My Dog Protects Us From This Invisible Being
I have an 8 month old Australian Shepherd (tri color male) who barks at an invisible thing in the living room. He was asleep last night beside the couch and I was watching tv. I saw him rise from the floor with this weird body language. I don't know how to describe it, he was acting strange. I thought oh he is sick and getting ready to vomit. His neck was bent as if he was getting in the position to throw up and he kept his mouth closed the whole time as he was raising up from the floor. I said to my husband, "something is wrong with him, he is getting sick." Then Tucker started growling and stood up. He put his head down like a coyote that is getting ready to attack and started growling and barking at nothing.
He was looking at one thing which I could not see, and he stayed focused on it. I searched the floor for a spider, bug, anything and well-there was nothing. When I say search, I mean on my hands and knees, fluffing his bed hoping for something to fall out. Still nothing.
Then he started backing up like what ever this invisible thing was, was intimidating him and he continued to growl as he backed up. Then he reached the wall and just sat there. Almost like someone had given him the command of stay. We tried to get him "come here" but he wouldn't. Then I said come on take me to it. Come on Tucker lets go. Take me to it baby. Nothing. He would not go past a few steps. I was afraid someone had broke into the house and was waiting in the foyer. I searched the house and nothing.
If it was an insect he would have followed it and then ate it, not follow, growl, coyote stance, back in a corner and stay. If it were a person he would have jumped on them and barked, again not what he did. I did a little research and many people have witnessed their dogs do such things, but they credit it to paranormal activity.
A few people have said that it could be rats or mice. OHHH what about sleepwalking. Could he have been sleepwalking? One person suggested coyotes and they are around here. We hear them all the time at night. So I have convinced myself that he heard a coyote that I couldn't hear and saw a mouse at the same time. But I just have this feeling that I am wrong and something may be wrong. Please guys help me. I wasn't an animal person until July 2012 so all this stuff is new to me. I do not think it was a ghost, but I do feel like he was trying to protect us. My husband wont admit it, but I know he was scared too.