I have always been a rational, scientific person and extremely skeptical of the so called paranormal, but I had an experience when I was 12 or 13 that I knew was odd at the time but just assumed it was the worst, most realistic dream I've ever had. I'm now 44 and am thinking differently about it after reading others' similar descriptions and would like some insight/advice as to what may have happened and why.
I've always slept with my bedroom door closed. I had a medium sized dog named Buddy who was sleeping at the end of my bed by my feet and woke up one night by her growling lowly and staring at my door. She seemed unsure, scared, and trying to make out was she was looking at. I looked at my door and it was opened about 2-3 feet wide with the black silhouette of a man standing in it, not moving a muscle and boldly looking in at me. I didn't move because I didn't want it to know I was awake but just stared at it waiting to see if it moved but it didn't. It just stood there looking in, not trying to hide and very confident in itself. There were no men in my family besides my older brother and it was not his silhouette, but definitely a man's. I closed my eyes and fell back to sleep out of pure fear.
I woke up later, felt like an hour or two, with the door in the same opened position, no dark silhouette and my dog gone. I had no other logical explanation at the time other than a very bad and real dream that has stuck with me my entire life. I've had many bad dreams that I don't remember but this one stuck with me because of the realness of it.
Just wondering if anyone can explain what it may have been and what its possible intent was if any.