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The Texas Blue Dogs

Posted by: Nick Redfern on April 21st, 2012

Without doubt, when it comes to the many and varied strange – or strange-looking – creatures that inhabit the world of Cryptozoology, there are probably few that spark as much controversy and heated debate as the so-called “Texas Chupacabra” or “Blue Dog.” For some, they are definitive cryptids. For others they are simply coyotes with a bad case of mange. Others suggest both scenarios are wrong, but that something strange is, at least, afoot.

One of those who has taken a deep interest in this phenomenon is Jon Downes of the Center for Fortean Zoology (pictured, in Puerto Rico, in 2004). A couple of months ago, Jon wrote an article on this very subject – which encompassed the details of his own, on-site investigations in Texas – for Fortean Times magazine. But, if you don’t get the magazine, the good news is that you can now read Jon’s article on-line at FT’s website at this link.

As Jon notes in his feature, titled Texas Blue Dogs: “My search for the blue dogs of Texas began in November 2004, when I visited a farm in Elmendorf, just south of San Antonio, where local rancher Devin McAnally had shot a hairless, blue-skinned canid in July that year. He took photographs of it to a local convenience store where one of the customers said that it looked just like ‘the chupacabra that her grandmother had told her about when she was a girl.’”

A legend was duly born – and it’s a legend that still very much lives, and even thrives, to this day. But, as Jon’s article notes, it is the truth behind the legend that interests him.

And if the controversy surrounding the “Blue Dog”/”Texas Chupacabra” controversy fascinates you too, you may be interested to know that Jon is working on a full-length book on the matter that will chronicle his studies, on-site investigations, and interviews undertaken in the heart of the Lone Star State over the last few years.

When there’s more data on the book, I’ll let you know.

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.


3 Responses to “The Texas Blue Dogs”

  1. Loren Coleman responds:

    These are not to be confused with Texas’ bluetick coonhound dogs, sometimes used to hunt mountain lions in the SW, and Yetis in Nepal.

  2. Hapa responds:

    Hadn’t a clue that Texas Chupacabras where also called Blue dogs. I’ll be looking forward to this book, and comparing it with “Tracking the Chupacabras”, the skeptical work debunking the Cryptid.

    So far, to my knowledge, all so-called Chup corpses have turned out to be mangy or otherwise deformed canines. One found on a ranch with dark blue eyes I believe was part coyote and part wolf, I guess you could call it a Colf or Woyote (it was shown stuffed on a Fact or Faked episode. The eye color was awe inspiring).

    When it comes to Blue dogs/Texas Chupacabras, perhaps the species behind the cryptid is not so much canine as parasite: perhaps a new species of mite is out there now, causing a new form of Mange or scabies skin disorder to appear.

  3. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    I live in the Lone Star State and have never heard the term blue dog. I wonder when and by whom it was coined.



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