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.