I know this story is going to be a little unbelievable but most of my stories are. I was 17 years old and was staying with my best friend Anna. It was a pretty average night hanging out in her living room. We had just put her son to bed and were having a great time laughing and talking of old times. Now the way her house is set up is you walk into the living room. From this point in the house you can see the hall that leads into the bathroom and kitchen. I was sitting on the far side of the room and had a perfect view of down the hall. I sat against a wall on the floor. Anna sat across from me completely facing me. I wish she had seen the thing I did.
As I said, we were laughing and were happy. The next thing I remember is looking in to the hallway because I thought I had seen something move from out of the corner of my eye. At first, I thought that somehow her son had climbed out of the crib and was moving in the hallway (which at the time was 3 months old). I looked, expecting nothing, but I was wrong. I had to look twice, almost like a double take. The image I saw didn't quite register in my mind and still doesn't.
I looked and I saw one of the most horrifying things ever imaginable. And it takes a lot to even spook me. There in the hall, starring me down, was what appeared to be a skinned dog! It was still bleeding and had some attachments of skin stuck to it. I could see every muscle. Its eyes were locked on me and it seemed to be growling but it had no lips to be growling from. They just weren't there. Its eyes looked so angry and it didn't move its gaze one inch from me. I can still see the image in my head as if it is still happening. It did not move its position any closer but did not retreat either.
When I saw this creature, I immediately stopped laughing and jumped from the floor. Anna kept asking what is wrong. She didn't see it. All I could do was point at it. I don't know why but I was too scared to speak and didn't dare move. All I could think is "what is it?" Anna had grabbed my arm and pulled me close to her. I guess she had seen my face. It was as if I was frozen. Then I finally spoke and tried to frantically tell her what I had seen but when I looked, it was gone. I was speaking so fast by this time she couldn't understand me.
It had taken me hours to calm down. And finally was able to explain what I had seen. It was unbelievable. I didn't sit in the same spot ever again and never walked in the hallway alone after that night. I never saw it again after that but I can see it perfectly in mind everyday. I even have nightmares sometimes.
The very odd thing about this, and I don't know if this is related, but after that I think anything is possible, my beloved german shepherd's chain was found in the back yard three weeks later snapped at the end. No dog to be found. The chain was pointed into the woods. My dog was not the type to run off. Even if he got loose, he would always stay in the yard. My father said he may have chased some coyotes into the woods. My dog never returned.
Sometimes I think the image was a warning of some sort about my dog. Until this day I don't know. It is a burned image in my mind. Not many believe me except for my friend that was there that night. But I know what I saw!