- Your Pet May Be A Space Alien
- On April 2, 1991, a syndicated column entitled "Short
Takes" carried an item revealing Brad Steiger's shocking research:
"YOUR PET MAY BE A SPACE ALIEN!"
- I was shocked to read that I was quoted as stating that
"one out of five dogs and cats are space pets, descendants of original
alien creatures that were 'seeded' on Earth 50,000 years ago. . . ."
- The incredible saga of the alien pets began sometime
in the spring of 1983 when I spoke on the reality of angels to a reporter
for the National Enquirer. In what I deemed to be a quite moving and inspirational
interview, I stated my belief that, on occasion, in order to work a miracle--such
as saving a drowning infant, rescuing a family from a burning house, and
so forth--angels could actually enter the body of a family's pet and temporarily
utilize its physical form to accomplish the miraculous deed.
- On May 3, 1983, when the interview was published in the
National Enquirer, I was astonished to read the headline: NOTED UFO EXPERT
DECLARES: MILLIONS OF PETS ARE REALLY SPACE ALIENS.
- In examining the published article, I could see that
my belief in angels transiently employing the physical bodies of pets had
been combined with my well-known Star People research. The article cited
the "space pets" as having "charismatic personalities, extremely
protective natures, very compelling eyes, and healing powers."
- Because of the space pets' great psychic powers, the
article continued, "they get along better with humans because they
can bond very closely with their masters." When I expressed my annoyance
to the reporter who had interviewed me, I received the following explanation
of editorial rationale:
- Since angels are not of this world and exist somewhere
"out there" in Heaven--or in space--they may be regarded as "extraterrestrials."
Extraterrestrials are commonly referred to as "space aliens."
If angels--now "extraterrestrial space aliens"--can temporarily
possess pets, then those dogs and cats have thereby been transformed to
"alien space pets."
- A few months later, in August of 1983, the National Examiner
managed to discover a Dr. Radj Potel at the "prestigious University
of Calcutta," who substantiated my discovery that "one out of
five dogs and cats are descended from alien animals."
- In 1984, just when I thought it was safe to return to
the supermarkets, a reporter from Omni magazine called to verify my discovery
of "alien space pets." When I explained the anatomy and evolution
of the misquotation to him, the reporter seemed willing to clarify matters.
In the pages of Omni (February 1985), the angels became "disembodied,
superintelligent extraterrestrials" who may enter the bodies of common
- As the author or co-author of over 150 books about the
strange and unknown, I understand that I am fair game for enterprising
journalists. I do not intend any specific criticism of the tabloid newspapers.
I believe that when the better ones are at their best, they offer a lively
form of reportage and a wealth of human-interest stories. I have freely
given interviews to various tabloids, and I have appreciated their excerpting
and serializing a good number of our books to their diverse and enormous
audiences. I only wish at this time to set the record straight on this
bizarre misquotation that seems to appear in cyclical rotation in various
publications and never fails to draw mail asking how I could have said
such a thing.
- Imagine my bemused amazement when I even heard Weird
Al Yankovich singing that his pets were space aliens. What began as a distortion
to the subject as an interview has become embedded in the culture.