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..

Tuesday, 9 March 2010


As Richie writes, we are undercover for the next few days.

A lady called Denise has a family of the Texas blue dogs living wild on her property and she has managed to film them on a number of occasions. One of the pieces of daytime film is included on the latest episode of On The Track.

At the moment I am sitting in a motel room just north of Houston and when I have finished my emails, and the party have breakfasted, we shall be off to the place where Denise lives. I do not want to appear to be over-dramatic here by referring to secrecy and 'undisclosed locations' but there is a VERY real danger that someone will shoot them if security is not maintained.

Although there is a hell of a lot of Texas culture that I admire greatly and some which indeed puts British culture in the shade, we are now in a place where trophy hunting is a way of life. There are taxidermists everywhere. And what better trophy than an animal that isn't supposed to exist?

1 comment:

  1. I wouldn't even say it was in Texas.

    I would say I went somewhere in the states of Texas, Arkansas, or Louisiana to look for hairless dogs.