Why do dogs leap to their death at Overtoun Bridge?
Winter scene at the bridge at Overtoun House, where strange things happen with dogs. Picture by James Duncan
By Lucy Ashton
A remarkable new book is about to be launched about the dog leaping mystery at Overtoun Bridge, Dumbarton.
The book offers new insights and ground-breaking revelations about the internationally renowned mystery.
Author Paul Owens will be launching the book at the Dumbuck Country House Hotel Dumbarton on Thursday 28th June, commencing at 7:00pm, all are welcome.
The book “The Baron of Rainbow Bridge: Unravelling Overtoun’s Death Leaping Dog Mystery” challenges the commonly accepted rational explanation given by canine expert Dr. David Sands, that it is the scent of the mink, that is luring dogs to leap from the bridge.
Owens, pictured right, who was brought up in Dumbarton and went to Keil School, argues that Overtoun historically has been cloaked in a blanket of supernatural activity e.g. fairies, presences, spirits, earth energies, and ghosts.
He poses the question could it be these paranormal entities which super sensitive dogs are picking up at the bridge?
With new evidence gathered from teams of psychics, ghost hunters, and dowsers who carried out research at the bridge, a new picture of Overtoun is emerging: a supernatural one.
These suspicions are shared by those who have crossed Overtoun Bridge with their dogs.
Local man Eugene Hogan whose golden Labrador, Drift, leapt from the bridge said: “Something just gripped it, something went through it, like a poltergeist.”
Ian Fisher a retired police officer who ran a dog walking service when walking across the bridge towards Overtoun House with Jess a border collie said “I noticed a grey shadowy figure standing at one of the bay windows, it was there for a few seconds and then it was gone.
“What was strange was that Overtoun House was unoccupied at that time.”
At the book launch in the Dumbuck Hotel, the author will read excerpts from his book and will also give a talk about Overtoun Bridge’s dog leaping phenomenon.
“The book will be of interest to those who are interested in unexplained mysteries, the supernatural, and everyone who owns a dog,” said Paul Owens, whose father was an international journalist.
Several guest speakers will also be accompanying Paul Owens at the event, including Pastor Bob Hill who runs the Christian Centre for Hope and Healing at Overtoun House, Alice Treverrow a psychic medium, whose own dog Cassie leapt from the bridge, and other special guests.
It is also appropriate that the book launch is being staged in the setting of the Dumbuck Hotel, a venue which itself housed the first meetings of KOSMOID, a secret group to which Baron Overtoun, the builder of Overtoun Bridge was pledged which dabbled in Alchemy: the art of the fallen angels.
The event will be concluded with book signings by the author. For those who cannot attend the event, and who wish to purchase the book, it will be available from bookshops, or online from the authors website http://www.paulowens.org