The Michigan Dogman is a creature that is described as looking like a werewolf. This creature is sighted in Michgan(duh), but other creatures that look like it are seen all over North America. Another well known Dogman is the Beast of Bray Road, which was featured in the first Cryptids of the Week.
The Michgan Dogman became well known in 1987 when disc jockey Steve Cook created a song about encounters with it called "The Legend." After the song came out, on April Fools Day 1987, people started calling and saying they had actually seen the creature or knew someone who had! After Cook's soy came out, it was the most requested song on the radio! Over the years, Cook has updated it. The song is based on sightings of the creature, saying it appears every seven years, so this year it would be back!
Linda S. Godfrey has written many books on cryptozoology, including some fully on Dogman/werewolves(The Beast of Bray Road, 2003, Hunting the American Werewolf, 2006, The Michigan Dogman, 2010, Real Wolfmen, 2012, and others.)
|The Michiagn Dogman book by|
Linda S. Godfrey
Ogopogo is called "Nessie's cousin" and is supposed to live in Okanagan Lake, in Canada. It is normally described as a serpent-like creature, said to be 40 to 50 feet long(a little bigger than your average lake monster!) Natives that lived by the lake case Ogopogo n'ha'a'tik, the "lake demon." Eventually people decided to give it a nicer name than lake demon so they called it Ogopogo, after a 1926 song called "The Ogo-Pogo."
The monster has been seen many times over the years. In 1968, Art Folden caught it on video. It has since been caught on video other times.
Multiple TV shows have searched for Ogopogo, including MonsterQuest. Arlene Gaal has written three books on the monster, Beneath the Depths, Ogopogo: The True Story of the Okanagan Lake Million Dollar Monster, and In Search of Ogopogo.
Those are the two Cryptids for this week. The next CotW will be posted sometime next week.