31 Days of Spook – Special Guest

03 Oct

 Squeals with piggy delight.  My friends I have scored the ultimate story for your today to officially start my 31 Days of Spook.   Mommy has helped me to get in touch with Mr. Dave Schrader.  If you know anything about the paranormal field, you will recognize the name.  Dave Schrader does a talk show where he is the host and producer of Darkness Radio.  If you haven’t heard of his show, you *must* check it out for chills and thrills.  Dave Schrader has also been seen on television with Zak Bagans on Ghost Adventures, co-hosted the show Paranormal Challenge with Zak Bagans and has made contributions to Ghost Hunters TAPS ParaMagazine.  Dave Schrader currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We are VERY excited to present a story from Dave Schrader today.  Now, settle back and enjoy my friends!

It was August of 2005 and our radio show was entering its 8th month on the air when I received an invitation to be a part of a psychic and shamanic exploration at Thayer’s Bed and Breakfast in Annandale, MN.  Since I have no psychic bones in my body, I thought I would check it out and see if I could learn something new and tap into some psy experience for myself. I would be surrounded in a peaceful environment with mediums, psychics and shamans at a well known haunted location.  This might be my best chance yet to witness some interesting phenomena.

I say quietly watching people mill about, discussing what they were picking up on, what spirits they sensed and generally soaking in the atmosphere. During my observation, the resident cat – a large fluffy white beastie – decided I was its new friend and would not leave my side, lap or feet. It stuck to me like I was made of tuna. I stroked the cat like an evil Bond villain as I sat and watched a fascinating scene unfold before me of shared experiences, giddy claims of ghostly presence and some chilling moments as part of the group relayed a story about the creepy man on the top floor that leapt to the wall and skittered up and across the ceiling like a Victorian Spider-Man.

Next came an extraordinary experiment. We were all going to tap into ourselves, meet our spirit guides and do a Shamanic journey. We laid upon the ground, spread eagle and not touching ourselves or others nearby while Hanakia Zedek gently beat a drum to some soothing music and in his deep voice guided us to a meditative trance. By this time, the room lights had been dimmed and the room had been cleared of all cats, kids and other distractions.  We were to just BE in the moment and experience the darkness, the music and open ourselves to contact with our totem, spirit guides or loved ones.

As I lay trying to quiet my mind and the senseless chatter that usually clutters it, I found myself getting more restless, unable to attain the nirvana our leader wanted us to achieve.  That was when my furry friend found his way back to my side.  He would nuzzle my hip and flop on my hand seeking affection and attention. I would pet him for a few seconds than push him away so I could try to slip into a deep meditation, but my kitty companion wasn’t having it. He kept purring, nuzzling and pushing against me.

After 20 minutes or so all with my eyes closed, I finally relented and began giving him the love he craved. My hands scratching the deep fur bringing about even more purrs and nuzzles. I began to wonder how much longer this foray into futility would continue with our Shamanic leader. Obviously I was not going to become more enlightened or have a profound moment.  I opened my eyes and glanced down to see which cat was so desperately in need of my attention. My eyes widened, my hand stopped mid scratch and I froze. I could feel the cat purring, pushing against my leg and hand simultaneously but to my utter amazement, there was no cat there.

 I paused assuming my eyes were playing tricks on me and that they had just not adjusted properly to the low light setting.  I closed them tightly, drew in a deep breath and began digging deep into the fur of phantom friend once more. I opened my eyes a second time and there was my hand, hovering mid-air, stroking….emptiness. There was no cat to bee seen, but I could feel and hear it. Within moments, the drumming stopped and the lights began to lift as they adjusted the dimmer switch, our journey to the ether-world was at an end yet here I was stroking an imaginary cat.

The crowd milled about in a semi comatose state. My brain raced trying to make sense of what had just happened to me. I was afraid to speak up for fear of looking like a fool despite the wild claims I had heard from other experiencers all night long. Then I heard the group begin to discuss their personal reflections of the drumming and meditation when one of the people spoke up and said, “How about the ghost cat?” Many in the group admitted to seeing a ghostly cat all night long checking us out and stalking the room. Still I stood silent.

“He was sure curious about what we were doing. I heard the owner say her favorite cat passed away a few weeks back, its nice to know he still calls this home.:”  I was astounded, did I just spend 30 minutes petting a specter? I don’t even like cats I thought to myself, why did he mess with me?

The crowd dispersed and a few days later I got an email from a girl that also attended the event. She had laid to my immediate right and she informed me she knew I had an experience and she had been petting that same cat all night. We had been ping ponging the cat between us for the evening when we would try to focus on the guided meditation and brush it off, it would move to the other one of us.
That was one of the first truly amazing experiences I ever had that was more than a fleeting moment that could easily be explained away and I will cherish that forever.

– Dave Schrader

Friends – we hope you enjoyed our special guest today.  We would also like to throw a great huge THANK YOU to Dave Schrader for taking time to share his story.  You rock!!


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20 responses to “31 Days of Spook – Special Guest

  1. speedyrabbit

    10/03/2016 at 1:24 am

    What a great story,Mummy said sometimes when she’s sat at the PC she feels one of her previous buns climbing up her legs,and when she looks there is nothing there and I am upstairs.and then of course we have our resident casper who you hear walking around,and he moves things from time to time.and she has seen him time she was talking to her niece on skype and her niece saw him walk behind her….spooky huh?xx Speedy

    • Piglove

      10/03/2016 at 11:04 am

      ooohhh squeals with piggy excitement. I love these things my sweet pal. We have peculiar things here as well at the Hotel Thompson. It’s awesome indeed. We still feel Mouse Girl from time to time. XOXO – Bacon

  2. easyweimaraner

    10/03/2016 at 5:13 am

    I saw paranormal challenge by dave schrader and I believe that there are things we can not eggs-plain with all our techie stuff…. as much as I enjoyed the scary epawsodes, I never would put a paw in such a haunted area…

    • Piglove

      10/03/2016 at 11:04 am

      So you know Mr. Schrader brother. Isn’t he awesome to take time out of his schedule to write this up for me on my 31 Days of Spook? He is the bestest down to earth kind of guy EVER! XOXO – Bacon

      • easyweimaraner

        10/03/2016 at 11:10 am

        that was great bro…. you should watch the documentations …. the mama didn’t leave the house that evening without dad on her side…

      • Piglove

        10/03/2016 at 12:21 pm

        I know it had to be great brother. We are watching a lot of haunting shows this month at the Hotel Thompson. I will ping Lockdown with Shrader and watch him as well. He’s a cool dude. XOXO – Bacon

      • easyweimaraner

        10/03/2016 at 12:23 pm

        absolutely… and if “real” people like you and me are involved in a story what has no scripts no actors it is eggs-tra scary :o)

      • Piglove

        10/03/2016 at 12:23 pm

        YES! These stories are what this month is made of for sure. XOXO – Bacon

      • easyweimaraner

        10/03/2016 at 12:28 pm

        yo… I hope we will get some good documentations this month …. it’s great somehow to watch such scary stuff together… even when you have to have a husband on your side when you visit the bathroom later :o)))))

      • Piglove

        10/03/2016 at 12:33 pm

        This is true. This time of the month also accounts why the mommy turns on every single light she can find in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom – snorts! XOXO – Bacon

  3. sheilaenglehart

    10/03/2016 at 7:46 am

    Always great to hear about a skeptic having an experience. If it hadn’t been a recently deceased cat, it could have been a spirit guide for him as well. Awesome story!

    • Piglove

      10/03/2016 at 11:05 am

      For sure! I was so excited to get this story from Mr. Schrader. Wasn’t he awesome to do this? And like you said, it’s always great when people don’t expect something and in return do experience something that is totally awesome. XOXO – Bacon

  4. MissKymmiee

    10/03/2016 at 9:51 am

    Totally worth the read 😍 loved it

    • Piglove

      10/03/2016 at 11:06 am

      aaww thanks my sweet friend! XOXO – Bacon

  5. Tails Around the Ranch

    10/03/2016 at 12:01 pm

    Wow Bacon, you and your friends have some amazing adventures. There’s no paranormal at our house, in fact there’s nothing normal about it, come to think of it! LOL

    • Piglove

      10/03/2016 at 12:21 pm

      Snorts with piggy laughter. I love that sweet friend. I guess we are all a little strange in our own ways, huh? XOXO – Bacon

      • Tails Around the Ranch

        10/03/2016 at 12:22 pm

        Strange barely covers it around here! Hahaha

      • Piglove

        10/03/2016 at 12:23 pm

        Snorts!!! Your place and mine – so much alike. XOXO – Bacon

  6. Amy Sandy

    10/03/2016 at 6:14 pm

    Although I’ve had my share of strange, thankfully, there’s been no occurances at our current home.

    • Piglove

      10/04/2016 at 11:49 am

      Snorts! XOXO – Bacon


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