Post # 1
Our dogs NEVER bark in the middle of the night. This is the first time, they are 8 and 5. What happened?
Me: Why are the dogs barking?
DH: IDK, but Im getting my gun
DH comes back in the room with BOTH guns and says he didnt see anything and thinks one of the dogs saw a deer or cat in the yard.
LOL I thought for sure someone was breaking into someones house, our cars, neighbors cars….nope. a freaking animal.
So what would you have done in this situation? Think the worst or yell at the dogs to shut up?
Post # 3
@jesssamesssa: …this actually happened to me too…but Mr. 99 is a VERY sound sleeper, so I was kind of on my own at that point….I thought about it for a minute, figured if someone was breaking in, the deserve what they get, I let the dog loose and he ran downstairs for King and country, only to find the cat, walking across the coffee table, knocking candles off the surface because she’s a brat…..
Oh well, if someone had been in there, he would have trashed them, so I can feel better that way.
Post # 4
My dog will randomly wake up and bark in the night.. its usually because of sounds in the hallway but being jolted awake like that is really scary and unnerving.
Also, I tend to always think the worst. I’m slightly paranoid to see the least.
Post # 5
Oh I didn’t expect this to be about potential home invaders. I was going to answer for my cat, who likes to wake me up in the middle of the night to play. I just either (try to) ignore him or else lock him out of our bedroom.
But if I thought there was a burglar in the house, I’d grab my phone and hide in the closet probably. We don’t have guns so I’d wait and if I was sure there was someone, I’d call 911 I guess. I wouldn’t mind having a handgun but I think it’s just too hard to do in Canada.
Post # 6
@jesssamesssa: This happens to us ALLLLLL the time! FI’s 2 dogs bark when they hear something at night, which is often. FI unlocks his gun safe next to the bed before we fall asleep (it’s only us-no kids)-on the occasion where the dogs’ barking sounds more alarming, he does grab a handgun and look around. Reason #27847598357483 that I’m glad he’s armed haha
Post # 7
@Pinkmoon: Im paranoid like that. We live in the country so it is possible. Im also paranoid that nasty men are always looking at me from outside my windows at night. I wont even take a shower at night unless DH is home or I have a dog in the bathroom with me.
Post # 8
My dogs are always silent at night, except our rescue — if she hears something ‘out of the ordinary’ she’ll let out this long hound bay which will wake me up. But I always think the worst. FI has a knife in our room (think Crocodile Dundee, that’s a knife — knife) for when the dogs hear something.
I’m not sure either of them would do anything except get themselves hurt and distract whoever was breaking in. I have a lab and a lab mix, not exactly the highest ranked guard dogs. But you never know.
Post # 9
Honestly I would probably piss myself. My dog very rarely barks – he really only does it if he sees my husband and I high-five each other (boy he hates that) and when he’s digging holes at the dog park. I would definitely assume the worst, haha. One time he barked unprovoked in the middle of the day – just sat up and started growling and barking at an empty corner of my bedroom. It gave me chills!
Post # 10
@WhatMaeBee: Yeah, Im glad DH has two guns, one that stays near the bed one hidden some where else. If it was just me id never fall back asleep! lol
Post # 11
@jesssamesssa: Girl, you need to invest in blinds/curtains/some sort of window treatment! My husband is also paranoid about people seeing him in our apartment…if he’s here, the blinds are always closed. I imagine it’s much scarier in the country, though
Post # 12
@MrsStayPuft: haha we have them!!! BOTH!!! Yet, I still believe they can see in and are plotting to kill me!
Post # 13
@jesssamesssa: I wake up before DH does, and I’d definitely grab the gun that I have on my side of the bed (we each have one). Our dog will only bark if something really is up, so when she alerts us that something is wrong, then something is wrong.
Post # 14
@jesssamesssa: I would tell my dog to shut it! We live in an apartment building though so any time he hears something above us, outside or in the hallway he will bark. Usually he is quiet in the middle of the night – so it does freak me out a bit if he starts to bark.
Post # 15
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I have a beagle, and he barks at EVERYTHING. If he stayed in bed with one or two barks or woofs, I’d tell him to shut up because it’s probably a car door outside. If he actually got up I’d just sit there and listen. If there’s someone trying to break in I’ll know soon enough by the intensity of his snarling/barking. I can tell the difference between his “there’s someone on the sidewalk” barks and “there’s someone AT the door” barks.
Post # 16
My dogs are pretty good watch dogs. The one will bark at anyone walking past the house though, so I am not alarmed every time I hear her. However, if the other one starts barking, I know there must be something more. They also just sound different when there is a legit threat. So based on how they sound, I know whether to just roll over and go back to sleep or get up and investigate.