Hello, my name is Matthew and I live in Tallahassee, Florida. The only reason I am giving out my city is because I want people who live around here to know that there is a creature lurking around Florida’s capital.
I am 15 years old and a Sophomore in High School. As a Christian, i’ve never really believed in the supernatural or the paranormal but after a few months ago, I don’t really know what do believe. My encounter happened in December of 2017, just a few months ago. It was about a week before Christmas and I had just gotten out of school for Winter Break.
It was a Friday night and I had crashed on the couch while watching TV. At around 1am I am awoken by my dog who needed to go outside and use the bathroom. This isn’t unusual as he does this almost every night. He is old and I guess he’s gotten a weaker bladder so as annoying it is to get up and let him outside, I do it.
15 minutes had passed and I hadn’t heard him bark to be let in yet. Normally it only takes him about 2-3 minutes so I was a little concerned. Now my house has 2 stories and we were upstairs. We have a deck right outside our sliding glass door. So when I went out to call his name for him to come in, I can practically see our whole backyard. Our backyard leads to the woods, we don’t have large woods but we don’t have small ones either. So after calling his name and not seeing or hearing him I decide as tired and irritated I was, I would go out and look for him. Not to mention it was twenty something degrees that night.
I get my flashlight and put on my shoes and went out to look for my dog. As I was walking about 2 minutes into the woods I finally found my dog. I tried calling him over to me but he was just ignoring me. As I was calling him I noticed that the normal noises you hear outside at night such as frogs and crickets had completely stopped. As strange as I thought it was i ignored it and finally got my dog to come over to me. I then gagged as I noticed an awful strong smell.
At that point I just wanted to get the hell out of there and back in bed. I had my dog by my right side and we started heading back towards the house. As we were walking my dog started barking at the bushes to the right of us. I looked over and what i saw next traumatized me for the rest of my life.
When I looked over I saw a tall dark figure, it must have been atleast 8 feet tall. It had a large muscular body like a body builder. It had a head like a German Shepard with a large snout and long razorsharp teeth. This thing had hands instead of paws, hands like a human but about twice the size. I then looked into it’s eyes and i wish i hadn’t. It’s eyes were glowing yellow and it felt like he was piercing into my soul.
This all happened in about 10 seconds before he let out a deep growl. I know you aren’t supposed to run from predators but I really didn’t have any other choice. I grabbed my dog and ran as fast as my legs could carry me thinking this is the end, this is how I die. As i’m running i stupidly look behind me to see if it was chasing me but it wasn’t.
I wasted no time and kept running to my house. I slide the door open shutting it quickly after my dog and myself were both inside. I locked it and sat down for a second to catch my breath and think about what the hell just happened. I got some water and then tried to lay back down on the couch. As i’m laying down, my body froze as I heard a loud deep howl from outside. I managed to sleep that night but definitely not peacefully.
I woke up the next morning and went over to my computer to do some research on what I saw the previous night. I read some stories about sightings all around the country. A good majority of them were just like I had seen. I could not and still can’t believe these things are real. You watch movies like Van Helsing and Silver Bullet but you never expect to run into one yourself. I haven’t told anyone about that night and I don’t plan on it because I know they won’t believe me and say I was having a nightmare.
I know what I saw and I know that was no dream. Please if you live in Tallahassee be careful because this thing is still out there and probably in my woods and God knows how many there are. Please be safe and thank you for taking time to listen to my story.