On 5th March, Jonathan and Corinna Downes, the Director and Administrator of the Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] the world's largest mystery animal research organisation, fly to Texas. Together with their friends and colleagues Richie and Naomi West who very generously financed the expedition, they will spend two weeks continuing the research into the Texas blue dogs, first carried out by Jonathan Downes in November 2004..

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Today is the first day that I have been able to post something worthy of being entitled an expedition report, rather than a light-hearted romp through southern Texas. Yesterday, however, was an extraordinary one.

After breakfast, blogging and ablutions, we made our way to the location of our first proper site visit. I was surprised, to say the least.

Richie and Naomi had sent us some video taken by a lady called Denise. Some of it was included on the last episode of OTT. However, I had always got the impression that Denise lived on an isolated ranch, but in fact she lived in a modern suburban house built in about 1975, one of a row of large bungalows.

Behind the houses and gardens was a long area of pine woodland and it was in this mini wilderness that the family of blue dogs we had come to see apparently lurked. Some weeks ago Richie and Naomi installed a complicated security camera system in these woods, and they had managed to film a lot of different woodland creatures, including - I can now exclusively reveal - a blue dog.

Last night we staked the woods out, and saw grey foxes, racoons, but no blue dog. We had a tranquiliser gun and had hoped to be able to take a shot at one, but sadly this did not transpire.

However, I can conclusively state that these things are indeed real. We have a lot of footage of them now, which tells more about their identity than we even began to know before. I am sorry to be mysterious, but I am typing without my reading glasses in a hotel room, just minutes before going back to the site.

We will be uploading some pictures and a fuller report in the next few days. However, for the moment, that is something we are just not able to do....

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