"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Monday, May 25, 2009


He's full of surprises, that dog of ours. On our walk today, he barked and tried to lunge at two very well behaved boxers for no apparent reason except that they were there and then, five minutes later, walked past a huge black dog, barking furiously at him as if he didn't exist. But the really puzzling moment came a few minutes later when we were back on the road. He stopped dead, stared intently across the road and began growling. Paddy never growls. If he sees a cat or a squirrel, he whines but never growls at them or even barks. However, this time, try as I might, I could see absolutely no sign of an animal or even person anywhere in sight. You see what I'm saying here? We were alone, completely and utterly alone.
But Paddy kept on growling, rooted to the spot until I began to haul him off down the road. Reluctantly, very reluctantly, he allowed himself to be moved but all the way down the hill, he kept stopping to look behind him as if there was someone or something following us.
In the end, even I began to get twitchy.
It had to be a ghost - but a person or an animal?
Welcome to the Welsh Twilight Zone...... Be afraid, be very afraid.


jay said...

Well, you know, dogs can sense things we can't. So it could have been ...

.... a rotting kipper being eaten by the Enemy Cat, three quarters of a mile away! ROFL!

Flighty said...

It certainly makes you wonder when something like that happens. xx

Yorkshire Pudding said...

His sense of smell is so vivid, he probably caught something quite disturbing in the air... most likely the smell of a bitch he used to date when he was a puppy... a bitch that never returned his bone call.

Jennyta said...

Jay and Flighty, I think I'm sticking with the ghost theory. :)
YP, you could be right but.....I'm still sticking with the ghost theory. So much more intriguing!

Daphne said...

I was once looking after a friend's dog and took her for a walk in Roundhay Park and she did exactly what Paddy did, growling at some bushes and refusing to move. Later I read in the paper that there'd been a murder and had been a dead body in those very bushes - - though it had been found and moved before we got there. Creeeeepy.

Jennyta said...

Wow! I'd better start checking the local news, Daphne.

Rosie said...

They say that cats and dogs can see and hear things that we can't. Maybe there was a fox or badger nearby or just maybe it was a ghost. Whooooh!

Jennyta said...

A ghost, Rosie - this is north Wales after all. :)


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