I just realized something that freaked me out. In my previous story I mentioned that my parents have felt a force push up from underneath their mattress. Well, we've also noticed that one of my dogs acts very strange around my parents' bed. He creeps around it with his head down, occasionally glancing underneath or sometimes freezing all together. He seems to be terrified of something under the bed. I never put these two together until just now.
Also, in regards to the basement where I saw the apparition... That same dog absolutely will not go anywhere near the basement. My other dog will but always acts strange when he does. And he's always very anxious to leave. Both dogs will also bark or growl at what appears to be nothing. And my parents' cats sometimes stare at thin air.
I guess I'll have to pay more attention to the behavior of animals. I think, if I went ghost hunting, I might consider taking a dog along. Has anyone here ever heard of someone using a dog for that purpose?
I guess I'll also take this opportunity to offer an update. Me, my sister, and my sister's friend have all felt something touch us when we're in the house. It feels, to me, like someone gently laying their hand on my arm or head. And it is, by far, the creepiest thing that's ever happened here. It's bad enough hearing or seeing something but, at least for me, feeling something is ten times worse. Nothing violent so far though. It just feels like someone reaching out and letting me know they're there. Like I didn't know already.