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Dog Food In The Oven


My family and I, including one pug-mix dog and two cats, moved into an older home in Oshawa, Ontario (Canada) just over two-years ago. It was built in 1952 - 1953ish and, reportedly, we are the fourth owners with the last owners being there 20 years.

The house itself required renovations from top to bottom, but had a good brick structure and a spectacular yard. About a year after moving in we converted the house to gas from oil and bought a second-hand gas stove off Kijiji which was probably about 5 to 8 years old.

Within a few weeks of installing the new stove and to my astonishment I went to use my oven and found my dog's dry food scattered in it! I was surprised, but I have two teenagers and thought there was an explanation for it. Over the course of the next week it happened at least two more times. No one in the family reported knowing anything about how it got there and were just as amazed as me.

Over the course of the last year now it has happened a couple of more times and each time I get curiouser and curiouser. The lastest occurrence was approximately two-weeks ago.

This weekend I was visiting my parents and I had the opportunity to tell them about these events. They couldn't believe it either. The discussion turned into an entire conversation about how this could have happened, but nothing seems to make any sense.

I should mention that my one daughter has heard the bathroom cupboard close on its own and she has also seen shadows out of the corner of her eye. I have sensed a presence in my bedroom once and a friend who claims she is "sensitive" advised me there is an old harmless women in my home who is searching for something she has lost.

At this point in time, no one in my home is concerned for their safety or is terribly bothered, but we all are quite interested in hearing of any explanation for these events and/or interpretation of any message we might be misreading.

I have tried to search the web to see if anyone else has ever had a similar story, to no avail.

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geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-13)
Also, I forgot to mention... I live in Ajax and I know some of the older homes can have some history to them, some of them being on the crazy side.
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-13)

To answer you question, personally, it's probably one of the safest ways to contact the paranormal BUT I suggest saying a prayer of protection from whatever faith you practice so you won't get hurt. As someone mention here, a medium would be great if you have tried EVP or any of the other communications before. Also, like getting in something new, do some research into whatever you are gong to do before you actually do it. (Hope that makes sense). 😳

Like suggested from other poster, I would check out the actually oven for rats / mice or any other critters because you even mentioned that it was actually sitting there for a while before it was plugged in.

My suggestion would be the EVP for the paranormal investigation. To get rid of any critters in the house, make it simple and call the people that get rid of bugs and everything else. (Sorry, after a long day at work, my brain can't think of the word for them) :P

Keep us updated and good luck!
Pjod (3 stories) (978 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-12)
It's very possible a nest of mice came with your oven, as BrokenTree mentioned. You'd be surprised the projects these critters are capable of.
carries (1 stories) (2 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-12)
Thanks everyone. All of your input is important to me.
To answer Ishandu, yes, all activity started after the stove was installed. We actually had it in our kitchen uninstalled for a few months, but nothing occurred then.
Does anyone know anything about EVP's? Is it safe for me to do this in my home?
madlibbs (1 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-12)
A friend of mine, who had other activity in her house as well, would have full cans of soda from the fridge left open on the kitchen counter. Her mom would get so mad at her and her brother, but it never was either of them. I guess my point is, sometimes these entities do strange things.
Raftingirl (2 stories) (113 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-11)
I must comment on this one. When I was 12, we had a dog. It's food was in a cupboard at all times as we lived in the country. My mother would find bits of dogfood in the weirdest places, for instance, in the plants, under her dresser, even in the car.

My brothers and I were chastised relentlessly for having done these deeds. My dog was never allowed upstairs and most of the food appeared up there. As kids we speculated about ghosts, even back then.

After many punishments, she actually saw that it was a chipmunk in the house. She caught it out of the corner of her eye one day running out of the cupboard when opening the cupboard for more dogfood (that had disappeared from the bowl). She kept a vigil and saw how crafty not only that thing was but also a mouse.

When I think of all the beatings I could have avoided, I'd have killed the little beasts myself.

Never underestimate the other living creatures that can do these things.

Just thought I would share:)
lsandhu (2 stories) (360 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-11)
Just to clarify, I meant to say 'reputable' medium and in no way meant to suggest your sensitive friend is not respectable. I just meant she likely has less experience with her gift than someone who practices with it on a regular basis (assuming this is the case).
lsandhu (2 stories) (360 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-11)
Did you not notice any activity until the new stove or was it just the dog food thing that started after that? A haunted stove, eh? Crazy. In this situation, I'm tempted to suggest you set up a video camera pointed to the stove, but if it happens only a handful of times in a year, you'd have to be pretty patient and diligent. If your curiosity is extreme it might be worthwhile, though. Alternatively, you might consider having a respectable medium over. No offence to your sensitive friend, but someone more practiced might be able to offer more insight and a possible solution. Maybe this older woman would like to move on at last.
carries (1 stories) (2 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-11)
Thanks guys!
I can advise that we are mouse free although I thought that was a clever answer:-)
Can I just clarify that when I said "scattered" I should have put heaping handfuls! Crazy, I know!
SDS, when you say communicate with her do you mean just casually or via some other method like EVP's? Shouldn't I try to figure out what she lost first?
Thanks again,
sds (14 stories) (1436 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-11)
carries, I am confused about the pet food in the oven. I feel that it could not have any relations to paranormal activities. But, other things you described briefly like your daughter saying that the cupboard in the bathroom close on its own and your sensitive friend saying that there is a woman trying to find out something are probable paranormal encounters. Well, why don't to try to communicate with her as your friend says she is harmless and try to lead her to light. You can also take the help of your friend in this regard.

Nice narration and thanks for sharing.

BrokenTree (76 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-10)
I didn't want to post twice so forgive me my error.
The mice probably came in with the stove. Lift the top (it's on a hinge) and you may find a nest there. Also check the broiler compartment too as that is another favorite nesting site.
If you want to do a test for mice, leave some strands of yarn on the counter or near the pet food. Mice just love yarn for their nests. If it's gone you will know for sure what the problem is.
Then you must sit your two cats down and show them a picture of a mouse and say "Mousey!" "Bad" "Kitty Get". If they don't get the idea, make them get a job and contribute to the household finances.
Good Luck.
BrokenTree (76 posts)
12 years ago (2012-09-10)
Mice. I would suggest you start setting some humane traps since you have other animals. I have two cats that are excellent mousers but living in the country, they cannot keep up with all of them. You would be surprised at the many different places that I have found dry cat food. Mice can lift objects that you think would be too heavy for them too. The little beggars will even cooperate in moving things that are to ungainly for one to move. Give the traps a try.

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