I'm a 37 years old French and I've been living in Mauritius for more than 3 years now. It's important to say, because being French, I've never been raised in such beliefs as spirits, ghosts or demons.
Mauritius, though, is a place where a lot of people have witnessed paranormal activity of many sorts, but mostly apparitions of human-like or demonic forms, that they interpret as being ghosts or demonic figures. Some figures are so famous that they even get a name so that if you talk about it, anybody would know exactly what you're talking about. I've always been both very skeptical and curious about it.
So here is my story, which happened 3 months ago (Oct 2012). On a Friday night, at 2 am, all the dogs in the neighborhood, mine included, started barking intensely, not howling, just barking but strangely enough, altogether. My dog is a Labrador and he's usually calm and won't bark for nothing. He started barking, but I thought he would stop like all the dogs pretty soon, so I went to sleep. But he kept barking really loud as if he saw something, so I decided to get out of bed to check it out.
I live in a big house near a pond, and there is a dirt path between the pond and the end of my garden, which is fully fenced. I found my dog in the closed patio, which has large glass windows through which one can see the pond and the dirt path. My dog was clearly barking at something which was near the path. At first outside lights were off, so I could not see a thing. I turned the garden lights on, my dog went to the corner of the patio and was intensely barking. So I tried to look in the same direction as him, and suddenly I saw a form, at first indescribable, moving on the dirt path, very smoothly, and silently.
The more I looked at it, the more it took a tangible form of a big black cloud the size of a tall man, floating and moving like a slow flying carpet. It lasted about 15 secs until it passed by and went away, so I had time to really stare at it: I clearly saw two big white dots revolving inside the black cloud while it was moving through the dirt path. It seemed like the cloud was expanding as well. The dog saw it too. I now know my dog felt it before he even saw it, and I also believe I would not have seen it if my dog was not there then. I remember I touched my dog just before I saw the thing.
Some Mauritian people told me that I saw through my dog's eyes because I touched him, otherwise I would not have seen it. While I was staring at the black cloud, I could feel it slowed down very smoothly while passing in front of me, and the mass turned at me, but then speeded up and went away.
I've done some research, so far I cannot relate to other black cloud stories, which are often linked to shadow people, the black cloud was thick, one could not see through it, and it has never evaporated, it just left like a slow and low flying living form. Finally the two big white revolving dots were really impressive, because it was the proof the thing was everything but a bad disguise.
Has anyone seen anything similar?