All week long, Ray has been howling two or three times a night. The first night, when the arrroooo alarm went off, I went to check on the blind hound. He was downstairs, standing in the front hall, looking up the stairs. Usually, when something like this happens, Ray will be at the back door waiting for me to let him out so that he can chase whatever-it-is that is passing through our backyard. But this time he was looking UP the stairs. After turning on the back and front porch lights to see if anyone was outside messing about, I stretched out on the couch for the rest of the night. Ray settled himself on my feet and we spent the rest of the night listening. Only one other time during that night did he sit up alertly and give one short, sharp rooo.
The next night was the same. Ray woke me, I went to check, and we spent the rest of the night on the couch.
By the third night, I was tired and so, obviously, was Ray. This time, when I went to turn off the arrroooo alarm, he hadn't bothered to leave his chair. There he was, curled up, ears in Dumbo mode, listening and howling.
Last night, after listening to him howl and growl for a couple of minutes, I went down to check on him. There he was, again curled in his chair, ears deployed in Dumbo mode, howling. Again I turned on the porch lights and looked out. Nothing. This time however, I went back upstairs and Ray came with me. He settled down on the futon but at some point in the night, he started howling again and went back downstairs.
I think we have ghosts. I'm not going to speculate on what kind of ghosts we have, but I'm pretty sure I know.