STRANGE BEHAVIOR nightly... seeing ghosts?
I've decided to come to this forum since I know that no one else in my family is working on addressing this issue. My West Highland Terrier named Sadie is about 3 years old. We adopted her with her brother, Maxwell, last summer from a family who could no longer take care of two dogs. We are so happy to have them in our lives, and they get along well with our Westie Basil, who we have had for nearly 13 years.
I suppose it has been going on for about 3 months now, but every single night our Sadie becomes obsessed with a certain part of our house. Right next to our door that leads to the backyard is simply a wall. But the spot in between the crack of the door and the wall area itself is where she goes crazy every night, barking & scratching, tail wagging excitedly, growling. Or she will sit there and just stare at the area. Mostly she will lay down, with her ears still perked up, eyes open, and continue to look at the spot. Every now and then she will have bursts of excitement where she will again get up and scratch at this area. Right behind the wall is OUTSIDE, our medium-sized suburban backyard. She seems to have no interest with what is outside more so than this small part of the wall next to the door. If I scoop her up and bring her to another area of the house, she will get down and run back downstairs to the SPOT. It is really weird behavior, and it has been happening every single night for the past three months. My parents notice this just as much, if not more, than I do -- but they are more willing to just say that she is "crazy" and leave it at that, all the while still being confused and annoyed by the ridiculousness of it all. I, on the other hand, want to search this matter deeper...for as I write this, I look down to my right and there she is... laying down facing the wall directly, ears up, eyes open, breathing a bit fast. She looks ready to jump up and pounce any moment. But she will stay in this position for as long as it takes. I want to help her.
It is interesting that this happens way more in the evening than during the day. Also, there is a generator outside for the house's Central Air cooling system, however it is not always on and I do not think that that is what she is hearing and barking at.
Has anyone had an experience like this with their dog? Could Sadie be "seeing" something that no one else is? Sensing something real? I am willing to try anything to get down to what is going on. It is sad because she will be up and obsessed all night long, and consequently she will be so tired during the day. I want her to find peace in this house. I never really had any supernatural ghost experience myself, but I am a believer. So I just don't know what to do about this.