Poogan’s Porch

Recently, I watched a rerun of a ghost show like Paranormal Witness, when ghosts attack, my haunted house, my ghost story, etc. In this particular episode, some kids go to a pet cemetery and a vicious ghost dog attacks them but leaves no marks or scratches behind. Spo0o0o0o0ky.

Today I open my email and there is a story about ghost dogs. I’ve written about ghost pets before, and my level of near-certainty about their existence so we won’t go down that well-worn trail. I just wanted to share with you the story within the story of Poogan’s Porch.

Poogan was a dog in Charleston, SC who apparently lived (or haunts) 72 Queen Street, building which was a house in 1888 since converted into a restaurant among other things. There are two versions of how Poogan came to be a ghost dog at this place. First version: Poogan’s owners sold the house but left Poogan behind, the new owners kept Poogan. Second version: Poogan was the neighborhood stray who wandered porch to porch, settling at 72 Queen Street because during renovations the crew would feed him. The restaurant named itself after the pup, and Poogan was the official greeter to patrons until his death in 1979.

Now, you can feel Poogan sniffing at your feet or catch a brief glimpse of him out of the corner of your eye.

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