Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Date:  Mar. 8, 2015

Locations:  Queen’s Park Cemetery and Mountain-View Cemetery

Total Testing Time:  3 hours, 15 minutes

Weather: Chinook cloud, winds gusting from the southwest at between 15km/h and 20km/h.  Temperature range between 12C and 14C.

Other conditions:  snow/ice/soggy patches, vehicle traffic, occasional appearances of living humans, some grave-site services in progress

Assistant:  Christine Ford

Queen’s Park Cemetery

We began the session at one of the Memorial walls near the administration buildings.  It has been almost a year since Glimmer was brought to this location, so she was very anxious, nervous, and tense. She was given several minutes to re-familiarize herself with the environment. Once her anxiety and tension eased up, she was given the command to “find the energy”.  This command was given with the hope of learning whether or not ghosts or spirits possess an energy signature in the form of scent, and if so, if Glimmer could detect that scent and provide a visible response.

Glimmer became very nervous and tense at several spots at the memorial walls.  At one of the sections, she balked, pulling backwards on the lead and refusing to approach the wall. Several attempts were made to bring her closer to the wall in question, but each time, she balked and refused to approach.  Her back arched in fear, her tail dropped down to almost right between her back legs, and she began panting heavily.  We were unable to determine a cause for this response.

The dog was taken to other sections of the memorial walls.  Though she did show some nervousness and uncertainty, she did not exhibit that intense fear in the other sections we investigated. We spent approximately 20 minutes investigating all the sections. Living people arrived, then, so we ended the testing session there and moved to the area across from the children’s playground area.

In this area, Glimmer was curious, but not fearful.  Her back was flat, her tail was at a neutral position, and she was relaxed and alert.  She did hesitate at a few ground plaques, but her hesitation was a result of smelling flowers and investigating objects placed on those plaques.  No unusual reactions were presented.  Unfortunately, the session had to be wrapped only a few minutes later, as Christine slipped on a patch of ice covering a large pool of water and fell, injuring her elbow and soaking her clothes.  The test at this location was concluded so that we could deal with the situation.

Mountain-View Cemetery

Glimmer was first taken to a garden-like area of memorial walls north of the main administration buildings.  As she had at Queen’s Park, she exhibited the same fear responses to some of the individual units on the memorial walls at Mountainview Cemetery.  She was especially fearful of a large, non-functioning fountain set in the center of the garden-like area. However, after spending several minutes in this area, Glimmer became curious enough about the structure to cautiously approach and investigate it.  However, even after she became calm again, she consistently balked at some of the individual units on a couple of the memorial walls.  No cause for this behavior could be found.

We investigated several areas of this cemetery.  Some areas contained headstones, others were marked with ground plaques.  We also investigated recent mounds of earth marking the graves of people newly laid to rest.  At these mounds, Glimmer showed intense focus and an unusual, submissive behavior.  Her ears were down and back, her tail went low, and she kept her head low while investigating the mounds.  Also, she did not attempt to walk onto the mounds; instead, she stayed to the sides of them and extended her head outwards when smelling them.

Glimmer has exhibited this type of behavior towards earth mounds on previous field tests.  Even if she sees familiar objects on them – e.g. flowers or toys – she refuses to walk onto the mounds to investigate those objects.  For the purpose of these field tests, this behavior is being deemed as a show of respect from her.  This is not a learned behavior; Glimmer was never taught this type of response.  Thus, it seems reasonable to infer that Glimmer somehow knows she is to be respectful and submissive when she is near these mounds.

Several other areas of the cemetery were investigated. However, Glimmer did not exhibit any unusual behaviors.  After a total time of 3 hours and 15 minutes, the field test was ended.

Field Notes

Glimmer’s responses to individual units of the memorial walls at both cemeteries was unusual.  However, it must also be considered that her responses may have been directed to the structures themselves; having never seen these types of structures before, it is quite possible that Glimmer may have been intimidated by their size, and not to individual units.  Further testing of this theory is required to determine whether or not this is the case.

Glimmer has shown a consistent behavioral response of submission when in the presence of earth mounds.  She has also consistently shown that she does not exhibit this particular behavior at any other time during field tests.  This is interesting, because this is not a learned behavior.  Testing will continue to learn if this behavior will be consistent at all earth mounds, or if this response is subject to change under specific conditions.  If it is subject to change, conditions existing at the time of change will be documented and tested in subsequent field tests.

Overall, Glimmer did very well, considering the lack of field tests over the past year.  It is expected that the initial nervousness and anxiety she presented on this field test will resolve as more field tests are conducted.

Date:  Sept. 5, 2014

Location:  private residence

Outdoor Conditions:  warm, sunny, very windy, loud talking from next-door neighbors and noise from a couple of construction workers working with machinery on the sidewalk across the street

Indoor conditions:  cool, quiet, some windows open to varying degrees

Arrival

Glimmer and I arrived at the residence at 11:10am. The owners left their key with the downstairs tenant, who was waiting for us. Glimmer greeted the tenant with the excitement she usually displays when she greets people. The tenant and I chatted for a few minutes, giving Glimmer time to calm down and take stock of the new environment. Then, he took us up to the home in which Glimmer would be working.

Upon entering, Glimmer immediately became anxious and unsure, and began to sniff at everything she could reach. This is normal behavior for her when she enters a new environment. I spoke with the tenant for a few minutes while Glimmer worked to familiarize herself with the unfamiliar sounds, sights, and smells around her. I informed him that our new team member, Christine, would be joining us to film the session. At approximately 11:25am, the tenant left, leaving Glimmer and I alone in the home.  Before we began the session, Glimmer was taken outside to do her business.

The Session

For the next two hours, while waiting for Christine to arrive, I repeatedly took Glimmer through every accessible room and area of the home, using a voice recorder to document her behavior and responses.  After each walk-through was completed, she was taken outside to do her business, and then given a rest period of approximately 10 minutes.  During these breaks, the voice recorder was left running in the living room.

Glimmer was unusually nervous and anxious almost the entire time. During the first walk-through, in the spare room – reported by several friends of the homeowners to have unusual activity – she displayed a fear response so acute that it caused her to have an accident on the carpet.  No visible or audible cause for this high level of anxiety could be found.

Near the end of the second hour, Glimmer finally did become calm.  She laid down on the carpet in the living room, and dozed in a sunbeam.  She remained alert, but the anxiety and stress she had been displaying finally dissipated. On two occasions spaced at least an hour apart, I offered her one of the treats the homeowners give their dogs. She was calm, and I wanted to reward that. Glimmer’s normal response after receiving a treat and then being told “no more” or “all gone” is to just walk away. However, in both instances, she displayed a completely opposite behavior, becoming vocal and demanding, barking at me – and once, even growling at me.

The entire testing session lasted just over three hours. Approximately half an hour before Christine arrived, I began filming with my camera. Christine arrived at approximately 1:15pm, and she took over filming until the session wrapped, at 2:35pm. Throughout the most of the session, Glimmer’s anxiety remained abnormally high. She also could not adjust to the surroundings. She exhibited excessive sniffing tendencies at everything from the carpets to knick-knacks and pictures on tables high enough that she had to lift her head to reach them, and on several occasions, she became completely still, her head slightly down, ears slightly forward and up, and tail either completely down, or partially down, as she stared intently at whatever she was seeing. Though we tried, we could not find any visible or audible causes for her unusual behavior.

Glimmer has only exhibited this high level of intense anxiety once before – at the Cat & Fiddle Pub. She has been taken to several areas over the past year prior to, and since her visit to the Pub, and she has not exhibited that high level of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. She does present a normal level of excitement when first arriving at a location, but usually, within approximately 15 to 20 minutes – which is generally the time she needs to smell everything and familiarize herself with the terrain – she calms down and focuses on doing her job.

To show Christine just how unusual Glimmer’s behavior was, upon returning home, Christine was invited in for coffee and to start the video and audio analysis of the session. Fifteen minutes later, the treat bag was removed from the closet and Glimmer was called. Glimmer responded immediately, and went into a sit position. She was calm and relaxed, and her attention was focused on me. She was given a command, and when she performed the task and received the treat reward, she was told “no more” and “all gone.” Upon hearing those words, she calmly stood, turned around, and walked away. She did see the treat bag, and she did see that it was open, but she did not attempt to get to it, nor did she demand more. She just walked away and resumed whatever she had been doing before being called.

Conclusions

We presented our data to the homeowners the following day (Sept. 6). As one of them is a dog behaviorist, we were particularly interested in her response to the video footage. Having never met Glimmer in person, the homeowners had no way of knowing what Glimmer is normally like, but they did agree that she should have become calm and relaxed within the first hour of our visit. They also agreed that Glimmer exhibited an abnormally high level of anxiety, uncertainty, insecurity, and even fear each time she became still and stared at something neither Christine nor I could see.

Analysis of the audio recording has revealed the capture of some vocal anomalies I have not yet found an explanation for. Video analysis shows Glimmer physically reacting to something we could not see or hear. It is unknown at this time if she was responding to spirit activity or some kind of outdoor stimuli we did not see or hear, or if her high anxiety was the causes of her responses. Thus, I cannot state conclusively that Glimmer is sensitive to spirit activity, or that she responds to said activity. However, there is no denying that she did have reactions to something, and that whatever she was reacting to was strong enough to keep her in a state of high anxiety and nervousness for nearly three hours.

Based on these findings – and to determine whether or not Glimmer’s behavior was a result of the stimuli in the environment – further testing in the same location seems to be in order, in the hope that familiarity with the environment will generate a calmer state, and thus, more conclusive results.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the homeowners for granting us access to their home while they were at work, and for allowing me to bring Glimmer into their home.  We also want to extend our thanks to them for their hospitality and kindness during the reveal the following day.  We definitely look forward to working with them again in the near future.

Date:   Apr. 5, 2014

Location:  Baker Memorial Sanitorium (a.k.a. Baker Park)

Claims:   Many visitors have reported feeling watched, and experiencing uneasiness, heaviness and an overall “creepy vibe”.  Some visitors have also reported taking their dogs through the park and the dogs suddenly freezing in place and refusing to move.

In July of 2012, an investigation was conducted at Baker Memorial Sanitorium, known today as Baker Park.  The investigation was cut short due to being swarmed by mosquitoes, but because of what both I and now-former member Michelle experienced during our time there, there was never any doubt that a second investigation would be conducted.  On April 5, 2014, the entire Wolf Paranormal team is going to do just that.

Background Story

The Central Alberta Sanatorium – renamed the Baker Memorial Sanatorium in 1950, after Dr. A.H. Baker, who served as Director for thirty years – was established in 1920 in Robertson, which was near Calgary.  It was built specifically to house tubercular civilians and WWI veterans who were transferred from Frank, Alberta.  From 1942 to 1945 the center also treated Japanese evacuees.

By 1960, the sanatorium was beginning to empty out completely. In 1961, some rooms were converted to make room for severely mentally-challenged patients. In 1962, the Baker Center was added to the facility as an extension of Alberta School Hospital for the treatment of mentally disabled children. In 1974, the program expanded to include mentally disabled adults. In 1975, the Baker Center separated from the sanatorium. By 1980, though the Baker Center continued to operate, the sanatorium was permanently closed. There was no further need for the services it was providing, as tuberculosis patients were transferred to the Foothills Hospital.

In 1989, Alberta Public Works, Supply, and Services demolished the buildings, as there were no more tuberculosis patients to treat.

During its years of operation, the Baker Sanatorium saw approximately 10,000 patients. While it is known that many patients died in the center, it is unclear at this point how many of those deaths were specifically attributed to tuberculosis.

The Plan

At this time, Glimmer is unavailable for investigative work.  She is currently in rehabilitation therapy due to the development of some fear issues.  However, because some of the claims about this location involve unusual reactions in dogs, it is important to try to recreate those occurrences.  Robyn has agreed to allow her dog, Rosco, to attend the investigation in Glimmer’s stead.  We have used him before, and he has proven to be very calm-submissive even in the presence of stimuli unseen and unheard by us.  This will be his second investigation.