Legendary Dogman seen in Ottawa County?

Several times in the past decade, West Michigan newspapers have reported on a strange canine-like creature people claim to have seen in woodlands — not the legendary Chubacabra, but the Michigan Dogman.
Kevin Collier
Sep 16, 2013


Some eyewitnesses are convinced they have seen it — like one man who posted his opinion on an Internet message board.

“If you also live anywhere north of Grand Rapids in Michigan, how can you not know about the Dogman? It is one of the largest legends in the area and the story has been around for years,” he wrote. “It seems to me it is more than just a huge fantasy.”

The Dogman is reported to have a canine-like head, human-like body, reflective eyes and walks upright.

According to one Ottawa County resident, a creature fitting the description of the Dogman appeared in Grand Haven from 1993-94. “Ben,” who was a young teenager at the time, claims to have seen the creature not once, but three times. He believes each time he was seeing a different creature, in what could have been a pack taking refuge in a Grand Haven Township park.

In 1993, after dark, Ben was hiking the trails in Hofma Nature Preserve with as many as four friends when, passing the float bridge near the center of the preserve, they heard a sound to their right. Ben spied what resembled a dog standing behind a tree on a ridge above, approximately 70 feet away.

“I thought it was just a dog walking along, then it stood up on its hind legs,” Ben said. “One of its feet gripped a branch on the tree. Our eyes met and we just stared at each other for about five minutes, then it ran off.”

According to Ben, the second encounter occurred in December that same year in the driveway of his family’s home on Lakeshore Drive. Ben went outdoors in the cold to start his mother’s car.

“I only made it as far as the front bumper of the car,” he said.

The creature then rose up from behind the vehicle.

“It stood up on its hind legs, it had yellow eyes,” he explained. “I’m 6 foot, 8 inches tall, and it was staring down at me. I froze and began crying out.”

The creature took three incredible leaps and disappeared into the brush as Ben's family rushed out to the driveway.

According to Ben, his third encounter with the creature took place in 1994 when he and a cousin were walking after dark in the direction of the beach from Lakeshore Drive along the edges of dunes. As the two watched a deer standing in a clearing, an enormous dog-like creature rapidly snatched the animal and carried it off into the brush.

“We went down to the spot, and you could see where the deer tracks ended,” Ben said. “They vanished, leaving only tracks from that thing.”

There is also a tale that in early 1994 a car on Lakeshore Drive was involved in a collision with a large animal. It is said the occupants of the vehicle were uninjured and police determined it was a deer strike. The tale includes a witness that claimed gray fur covered the grill of the wrecked vehicle, but no blood or animal carcass was found. It was said the driver couldn’t explain what he hit.

As fantastic as the tales are, area folks have told similar stories for more than 50 years.

One of merit is from Robert Fortney, who may have encountered the beast as he stood on the banks of the Muskegon River in 1938. It was reported that a large black “dog” reared up on its hind legs and stared at Fortney, who shot at the creature, which then fled.

“I wouldn’t want to call it a Dogman,” he reportedly said, but relayed that he did not know what to call the canine that walked like a man.

What many have pointed to as the best evidence supporting the existence of a Dogman was the Gable film, a video transfer of what was claimed to be a mid-1970s home movie showing the creature. However, the film was proven to be fake in 2010 — even its creators admitted it was a hoax.

Dogman in Grand Haven? It's hard to imagine, but at least it keeps the legend alive and barking.




"Ben" needs medicine - or - "Ben" should stop eating mushrooms from the forest.


I just ate some mushrooms.
If you shoot something like that and its half human - is it then still a homicide? How about if it fights back against a police officer. Can it be charged with assault/resisting arrest and trespassing? How about taxes. If it didn't file a 1040 then haul it in to the IRS for tax evasion. It it has little ones running around then do they go into foster care? And then if it has a place to live - then its in the arrears on property taxes, then do we a tax auction? LOL more mushrooms please.


Uhhhhhh I'm pretty sure it receives Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Unemployment Compensation Benefits, Medicaid, TANF, Bridge Card, Day Care Subsidy, Rent Subsidy,and WIC for a total of $60,000.00 per year (just like the other 47% of human/animals in our society).


Look! Another parrot. Ever have an original thought?


Look, Less Than Amused! Ever have a life?
I lived on Lakeshore Drive south of town as a kid in the '70's and I saw the Dogman out in the woods along the beach
all the time. He lives in Holland now and he still owes me some money. Let me know if you see him down there.


Are you GrandHavenJohn's mom? I was addressing his asinine political rant.

As far as the Dogman goes, I grew up in the 70's too and from what I remember if you took enough acid you could see just about anything you wanted to...and some things you didn't want to....next time you see him/it snap a pic with your smartphone. I'd love to see it.


Isn't that Grand Haven's Mayor in that pic?

Just sayin'

deuce liti

I can't believe they found my high school year book picture.


The poor creature might have been a victim of Hypertrichosis - an incurable disease of excessive hair growth....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp...


Heck, I've got more hair than that thing....it's those teeth that are probably ticking him off. Chomp, Chomp.


Apparently you aren't in the dental profession. Imagine what a nightmare for the dental hygienist! And quit bragging about all the hair you have - I'm sure there are some readers that would like to have a little more...


Well, there's always the Hairclub For Men right?



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