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23 August 2009 @ 01:25 am
The night my dogs didn't recognize me: A haunting

I was lying on my back on me bed, texting.

Sammy and Dee were lying around me. Suddenly my smoke alarm went off, then abruptly stopped. I thought maybe the battery was low, although my landlord had just changed it during last inspection. I finished my text and went out into the hall to check the smoke alarm. The dogs jumped off the bed and trotted to the door, thinking I was taking them out.

I stood and looked up at the alarm, which is far above my head and out of reach. The indicator light was blinking, which means the battery is fine and it is working. I sniffed around, I could smell no smoke or cooking smells, then the dogs came back down the hall...

they both stopped and stared at me, or at least where I was still standing, directly underneath the alarm, and started barking and barking, especially Deedee, she was afraid to come near me, I was talking to them and reassuring them and holding out my hands, I started flipping on every light, but they were running away from, turning and looking at me and barking and barking, which is so out of character for them that it was giving me chills. I couldn't catch Sam, but I finally caught Deedee and was telling her it was ok and when I went to pick her up, she started peeing on the floor she was so afraid. Even after I picked her up and took her to the bathroom where it was bright, she had her squinty afraid face.

My smoke alarm also detects heat, so a dramatic or sudden change in temperature could cause it to go off. As well, ghosts are well known for draining batteries suddenly when they are in the area.

This whole thing got me to thinking about something that happened about a week and a half ago. I had started noticing in my photographs "orbs" which are generally accepted as spirit energy or partial manifestations, as well as 2 photos in which a large smoky white haze had appeared. It covered most of the photo in the first shot and then was towards the bottom of the next. All the rest of the photos were clear. I had examined these, but I know digital cameras are known to be overly sensitive to dust and tend to produce "false orbs" which is just the super bright digital flash reflecting off particles in the air, so I dismissed them. However, I did notice that all orbs or anomalies I've captured on camera, only occur in the living room, which is closest to the smoke alarm. As well, the pictures had been taken several days apart, but in the same spot.

I could always explain it away, maybe the alarm battery is dying, but this model emits a single "BEEP" when the battery is low, not an actual alarm sound.

I could say that I was in shadow with the light from my bedroom behind me, standing still looking up at the alarm and that's what startled my dogs, but that doesn't explain why they kept barking when I turned on the lights and ran away from me, or Deedee peeing.

One of the orbs in the photo looks much like a refraction, but the large smoky white patches on the other photos that occur no where else on the rest of the photos are harder to explain, especially since the camera was on timer both times, and I was across the room when the pictures were shot.

I've lived here for two years with no disturbances, but my house was a boarding house for farmers, and it was built in 1908. I am convinced however that whatever it was is not attached to the house, nor is it residual.

To be continued?

UPDATE: Sam is terrified and clawing up on my lap. He is staring intently at the spot where the photos were taken and shaking. I cannot make him get off my lap and go over there. Maybe it's just wind?
Acacia Hopenight_sky99 on August 23rd, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
That is BEYOND way too cool!

I love ghosts and love hearing about ghostly encounters. It's totally a ghost.

Have you ever watched the show Ghost Hunters on Syfy channel?
kisstherain4mekisstherain4me on August 24th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I don't think so, but I used to watch a british one.
vixvix on August 24th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
W e i r d. Animals sense things that we cannot, so I wouldn't doubt he and Deedee are sensing a disturbance in the home of some sort, though whether it's paranormal or more benign in nature it's hard to tell. Could be a sudden drop in barometric pressure, subterranean aftershocks of some sort, approaching storms, etc. Keep us posted, this is fascinating!
Sarahoosweetpeaoo on August 24th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
I think this kind of stuff is so interesting. That's pretty cool!(Although scary at the time it happens) I had a similar thing happen at my old house with my parents' dog.
Pirate Likes Oatmealpratelikesoatml on August 24th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
im such a sissy when it comes to stuff like this.