This took place in 1909 when my Great Grandfather Harley was 7. He lived deep in the Maine woods with his parents and 2 siblings. Harley’s father was away for a couple of weeks due to his job and it was the beginning of winter. He helped his Mother care for the family home and his younger siblings. One day, he was helping his Mom hang some laundry out in the cold when she fell ill and fainted upon entering the house. Harley did his best to care for her but after a couple days it seemed his family had all become very sick. He was fine. He recalled his mother telling him that he had to take a journey into town to fetch a doctor. The walk was 10 miles or so and he was only 7. He had to be strong as he was the man of the house with his Father gone. He bundled himself up and headed out early in the morning.
It was cold and began to snow and Harley started to doubt he could make it. He said the snow started blinding him and his feet were so frozen that it was hard to keep going. Suddenly a friendly dog greeted him and behind him a man. Harley was relieved. The man was very handsome and wore a strange coat that didn’t look warm enough, it looked leather and had fur around the collar. The stranger introduced himself as Finn and asked him where he was heading. He said he was going the same way and they walked side by side through the storm along with Finns dog. Harley said they talked and talked although he didn’t remember what about but he did recall feeling warm and safe and full of energy. The journey flew by and as they approached the small town Harley looked around to see that the dog was gone when he looked back at Finn, he had disappeared as well! They were quite a ways out of the woods and there was nowhere he could have gone to. Harley was confused but soon found someone to speak with.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t go back out for a while due to a huge snowstorm. Sadly my Great Grandfather's Mother and siblings passed away. Now the story didn’t end there. This twist has always boggled my mind and I just wish I had the answers. Harley married my Great Grammie Sara and they named their firstborn son Finn after Harley’s 'angel in the woods'. Finn was a handsome man who became a pilot against his mother's wishes. In 1941 he crashed his plane flying solo and my Grandmother couldn’t speak his name again until she was old and on her deathbed. I saw an old photo of Finn in his leather bomber jacket with the fur around the collar. I always wondered if he had been the angel that saved my Grandfather's life. - DL
“We saw Santa's dog one Christmas eve.. Joke... but seriously when I was 12, I was helping my dad get my mom's present and bring it in the house after she went to bed. It was about 10:30 PM and we carried the gift into the house and I went back outside to close up the truck. It was a pretty bright night with the moon and it had snowed about 6 inches earlier that day. As soon as I stepped off the porch and turned the corner to walk to the driveway, as soon as I looked up, there was the biggest dog I have ever seen. I think it was one of those Russian dogs that protect the livestock from wolves. As soon as I saw it, I stopped dead in my tracks. I thought I was dead. But it just sat there looking at me with his head tilted to the side like he was curious. I just stood there frozen in place just staring at it I'll never forget the color. It was pure white. About this time my dad came around the corner and stopped frozen like I was. After about 20 seconds, it stood up turned around on our shovelled path and walked towards the driveway (I live in a very rural area) I remember it had on a red collar with bells on it. As soon as I turned to my dad to see if he was watching this and turned back, it was gone (my driveway is about a 1/4 mile long). I have no idea where it came from or where it went. We looked for tracks for about 45 minutes and couldn't find any which is strange because the snow was fresh with no tracks other than from the truck pulling in. I never felt threatened by it or anything it was just surreal and if my dad had not have saw it, I would probably question whether it was really there.” - Mike Whipkey
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