Friday, August 1, 2014

Come to Rob's Talk TONIGHT 7pm ET @Inspired Ghost Tracking (topic: Pets and the Afterlife)

If you live in Maryland or Washington, D.C. - think about attending a free talk I'm giving at the Inspired Ghost Tracking Group meeting. Meet Ghost Trackers and learn about our group... and you can join, too! 

WHAT: Rob Gutro Speaks about "Pets and the Afterlife" 
WHEN: August 1, Friday, 7 - 9 p.m. EDT 
CONTACT: for info
WHERE:  Harry L Cooper VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road Glen Burnie, MD 21061

  • Rob will be talking to us about losing a pet and how they come back to us.  "To lose a pet
    means to lose a child. The love we share with our pets never dies, and the author proves our pets do communicate with us from the other side. Learn how dogs, cats, horses and some birds have the intelligence and ability to send signs to the living after they pass. Take comfort in knowing our pets are around us from time to time and recognize the signs they give. Learn how they wait for us when it’s our time, what a pet’s ashes can do, and the difference between ghosts and spirits. Learn how and why living pets can sense entities. Follow one of the author's dogs on a ghost investigation. Read how spirits of the author’s 2 dogs and dogs from three other mediums communicated with them from the other side. Read about spirit cats and how a ghostly dog rescued a girl. The author also volunteers for Dachshund and Weimaraner rescues and has several dogs."

Thursday, July 31, 2014

An Investigation: A Dirty House and Mr. Monk's Nightmare

  I posted this on my ghost/spirit website- but the underlying theme of a clean, orderly house is so important we're posting it here. 
This was Mr. Monk's Nightmare House!

  Recently Tom and I took part in a ghost investigation and entered a private home being rented by 4 adults in their 20s. The home's inhabitants were complaining of dark shadows and bad feelings. The team that we belong to always investigates private homes who believe there is paranormal activity, and try to debunk it first. If there is something there, we remove it.  Well, it turned out that there was a lot of negative energy inside the house because of people practicing black arts - again, please NEVER use a Ouija board!
   Whenever anything is in disarray, dirty or disorganized, negative entities can feed off of it, and become empowered. Negative energies, like ghosts or even dark entities (non-human) can draw energy from the feelings of stress created by disorganization and filth. 
   We entered a house with black mold in the basement (which can make people physically ill, trigger respiratory problems and in some cases lead to death), and garbage piled up throughout the home. Tom left in 30 seconds and the residents were shocked (likely because they were on drugs). Anyone that knows Tom, knows that one of the many reasons I admire him is that he likes cleanliness. I mean Mr. Monk-like cleanliness - operating room clean. So this was truly Mr. Monk's worst nightmare (and ours!). The home even smelled so bad that I had an asthma attack!
  The residents who lived there also had animals, and dogs and cats have much more sensitivity of smell - and it was extremely painful to them (I could tell). In fact, it appeared the poor dogs hadn't been bathed in over a year. The filth and neglect was disgusting and harmful to all - mentally, physically and spiritually.
nice, clean house! 
  It turned out that there were 2 dark entities in the home and they were feeding off the filth and disarray. So I recommended a thorough cleaning, repainting the walls (which were drawn on with crayon and pen), playing soft music to invite positive energy, opening shades (which were closed) and lighting white candles  - both to bring in light, and throwing out almost everything they could.
  Negative energy, ghosts and dark entities will fester and strengthen in dirty, unorganized environments!
  Pick up and throw out papers, trash, things you haven't used in a year - organize it. Bathe yourself and your animals daily and weekly. Take out the trash. Bring light into your home - Make it a positive energy-filled place where no dark things would want to linger, and you'll be inviting good spirits of people who passed to watch over you, and even beings of light and love.

    This was by far the most disgusting place we have ever seen.  It was truly Mr. Monk's worst nightmare. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today's Adventure: Taking Responsibility

shattered glass near a neighbor's driveway
   We live in a nice neighborhood where houses were built in the early 1960s and most people keep their houses nice and lawns well-cared for. There are exceptions of course, and it's the lazy ones that stand out. Today, though I'm writing about just being responsible for little things- like whenever your trash spills out, or glass breaks on the street. 
   In short, clean it up!

Some of the shattered glass
  There are no sidewalks in our neighborhood until you get on one of the more traveled throughways, so everyone walks on the side of the street. Many people in the neighborhood walk their dogs, too. 
  THE ISSUE: At a house located about 4 houses from us, there has been shattered glass on the street for the last 2 weeks. We can't figure out if the house is inhabited (although trash is put out occasionally) and there are 2 cars in the driveway that are covered over.  No one ever answers the door either, so we think the house is abandoned and just being used to keep cars.
All cleaned up - it took 4 minutes
   Not only is this large area of shattered glass troublesome for dogs and dog walkers, but little kids play in the area and sometimes run barefoot - not to mention getting glass in car tires. 
   NO ONE has picked it up. So, now that I waited the two weeks, I walked over with a bag and dustpan and brush and swept it up.   We just don't understand the lack of care, concern for anyone or why anyone would want a large area of shattered glass in front of their house. The lack of consideration for others makes us crazy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vacation Part 13: U.K. James Gettysburg Re-enactments, Ghosts, Monuments

Rob and James on the battlefield
James at a battlefield fence
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view of the battlefields
In our last travel blog we took you (and our friend James who was visiting us from the U.K.) to Gettysburg, PA and stopped at the Gettysburg National Cemetery. In this blog we'll drop in on a re-enactment and explore some ghostly encounters.

THERE IS A GETTYSBURG ANNUAL RE-ENACTOR'S COMMITTEE! - They organize a re-enactment of the battle, encampments and more every July on the Anniversary of the battle, and we happened to be there for it. 
    The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee was formed in 1995 by local community members. For smaller events the event staff totals approximately 150 and for five-year events approximately 400. The organization is comprised entirely of local folks, from the Gettysburg and Adams County area, who leave their full-time lives for a week in July and come together as one to make this event happen responsibly. More info:

A re-enactor camp of Union Soldiers  near the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Rob and James at the Penn Monument
James with the re-enactors
  THE PENNSYLVANIA GETTYSBURG MEMORIAL - The Pennsylvania State Memorial is a Gettysburg Battlefield monument commemorating the 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers "who fought at Gettysburg"  


woman in period dress
GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS: The battlefields are said to be some of the most haunted areas in the state. My (Rob) experiences as someone who is sensitive to ghosts/spirits and emotional energies confirm that. I developed a massive headache as we approached the town. It was like standing in a stadium packed with people who were all shouting at me. It was overwhelming. The anxiety, fear, nervousness, pride, aggressiveness, passion - all of these feelings from soliders who battled there, and died on the battlefield linger. Some of it was residual, like an emotional thumbprint. There were actual ghosts there, though- intelligent ghosts of men that still lingered.  
      As a Medium, I sense energy from people who passed and can communicate with them (if they're intelligent hauntings). During my recent trip to Gettysburg, PA- the emotional energy left behind from the soldiers going into battle was overwhelming and gave me a whopping headache.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vacation Part 12: U.K. James' Gettysburg National Cemetery: Gettysburg Address

Entering the cemetery
On Saturday, July 5, we took our friend James to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to experience the history (and tragedy) of the civil war. Gettysburg National Park is managed by the National Park Service and has a great museum with countless artifacts found on the battlefields, and monuments erected to every regiment of Union and Confederate soldiers placed over miles of countryside. For the National Park Service Website (hours, info, tours, directions):

Gettysburg National Cemetery
A Confederate Soldier Walks the Grounds
The location of the Gettysburg Address
Many unidentified bodies buried here
ABOUT THE BATTLE:    The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle. The  Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's attempt to invade the North.

CASUALTIES:   Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from both armies were casualties in the three-day battle.

GETTYSBURG NATIONAL CEMETERY  -  On November 19, President Lincoln used the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the fallen Union soldiers and redefine the purpose of the war in his historic Gettysburg Address.  We toured the cemetery and saw the spot where President Lincoln gave the famous address.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Way to Deal with your Pet's Last Days

celebrating Duke's life
Recently, a friend of ours received word that her beloved dog has lymphoma. Just a day before, another friend lost her beloved dog. Around that time, an article and pictorial came out of a photographer who made her dog, Duke's last day the best day ever. Being dog dads, we thought it would inspire you to look at the end of your dog's time in a more positive way. 
Duke gets hamburgers
  So, here's our advice: focus on the time that your dog or cat has with you. Look at this story - we think this will give you something to look forward to with your dog or cat, something to plan and enjoy with the whole family. Make this a time to celebrate your pet's life and have fun together. 
Here's the pictures and the story:

Photo Diary of Dog's Last Day Inspires Owners to Share Their Stories of Loving and Losing Pets

Every dog must have his day. For one black Lab, that day turned out to be his last. When the Roberts family found out they'd have to put their dog Duke down, they decided to make his final day the best one yet, complete with burgers, a trip to the park and more snuggles than any dog could ask for.  STORY AND PHOTOS:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vacation Part 11: U.K. James' Washington, DC Visit: 9-11 Pentagon & Lincoln Memorials

The 9-11 memorial- look like benches
The Pentagon- rebuilt side
On Thursday, July 3, Tom took James into Washington, DC to give him a full tour. They started at the Pentagon and the new 9-11 Memorial. James said that the monument consisted of chairs that represented the people aboard the aircraft that terrorists took over and crashed into the Pentagon, and chairs for the people killed who worked in the Pentagon. Very moving.

The memorial lights up at night

According to the official website for the memorial, The Pentagon Memorial captures that moment in time at 9:37 a.m. when 184 lives became intertwined for eternity.  Each victim’s age and location at the time of the attack have been permanently inscribed into the Memorial by the unique placement and direction of each of the 184 Memorial Units.  Elegant and simple, the Pentagon Memorial serves as a timeline of the victims’ ages, spanning from the youngest victim, three-year-old Dana Falkenberg, who was on board American Airlines Flight 77, to the oldest, John D. Yamnicky, 71, a Navy veteran, also aboard Flight 77 that morning.
Front of the Lincoln Memorial

THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL - This was another stop on the Washington, DC Memorial tour. For the official website go to:  
What type of stone is in the Lincoln Memorial?
The exterior is Colorado white marble, interior walls and columns Indiana limestone, sculpture Georgia white marble, chamber floor Tennessee pink marble, and skylights Alabama marble.

How many steps are there?
There are 58 steps from the chamber to the plaza level, and 87 steps from the chamber to the reflecting pool

WHERE IS IT LOCATED? - The Lincoln Memorial is located at the western end of the National Mall. The nearest metro stations are Foggy Bottom (23rd St. & I St. NW) and Smithsonian (12th St. & Independence Ave. SW).

SEE THE 2 MINUTE CBS NEWS VIDEO ABOUT THE 9-11 PENTAGON MEMORIAL-  from Sep 6, 2008 -  David Martin reports on a new memorial which is set to open at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., in honor of the 184 victims who died there on that September morning nearly seven years ago.   VIDEO:

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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