The “Dog Lady” is an urban legend on the shores of Lake Erie


Where the Michigan Dogman legend is pretty much half man, half dog / wolf, the Dog Lady is a whole different creature. In fact, he was a human who actually transformed into a creature based on his surroundings.

In a small cove off Lake Erie in the town of Monroe, in southern Michigan, is an island, officially known as Kausler’s Island. But through this legend, is she better known under the name of Dog Lady Island. Originally called Fox Island many years ago, the island’s first owners built a large house that was intended to be a religious retreat for women. In the late 1800s, the island was purchased by a family named Kausler, who renamed the island “Kausler Island”.

Over the years, the island has been transformed into a pig farm, dump and community living space. None of these ventures have been successful.

The house burned down in 1961, Mr Kausler died and Ms Kausler was left alone on the island to live in one of the abandoned communal buildings. Well, not quite alone – there was also a pack of wild dogs living on the island. Alone for years, the old lady has become less human and more canine. According to legend traveling through historic Monroe, “She ran on all fours, viciously tearing the flesh of dead animals and pulling the carcasses with her pack of mutts.”

In the 1960s, teens were heading to the island for a party night, with some claiming to see the Dog Lady’s shining eyes staring at them through the bushes. Some said they even saw the old woman herself, saying she looked “savage, ancient, wearing distressed clothes, always in the presence of his pack of wild dogs”. It was during the 1960s that the island was called “Dog Lady Island”.

Legend also says that the woman lost her tongue, possibly torn off by one of the feral dogs as they argued over the carcass of a dead animal.

Somehow, a phone number was circulated that allegedly was Dog Lady’s. The teenagers called the number, which belonged to an elderly woman who was having difficulty speaking. The teens jumped at this aspect and claimed that by calling the number, the Dog Lady had “grossed out” them.

Another version says that after her husband died, she ended up with a number of Doberman Pinscher. One day, for some reason, they attacked her, pulled out her tongue, and left her blind. She was later killed by a gang who kept her body in a coffin. She now haunts the island.

The legend of the Dog Lady continues and seems to grow more and more. True or not, that seems to keep Monroe’s children busy. Local filmmakers even took turns immortalizing the legend in this video:

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