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The Move - Woken Spirits


Me and my boyfriend - and of course our American Bulldog Bella have just moved out of a house we were renting and into my Grandma's house which is on the road behind where we were originally staying. My dad had suggested this to us only a few weeks ago as my Grandma is now staying in a home and the house was empty. We moved in over the weekend just gone, 5th July 2010.

Now for the past 20+ years my Grandma lived there alone, when I was younger I remember her telling me that my Granddad, who had died before I was born, was always with her. She'd tell me she communicated with him all the time and spoke to him whenever she felt lonely. I vividly remember her telling me a story that she was picking apples from the tree outside and standing on ladders, the wind had blown causing the ladders to shake and she had asked him to hold them still for her, the ladders stopped shaking. I found this really sweet that she still spoke with him after all those years. Being at the grand old age of 88 she has spent the last 8+ months in a home where she has full time care and support. She often forgets where she is and frequently asks to go home.

Home... This is now where we are currently staying. After moving our things in over the weekend we decided that the living room could do with a new carpet as the one that was down smelt musty and old due to the house being unoccupied for so many months. As my dad and boyfriend were laying this carpet down the dog started barking loudly outside, I was out at the time but this is what my boyfriend told me. He went out to quiet her down and as he stepped outside could hear a loud banging, he noticed her looking directly up at the bathroom window and realized someone was banging on the window from inside the house. The banging stopped and he took the dog in the house and continued with the carpet. Once my dad had gone he went upstairs and noticed scratch marks on the wallpaper in the bathroom, I put this down to me and the rest of my Grandma's grandchildren picking at it with our nails when we were younger but I'm not sure I've entirely convinced myself.

Also while I was boxing things up at the old house we left the dog at my Grandma's so she could get used to the house and us coming back and forth every 30 minutes with boxes of stuff told her that we weren't abandoning her in a strange environment. My boyfriend took a load of stuff round while I was still busy packing and said as he went in the living room the dog was cowering in the corner with her tail in between her legs and quivering as though she was scared. Every time we leave the house she panics and tries her best to run past us and outside the house, tail in between her legs. This could be due to the new surroundings, I'm hoping, but I cannot explain the banging on the bathroom window.

We spent our first night there last night but nothing happened.

I thought that maybe it could be my Granddad as he never knew me as he died before I was born, maybe he's saying, 'Hey you! You don't live here!' or maybe it's someone completely different as I can't see my Granddad scaring the dog, I've been told he was a very sweet man. Or maybe it's just us and we need to adapt to these new surroundings and noises!

I'll keep you posted as I have a feeling this isn't the only story I'll be posting about my Grandma's house.

Thanks for reading.

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Hanbobs (20 stories) (119 posts)
14 years ago (2010-09-22)
Thank you! Aww Rex; Reminds me of Rex from Toy Story hehe.
Well my latest story is the follow up to this, Footsteps, Shadows and Dogs. I hope you find the time to read it and see what my latest experiences have been. It's been very interesting living here, infact it's up to now the most energy I have felt (as of yet!). X
Casper-ess (9 posts)
14 years ago (2010-09-21)
Hey a way to start a life in your Grandma's home... Very interesting story. Bella would def pick up on anything paranormal straight away but at the same time,she's also gettin used to new surroundings too. Doesn't sound like anything of an evil nature & because you never new your Grandpa...I'd say that there's a lot of change & that's what might be bringing on all these things at the one time. Agree with most here, would def be talkin with your Grandpa & tell him that it'll be ok,re-assure him & with a bit of luck... All will settle itself! Good luck with your new home & the renovations... May it be a blessed time for you all! I've got a dog Rex who's a GSD, just turned 5yrs old... Dogs are the best... Luv the name Bella... Very cute! ❤
blue_raven80 (13 stories) (338 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-14)
Poor doggie! It could be you granddad since he doesn't know you. You might want to talk to him and tell him that you are his grandchild and your grandma is in a nursing home. I guess it will make him stop scaring your dog. BTW, I love the name of your dog.
Hanbobs (20 stories) (119 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-13)
Thanks for the comments guys! 😊 I already spoke allowed to this 'spirit' and told it we mean no harm what so ever, I haven't really had any problems since except we've heard the odd banging of doors coming from downstairs at night when we're in bed. And I also notice that it seems to like sliding the cupboard door open that's under the sink in the kitchen, I don't know how many times I've come back to find it wide open and just laughed at this little game and closed it, only for it to be opened again! 😆 And I can guarantee it won't be my boyfriend as this cupboard is home to the fabric softner and washing tablets for the washing machine, so he would have no reason to be opening it as he doesn't even know how to turn on the washer! Hehe
Bella has calmed down now although she's still not keen on being on her own in the house so we have to make a sharp and quiet exit so she won't get upset and anxious. And yes I agree, Am BD's are so sweet, she is the softest dog and in my opinion the best - she weighs in at 7 stone which is just under 100lbs, you think she'd be scaring things away not cowering. 😉
And thanks BadJuuJuu we like the name too!

Hannah x
23_Chantelle_23 (84 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-13)
Poor doggie! It could be a nasty spirit 😢i hope it is your grandfather though 😊 I think if you were to feel any kind of angry or evil presence you could try what dragonwalker suggeseted (makes sense) maybe they don't want new people around. From your grandmothers experiences though the spirit (if the same) doesn't sound all bad, maybe just misses grandma and is pissed at the idea of sharing the house with different peoples. Poor pup though! Give it a hug for me! **LucK** 😁
dragonwalker (5 stories) (77 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-12)
Perhaps offering a general statement of intent to the household at large (to the air, rather than directed at any one or thing in particular, if I understood whitebuffalo's statement on that from another post). Something like "We all live here now too and we want to take care of this house and make it a happy home again." In my limited experience, this has calmed some activity.
Good luck with your renovations! (BTW, I LOVE Am BD's! Gorgeous, sweet awesome doggies!)
BadJuuJuu (guest)
14 years ago (2010-07-12)
That poor dog. Being brought to a new home inhabited by someone she doesn't know would be enough to give her a scare I think. Normally I say if a pet reacts badly to a visitation, run for it. In this case though, I think Bella (love the name btw, and adore bulldogs) is just having to adjust to a whole lot of new all at once. Give her some time, and some extra attention, and I think she will probably settle down and adjust. It will take a little time for all of you, dog, living humans, and long-time occupant of the home, to get used to the new home situation.

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