By Exorcist Msgr. Stephen Rossetti
A man called me and said his house was infested. The previous owner did sinful things and occult rituals in the house. No surprise that he, the next owner, inherited the demons. The house had all sorts of typical house infestation signs, such as sudden drops in temperature, shadow figures, objects moving, strange sounds, and more. All hell broke loose… literally.
One of their first signs was that the family dog began to bark uncontrollably and uncharacteristically. It wasn’t the dog’s normal bark but something shrill and alarming. The dog was clearly sensing something dangerously evil.
Some dogs do see demons. I do not know if all do, but there are many stories of dogs sensing demons and barking uncontrollably. In the famous case from the book, “The Demon of Brownsville Road,” the family dog parked himself at the door to the parents’ bedroom at night and kept watch, barking wildly when the demon approached. We ourselves know of a dog in our area that can sense demons and barks alarmingly when one approaches. While demons are not repelled by the animals, they can act as sentries.
This is just one more example of how talented and loyal dogs are. They will stand between a family and a demon and howl to protect their loved ones. I remember in one exorcism session the demon complained to me that I was treating it like a dog. My response, “I wouldn’t soil the name of these beloved creatures and compare you to them. They are loyal, faithful and kind. You are none of these things. You do not deserve to be called a dog.”