Jennifer and I are blessed to have a 6 year old Shih Tzu named Sophie. She is such a laid back caring dog that seems to have a connection to both Jennifer and I. She can tell when either or both of us are upset or mad. She'll be there to give comfort for those reasons or to give aid if we are not feeling well.
Ever since we have been at our current location, Sophie has had to deal with our "situation". Over the past four years we have seen her tucking her tail and running from one room to the other. As if something is poking/biting her. We, of course, will pick her up and examine her to make sure she is not being bitten by any pest.
Other times the three of us will be relaxed watching a show and she will raise her head up and growl at a different part of the room. And Sophie doesn't growl at all except in this type of thing.
All of the floors in the house are the laminated hardwood floors which Sophie finds completely ridiculous. She is unable to find any kind of grip if she finds the need to accelerate for either play or retreat. She reminds me of the cartoons as the characters run in one place, for a couple seconds, before they take off. We can usually tell when something poked her by the sound of her paws/claws make when this happens.
After about the second to third week after moving into the house we woke to the sound of this coming from the living room in the middle of the night. But it sounded like several Sophie's. As in more than one. We were flabbergasted. We were certain it wasn't her because she was right there in bed with us. This continued off and on for several weeks. On two different occasions I got up to investigate only to have it stop as soon as I turned the corner to see in that room. It eventually slowed to the point of a couple times a month, then to just every now and then. (It actually woke Jennifer up last Friday morning about 4am.)
So, with that being said, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Sophie has her own doppelganger. Now there is more to it than just the sound of her paws on the floor. Two different times I saw her from the living room come out of the bathroom, cross the hall and go into our bedroom. It was odd that she would be coming from the bathroom because I never saw her go in there. So I would go and look and she would not be in our bedroom. She would either be on the couch or outside with Jennifer. I shared this with Jennifer not to long ago and she said she has seen the same thing.
We have a pretty solid routine every workday morning. One of them is letting Sophie out in the morning to take care of her business. She goes out on her own and comes back up on the deck and gives us a little bark when she is ready to come back in. Very routine. About two weeks ago I was fixing our lunch in the kitchen as Jennifer was setting at the table watching the news while enjoying her coffee. Sophie had been out for a little bit so her routine bark was expected. I was three steps from where I was at to open the door. I opened the door to find nothing. Nothing. I walked out on the deck looking every direction and possible spot but no Sophie. I quickly stepped back in the house and asked Jennifer IF she heard Sophie as well. She confirmed that she heard her as well. She got up and went to the front of the house to look out the front door. There she was around 60 YARDS in front of the house slowly walking back to the house. FREAKED us out. There is no way Sophie could have barked at the door and be where we found her in the matter of 25-30 seconds.
So what does everyone think? Doppelganger? And if it is, is this the entity that is giving her such a hard time? I have only physically spoken out loud twice to whatever is in our house. One of them was to leave Sophie alone, which didn't seem to help. Poor Sophie, she is at home a whole lot more than we are. And by herself. Will appreciate any and all comments and suggestions.