Dog owners will be familiar with the 1,000 yard stare that many dogs exhibit when they simply stop walking and gaze into the distance but the behaviour of my two little gems this afternoon was – err – creepy.
Both Chap and Stanley decided that it was time to sit down and watch something. My video camera was not with me or I would have filmed the synchronised “star-gazing” that they indulged in for about ten minutes. There was no doubt at all that, not only had something caught their attention, but that it was the same something.
My sight is not good but, with two noses pointing at something apparently interesting, I should have been able to spot what had engaged them.
Stanley, who has only recently found his voice, was crooning quietly and Chap was giving out quiet whinges (for want of a better word).
This is not the first time this has happened and I often wonder if dogs can see the ghosts of people and creatures that are “hanging around”. Maybe they can see ancient Roman legions or Moslem soldiers marching through the hills? Maybe, as the purest souls around, they can see angels or other dimensional beings.
Whatever it is they see, this hot afternoon it was a chilly experience.