The dictionary defines phantom as "something apparent to sense, but with no substantial existence." And that certainly describes Phantom at the shelter. One could see that he was there, but it was as if he didn't really exist. Phantom is an approximately three-year-old Bluetick Coonhound mix who arrived as a stray on March 11th at the Sampson County Animal Shelter in Clinton, North Carolina. As the days passed, and with no interest, things looked increasingly bleak for Phantom.