead.
The couple had no idea where they had been or why they had lost hours of time. They were crushed to find their dog had died and had no idea what had happened to him.
The old couple told their family about the deer and the strange light coming from the woods towards the road. The old man described it as if the sun was rising from the earth and streaking across the woods towards him.
The old couple were heartbroken that their dog had died, but had no idea why the perfectly healthy pet died on the way home.
The couple felt ill for a few days after this event. The man had a decline in his health after this encounter. They do not understand what happened or where they were during this lost time event.
The family does not want this made public or for the old couple to endure any discomfort due to this story becoming known in their area.
I do not know why I never wrote about this incident before. I have thought about it often, but kept it on my list of things to get to until now.
I recently received a phone call and the story of this elderly couple came clearly back to my mind.The phone call came a few weeks ago from long time acquaintance who wanted to tell me about a very odd experience that happened to her parents while they were on vacation.
It seems her parents, both in their late 70's, decided to go on a last minute trip to Maryland to visit old friends who were living there.
They packed up their minivan and their little dog and took off for a visit with their friends. They were leaving from New Jersey and planned to travel down the east coast via the long scenic route with less traffic and less large trucks to deal with.
They were driving along when they decided to stop for lunch around noon. Nothing unusual took place. They ate lunch and continued on their way.
The elderly pair and their little dog drove for a bit longer when they realized they needed to stop for gas. They were now driving along roads that were lightly traveled and no longer saw many other cars.
The couple stopped for gas. Both the woman, the man, and dog got out while filling up to stretch their legs and take the dog for a short walk. As they walked along the side of the gas station with the dog both of them mentioned to the other how odd and bright the sun had become.
They could barely see even though both of them had on sunglasses. They got back into their car with the dog sitting on the woman's lap and started off down the deserted highway towards their destination. They had just entered Delaware.
They recall taking off in the car and driving along the road away from the gas station. Hours later the couple's first memory is of pulling over to the side of the road. The man who had been driving was confused and disoriented. The woman was slumped over her seat in a deep sleep.
The man got out of the car and began to walk around the front of the car confused and disoriented. He started to call out for his wife. She heard him calling and started to wake up.
When she finally was able to shake herself awake, she saw that her husband was pacing back and forth in front of their van calling her name. She looked down into her lap to find her little dog limp and gasping for air.
She opened her door and called to her husband. He seemed to snap out of his pacing and ran over to her door. The woman and the old man tried to figure out where they were. They were at a loss as to what had happened to them. They both felt ill and weak. The couple was very concerned about their now extremely ill pet.
They had no idea where they were, and decided to get back on the road and drive to find a sign or town. They drove a few miles to find a sign telling them they were somewhere in North Carolina.
The couple knew that was impossible, as their watches told them only three hours had passed yet they had traveled a huge distance to a place they had never been before. The little dog was barely alive.
The old couple found the next town and first veterinarian they could to try to get help for their little dog. The vet was kind and took the old people right in to see if she could help the little dog. The vet told the old couple the little dogs lungs were filled with liquid and his little heart was failing.
She could do no more but make the little guy comfortable as he was dying. The old couple was devastated. They stayed with the dog until he passed away. They were overcome with the sorrow of losing their little pal in such a strange way.
The old couple found a motel and stayed overnight in this unknown North Carolina town. In the morning they still felt ill and confused. They had the body of their little dog in the back of their van, and wanted only to return home where they could bury him in their own backyard.
The elderly couple knew something horrible had happened to them as they had lost a period of three hours and traveled miles of distance in an impossible amount of time, ending with the death of their beloved little dog unexplained.
The trip home was long and difficult for this old couple. It took them 13 hours to cover the same distance they did the day before in 3. They just wanted to go home.
The old couple took turns driving only stopping for gas on the way home. When they returned home late that night they called their daughter and told her of their bizarre trip.
The man in this story had a turn in his health after this trip and has been weak with many different health issues since. The woman remains frightened and confused as to what could have happened to them during this strange day of events that seem to be impossible, yet happened.
The old couple is mourning the loss of their little dog and do not understand at all what caused the animal to go from perfectly happy, active, and wagging, to limp and dying in a few hours time.
I found the similarities in both of these cases chilling. I find the accounts of both these older couples to be strange lost time events that certainly lean towards abduction.
Both couples talked of a strange, bright light, and both couples have no memory at all where they had been or what happened to them during the missing hours.
It is not the first time I have had the death of a pet reported to me as a result of a lost time or abduction case. It may be that the transition that takes place during these events are simply something a dog or cat cannot survive. I tend to think it is lucky that both of these senior couples were returned alive and basically in one piece.
The experiences of the older couples years and miles apart, are remarkably alike. I have not heard nor could I find any other reports as similar as these reports were to each other.
I realize that there may be many other cases like the two of these that just have not been reported. I also realize the longer I do this work that we are very limited in our knowledge to what really is going on all over the world to people on every part of our planet.
I cannot help but wonder if odd, lost time events like the two I reported here are happening to the senior citizens of the world. I realize that many elderly people are careful not to report a strange event in fear that family members or society in general, will consider them unable to handle being alone or continuing on as productive citizens.
They fear the reaction of the rest of the world making them more inclined to keep an incident like the ones in this article to themselves.
I feel a deep sadness knowing that there may be older people all over the world dealing with lost time or abduction without feeling they can look for help in fear of losing their freedom or facing unkind ridicule.
That is the nature of our society and we are all to blame for it. We have made these subjects a joke. We clearly decided as a society not to deal with it.
This decision has left us alone if we find we are the one looking in to the eyes of the unknown. Trust me nothing on earth can make one feel more alone.
I have only heard of two other events where pets were involved in possible abduction cases, and in all of the cases the pets did not survive. I have no idea what goes on during the encounters with the unknown. I do know that not everyone or everything taken is returned or survives. A sad side of the reality of the unknown, but one we need to understand.
One day if we change our thinking and approach to these subjects, we may understand what the truth is concerning our place in this universe. For now all I can do is report to you the encounters of those who are good enough to share what happened to them as they alone faced the terror of the unknown.
Be careful out there and always pay attention to your surroundings.
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