I've finally gotten brave enough to submit this experience to see if anyone else has had anything similar occur to them. I've submitted one story and thought I would go in chronological order with others but this recent set of experiences has me perplexed. This will take some preliminary explanations so be patient.
In the spring of 2010 life at my house was quite tumultuous. My daughter was planning on moving off with her then fiancé (now husband) to finish her last year of college; my son was graduating from high school and leaving for college in the fall and my husband announced as soon as our son had graduated he was moving out and wanted a divorce. As you can imagine this instant empty nest arriving had me upset and I was continually telling my basset hound, "It's just going to be me and you, Rosebud, me and you!" Unfortunately before my husband moved out, I came home one day to find Rosebud's back legs paralyzed. After trips to the vet and a lot of hours trying to nurse her back to health she passed away.
I would not generally even consider getting a new pet for a while as Rosebud's sudden death had just made a sad situation worse for me and my kids. But I could not imagine being in the house without any company after everyone moved on so a few weeks later (after my husband had moved out), I visited the shelters, interviewed dogs and found Maisy.
Maisy was 8 weeks old and weighed 4 pounds when I rescued her. She has slept in bed with me every night since then. I take her everywhere I can, we take rides in the car, go to the beach, she's loves the drive-thru at the bank because they send her treats. After the kids moved out she truly helped me keep my sanity and sense of humor. I tell you all this to let you know the circumstances in which she arrived and just how much we needed each other at that time.
So here's what has been happening. Several months ago I started noticing around the house what I thought was a dog out of the corner of my eye. Thinking it was Maisy I would turn to talk to her but nothing was there. First couple of times I dismissed it as my imagination but it started happening more often and I kept getting at least a glimpse of the tail. So I thought well I've got a ghost dog following me around maybe it's Rosebud just coming by for a visit except that the tail I kept seeing was furrier and brown.
I would be standing at the mirror in the bathroom when I would feel a cold nose nudge my leg. I would look down to see if Maisy was after the toilet paper roll... Nothing there. Another time in the bathroom I was standing at the mirror when the drawer I had pulled out next to me was bumped from below. I once again looked to speak to Maisy but nothing. (Maisy is now 50 pounds, very tall and brown/black brindle coloring. She has greyhound and dutch shepherd in her I'm told.)
The kicker was when I was calling her to go outside with me I saw her (Maisy) out of the corner of my eye come running up. I turned toward her and she was not there. I turned a complete circle certain that I had seen her. After searching the adjacent rooms for her with no results, I went looking for her in the back of the house. I found her very alert lying on the bed with her head up. It was then I realized that most every time I had an experience like this I had either called Maisy or was thinking about her. After going to look for her she would be in bed, on the couch or in her crate, awake looking at me when I walked in.
So I thought this is ridiculous! I believe people can astral project but can a dog?
Soon after, on a visit to my sister Bev's house, I told her about my latest experiences. I had told her about my ghost dog but not the latest developments. I always bring Maisy with me as she has a similar size dog and they like to play. When we are away from home Maisy likes to know where I am at all times. If we are separated by a door or gate she waits on the other side until I come back and then greets me like I've been gone for weeks.
I was outside in the garage later unloading groceries. Bev was in the house with both dogs. The dogs were at the door to the garage waiting for me to finish unloading so they could be let out. My sister has been able to see auras in people since she was young so that might explain this next part. As she was standing in the kitchen looking at the dogs she noticed Maisy was standing perfectly still just staring at the door. Now this is odd in itself as Maisy is rarely still, she is usually whining and scratching at the door when she's trying to get to me. My sister then noticed a light start shining around her muzzle; it grew brighter and then went through the door presumably to the garage where I was. I walked in soon after and Bev was still kind amazed and puzzled by what she'd seen. I didn't see anything in the garage so Bev and I aren't really sure what happened.
These occurrences have slowed down but still happen every once and awhile. You're free to speculate as to my imagination etc. But be kind. I would truly like to know if any of the more experienced responders have heard of anything like this or have an explanation.
Sorry so long... Thanks for reading though.