The weirdest thing happened last night. I went to bed at a reasonable hour (for a change). JLA was already sound asleep, as was Cody the mutt, who has his own long pillow on the floor.
The night was still as snow continued to fall. I fell into a half-doze. Suddenly, a prolonged, blood-curdling howl echoed through the room. When I glanced at the clock, I got a goosebumpy chill.
It was exactly midnight.
Cody never howls. Never. In fact, he rarely barks. Stranger yet, he didn't even stir. I told myself he must've been dreaming, since he does twitch and whimper when he dreams. Still . . . a mournful howl? There wasn't even a full moon to blame.
This morning, I found out there'd been a 4.3 earthquake overnight, centered 45 miles west of Chicago. That would place the epicenter about a two- or three-hour drive due south of us. Now granted, the quake took place a few hours after Cody's howl, but I still wonder if the two were related. I've heard about animals being able to sense impending natural phenomena, like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. And Cody does have incredible senses. Is it possible a dog can "feel" movement below the earth's crust? Or some disruption in normal electro-magnetic fields?
So now I don't know whether to be creeped out by the timing of his howl or be fascinated by the earthquake connection. Can anybody shed any light, either supernatural or scientific?