It was somewhere about three Sunday morning; the moon showed a single quarter-opened eye in an inky black sky. Only a few pinpricks of light for stars.
Half of October was over. A warm wind was blowing out of the north with 76 degrees registered on my outdoor thermometer.
The reason I was even aware of all this night activity was I heard a dog bark. I’d been working on the computer. This quiet community doesn’t have noise of any kind, so a barking dog got my attention.
I’d been up since about two. I needed a poster board I’d bought earlier and hadn’t brought it in from the car. So, I opened the front door, went down the porch steps, grabbed it from the rear of the SUV and went back inside the house.
I’d be cutting it up later, but right now I wanted to get back to my writing. The next hour I was at the computer.
That’s when I heard the dog barking. It wasn’t a constant barking. Just a few adult dog barking sounds.
I’m more than paranoid when dogs bark after dark… and with good reason.
The winter visitors are back. Barking dogs are a huge violation of park rules… especially when it is after ten at night and before seven in the morning.
I went outside to investigate. Bernie and Chris weren’t in the back yard. I didn’t hear any more barking.
I went back inside and softly called them. Nothing. I checked their normal spots.
Not behind the bed. Not under my computer desk. Not behind the chair in the living room. That’s it. I live in a very small house.
I opened the front door. Both dogs were standing at the foot of the porch stairs. Not a sound. They just looked at me.
Apparently, they had silently followed me out and slipped behind me. I’d opened the back of the SUV, grabbed the single sheet of poster board, slammed the rear door, walked back upstairs, shut the porch gate, went through the door, and turned off the light.
Bernie and Chris were left outside. They had at least an hour to explore. I have no idea if they stayed right at the foot of the porch steps… or if they explored the area.
The night was quiet. I hope it stays that way. My dogs are inside, and the dog door is secured.