WITCHING HOUR

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

This is a story found on the sub­red­dit /nosleep on the Red­dit web­site. (It’s a fo­rum that hosts an ar­ray of hor­ror sto­ries that are too be­liev­able to be un­be­liev­able.) It’s about one per­son’s dog hav­ing a strange noc­tur­nal habit. “We have a dog[...]. We spoil him a lot, too. He used to sleep out­side, but af­ter a few days of rainy nights in Au­gust, we al­lowed him to sleep in­side. Ad­di­tion­ally, he barks at prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing that passes in front of our house at night, so to shut him up, we kept him in.” starts Red­dit user Ol­drock­ingchair in their post. It isn’t too odd to want to keep a pet in­doors dur­ing rough weather. Ol­drock­ingchair went on to ex­plain that they would keep their dog tied so he wouldn’t knock over things or eat ran­dom ob­jects in the room. But af­ter a while, he would start whining and would wake the house­hold. The poster thought he just didn’t like be­ing alone so they even­tu­ally re­lented and kept him up­stairs with them. It stopped the whining but it started some­thing else. “Quite lit­er­ally ev­ery night at 3AM, our dog gets up and does an in­spec­tion of all the rooms. Not be­fore 3AM, and not af­ter.” This be­came a con­cern then. Why at 3AM? What was the dog do­ing? “But at 3AM, like clock­work, he wakes up. When we do let him down [from the bed], he goes from room to room, then sleeps in the door­way of my par­ents’ room. It’s hap­pened ev­ery night that we could ob­serve him. [...] I don’t know what hap­pens in our house at 3AM, but sev­eral times, when we do ‘catch him in the act’, he looks at the door­way of the room (who­ever owns the room he hap­pens to be in would won­der what the hell he’s do­ing), then stares at the per­son look­ing at him, then at the door­way again.” It is said that 3AM is the so-called witching hour. He’s prob­a­bly just be­ing a good guard dog for his own­ers.

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