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Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 06:32:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I might have already mentioned that I'm scared of the dark. Don't try to help me, there is no help for it, I know, I've tried.

There is a roof panel that Hurricane Charley took off, that used to be over the back porch but is now in the back yard. Its lying right outside the window where my computer is. The roof is made up of two by fours and 5V crimp. It's a complete roof, it has just been removed from the top of the house. One day we will dismantle it, store the materials and reuse them for something else. It's on the to-do list. But for now, that's where it is.

Every now and then, one of the dogs will walk across it and you can hear it from inside the house. You know what that sounds like...crackle! bang! as the metal bends and then pops back out. Every now and then one of the young pigs that keeps getting out, will walk over it. Same sound only a little louder, with the hooves and all. I've gotten to where I barely notice it anymore.

Well, lemme tell you, last night just before I went to bed, something walked across that thing and had it snapping and banging and crackling so loud that there was no way I could have ignored it!

Red Dog was lying on the floor next to me, and his head flew up, he jumped to his feet and stared at the window growling. Elvis and Girl were outside on the front porch (the other side of the house) and they went to barking like crazy. Raisin and Noodle were out in the pasture and they started barking like mad as well.

Without a second thought, I opened the safe and got out my .410. In the back of my mind I was thinking that maybe one of the bigger pigs got out, but do you think I went out there to check?

Did I not say I was scared of the dark?

We are the last house at the end of a mile-long dirt road. The property has twelve acres of grove and then woods at the back. The next property behind us picks up with more woods and then pasture, but no house. There's a reason I always reach for the safe if I get nervous, there's not another house behind us for a good long ways. Nothing lives back there but four-legged creatures.

I couldn't even look out the window, as all the windows in this room are still boarded up. So I just kind of stood there listening for any new sounds.

By now Red Dog was barking too, and I encouraged him to keep it up. My second thought would have been that there was someone out there prowling around on the property, so I was pleased to have them know that there was a big dog in the house.

One at a time, the dogs changed from barking to howling. Noodle started it, and then the rest of them chimed in. I'm sorry if you've never heard four dogs go to howling at the same time, because I can't describe what it sounds like. All I know is that it raised all the little hairs on the back of my neck.

Red Dog sat back on his haunches and lifted his head. He was half way through a howl when I nudged him with my knee.

"Stop that crap!"

The only thing worse than hearing that eerie howling, is hearing it right up close and personal. I had goosebumps crawling all over me. When a dog starts howling, they go somewhere else in their mind. Their eyes take on a far-away look and any resemblance to a domesticated, sweet- natured pet, vanishes. They don't hear you, they don't see you, and if you get right in front of them, they look right through you. Red Dog was just getting into that distant mode when I yanked him back.

Just as soon as it started, the howling stopped. It got very quiet outside until I heard a bang over by one of the little sheds, and then nothing.

I don't understand this. If it had been a deer, or a cow the dogs would have kept on barking and run around there and chased it off. If it had been a big dog, same story. Or a person.

What would cause them to freeze in place and howl like that? Would it be something that they related to, but on a basic gut level only, simply because it was canine? Like a wild dog or a wolf? Or would it be something that they didn't relate to at all, but were afraid of, like a panther. Or could it be something that they couldn't identify in any way shape or form that frightened them badly enough to call for reinforcements.

Who knows why a dog howls?

We'll never know what it was, because here it is broad daylight, and I still haven't been out there to look around. I suspect that when I do go look, I'll find that metal roof all dented to hell...and I don't know if I want to see that.

KellyGa    Posted 10-24-2004 at 14:01:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, Ian just found a house out on 31 acres. When you go down the drive its just trees and trees, can't see the house until it opens up into an 8 acre clearing. Close to the Alababma line. I dont care who you are, even Ian said he would be freaked out at night there for quite some time too come. I said, well, at least you can see the boogers coming to getcha since you got an 8 acre clearing around the house, gives ya time to run and get your shotgun!! LOL!!!

toolman    Posted 10-24-2004 at 10:19:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i think if it was a bear or even a cat the outside dogs would of harrassed it, it must of been something that the dogs were afaird of and not much will scare them when it comes to protecting their home, hmmm look for big foot prints and foul smells lingering in the area, willy should of been able to ID this , they walk all over the pacific northwest, some folks don,t want to mention them though, you know the UFO syndrome, nice story, i really would work on the yard light though.scarey and with halloween just around the corner too.ohhhhhhhhhhhh

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 10:28:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Who knows, but yes I will work on that yard light. Thankyouverymuch.

toolman    Posted 10-24-2004 at 10:41:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
or better yet so you and the rest of us don,t ever find out what it was and have to live with this suspense hanging over the whole board, get a camera, a blanket , and go outside right beside the tin, tonight ,throw the blanket over you , head too, and when you hear it snap a picture, oh and before all this takes place teach elvis how to post pictures just in well you know ,lol. actually sometimes in the night you can see better in the dark than you can with a yard light, you should be careful, i never fear four legged critters but am cautious of the two legged kind, stay safe.

Willy-N    Posted 10-24-2004 at 09:35:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you need a Yard Light! Get a High Pressure Sodium light on a pole in the yard. That way at night at least you can see to go out and take a look around. Only using a flash light to see is a bummer if you have to shoot at the same time. Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 09:38:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've got one right at the property line. It doesn't carry to the back yard though. Fred has been talking about putting up a few more. Maybe this little tale will encourage him to stop thinking and do.

JoeK    Posted 10-24-2004 at 08:44:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Without goin to the realm of weirdness,I'd suspect a bear if you have them.They are night prowlers and other than a hog about the only wild critter of size that are not bothered by noise(walking on the tin)or spooked by dogs.Also dog howling is kind of a"volunteer siren" canines use to summon others to help deal with a situation beyond their lone abilities and needing the help of the"pack" and pass along the info,therefore being somewhat contagious.Bears will wander over many miles and are principally harmless solitary scavengers,you may have one passing thru that was displaced by the storms or such. Just my opinions...Great story!

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 09:17:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know what? Not two weeks ago, Ralph the photog for the paper I work for was summoned out to get a pick of a bear not ten miles from here.

Why didn't I think of that?

Now it starts to make some sense maybe. This may be my next week's column.

Shoulda looked out.....    Posted 10-24-2004 at 07:52:45       [Reply]  [No Email]

Quite common where women are home alone.

Doc :)

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 09:20:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now that was pretty much what I was seeing in my imagination. (grin)

DD    Posted 10-24-2004 at 06:41:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another good story Cindi. Haven't replied to all of them lately, been busy busy here but have enjoyed all of them I've read. How about an update on LowRider : ) And BTW, The Pink Chihuaha story had me lmbo when I read that. She sounds just absolutely Take Care and hope your "Plan" comes together for ya soon : )

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 06:54:06       [Reply]  [No Email] have been keeping up!

Except for one I think you missed. We had to put Low Rider down just before Charley came through. He was not doing well. He broke one of his other legs. I may not have posted that here. I tend to forget. I'm sorry!

DD    Posted 10-24-2004 at 07:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's ok Cindi, I just missed it if it was here. And I think with this hurricane season it kinda threw us all for a loop this year. How are the new babies doing? : )

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 07:18:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aww...they're fine! I had to fix a pipe out there yesterday and they were springing around all over the place. They're like puppies. They play hard for a few minutes and then take a nap.

RichZ    Posted 10-24-2004 at 07:57:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi, I'm sorry to hear about Low Rider. I don't think you posted that. I've been meaning to ask you how he was doing. But you gave him much more of a life than he would ever have had.

Please post what you find by the roof. Something that sounded that big, had to have left tracks. Sounds like this is becoming one of your horror stories, but this is real. Are you sure that all of the dogs are OK?

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 09:30:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, they're all fine! There won't be any tracks out there as the back yard is all grass and weeds. Fred and Jake will be home soon and I'll set them on trying to figure it out.

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