posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 10:20 AM
Hello ATS, today I would like to share an event that happened to me while I was stationed at West Point Military Academy. It took place in May 2006
when my Squad Leader had asked my wife (girlfriend at the time) and I, if we would look after their house & dog while they were out of town on
vacation. They asked the both of us to stay there while they were away, due to the fact that pets were not allowed to be in the barracks.
Of coarse, my Squad Leader being a close friend to the both of us, we agreed to do it. At first everything was fine. We took care of his dog Bo, and
made sure his house was all in order. I didn’t feel comfortable sleeping in his bed, so my wife and I were sleeping in his guest bedroom.
The first couple of nights had been fine, nothing out of the ordinary. Then I started having these horrible dreams, none of which I could remember,
and were very irregular compared to the kind of dreams that I usually have. The dreams would wake me up during my sleep, but stopped after about 3
days. I told my wife about them, and she had told me that she was having some very unusual dreams herself.
After about 3 days of these dreams, they went away, and everything was back to normal for about a week, until one night I was awoken again, but this
time it was not due to a dream. This time I woke up because I could hear Bo the dog, a pretty big black lab, crying downstairs & what sounded like
somebody running up and down the stairs. Thinking the house had been broken into, I grabbed my Glock and when to see what was going on.
As soon as I opened the guest bedroom door, the sounds of footsteps on the stairs had stopped. When I went down stairs, I found Bo, cowering in the
corner, shaking uncontrollably. I immediately cleared the house, then proceeded outside to check the perimeter. After checking both the inside &
outside of the house and making sure that everything was in order, I proceeded to lock back up and go back to bed.
After that, things were quiet for about 5 days. After everything being quiet for a few days, I was woken up from by sleep my the dog growling, almost
as if was about to attack, so again I got out of bed and checked it out. To my surprise, Bo was outside of the door, with his face in the corner
growling. His teeth were showing & the fur on his back was standing up.
This really startled me, due to the fact that he was a very well trained dog. He NEVER went upstairs, barked, growled, got on furniture or anything
like that, so it kind of freaked me out. As soon as I said his name, he stopped, started whimpering, and then ran down the stairs. As I stood in
shock, I thought the dog was maybe sleepwalking, and then went back to bed. I had told my wife what happened in the morning as she listened in
disbelief. We couldn’t really figure out what was spooking the dog so much.
The next night, the same thing woke me up, except this time the dog had urinated all over the floor. When I called his name this night, he ran into
the spare bedroom, and jumped into bed with my wife whimpering. Being mad that he woke me up again and that I had to clean up the mess he made, I
yelled at him, in which then he ran down the steps and went back to sleep.
I was starting to get pretty worried at this time, because like I said earlier, he NEVER came upstairs, let alone get on the beds or furniture ever. I
called my friend to tell him about his dog’s actions, and he said that he might just have just been acting out due to the owners being away. After
talking to my friend, I was pretty sure that the dog was just missing his family.
Later that night, the same thing woke me up. I decided not to get out of bed this time and just yell at the dog to go lay down. As soon as I went to
yell the dogs name, the bed pushed down like somebody had just sat down & it literally felt like there was a thousand pounds lying on top of me.
It was like I was paralyzed. I couldn’t move, talk, or even breathe. I was frantically trying to call for my wife to wake up, but was unable to get
anything out. I was panicking and felt like I was close to passing out due to lack of oxygen. Then right before the moment I thought I was going to be
out, all the “weight” was lifted from me. As soon as the pressure was off of me, the scream I was trying to let out came out. I was out of breath
and sweating profusely.
I heard the dog start crying and heard him rundown the stairs. My wife woke up, asked me what was going on. After I told her, we packed up our stuff,
grabbed the dog & left immediately. We did not return back to the house until the homeowner returned. When I told my Squad Leader what had happened
while he was gone, he thought I was joking. But when he finally realized that I wasn’t joking, he was shocked at what happened. He told me that
nothing has ever happened like that to him or his family before and still couldn’t believe what had happened.
To this day, I have still not been back to that house. My friend has since moved out of that house, but had never witnessed anything like I had while
he was at that residence. Now I ask, has anybody heard of anything like this happening before or has anybody here at ATS even experienced anything
like this? It only happened to me this one time, and I haven’t witnessed anything like this before. This event was very startling for me, and it
left me pretty shook up.
Any questions or comments are welcome and I thank everyone for taking the time to read my post.
_ Buddy McLean