I’ve been working for the same non-profit for about six years now, and it is literally housed in a house that was built in the early 1900s. When I first began working in the house, I always felt that the building was creepy, and I had some experiences with creaks and noises and seeing lights, but I brushed them aside. Then I had an experience where I saw, right before my eyes, a set of doors close, swing shut, and click together with no apparent reason. No wind, no other person, no nothing. I told a co-worker, who had replied that she had always gotten an odd feeling at that end of the house too.
Well, fast forward to this summer. Fast forward through more flashes of light out of the corner of my eyes, more things moving or swinging in front of me, more creepy feelings. Fast forward through rooms and hallways getting painted, a new roof going up, new construction projects going on through the building. Fast forward through six years of visitors to the building and fast forward to me having to put up an exhibit in that end of the house this summer.
In the mornings, sometimes I will walk Finn through the building with me, and since I have been working on this exhibit, I have been going down that hallway and walking through those doors, which once closed in front of me, more and more often. Four times out of five, when I bring Finn down that way, she will stop dead in her tracks – all four paws digging into the floor, all of her body pulling back away from me. Some coaxing, some “it’s all right” and “good girl,” some pulling and pushing on my part, and we are slowly back on our way. But the minute I am ready to leave that end, she is right behind me to get out of there.
Makes me wonder – I’ve read that dogs can see things we can’t. What do you think?