Lately I've come outside to find one of the bowls of my dog missing. The first time it was lost for quite a few days before I found it somewhere in the back yard. I figured that it was done by a young but large German Shepherd/wolf mix dog that visits from time to time of my cousin's. As my 2 dogs don't do things like move their bowls around. Anyone who has dogs can probably know how set your dogs behaviors are, and can recognize things they do and don't do on a daily basis, and all of the time. They just don't move those bowls.
Well, it has happened about 4 times very recently, and twice in the past 2 days (last night, and tonight). I had laid down to do my daily resting meditation a few hours ago, and heard my dogs randomly barking up a storm at something. They do this a lot during the day, so it's nothing new. But I couldn't happen to wonder as I laid that if I would go outside and see that one dog bowl moved again. I put it out of my mind and went back to my thing.
A few hours later or so (just now) I let the dogs out to pee, and wouldn't you know it, that one bowl was missing again. My dogs had been inside since I filled their bowls with food and they ate. It has really piqued my interest now. This always seems to happen when I am trying to rest calmly at night (the dogs barking randomly, and that bowl moving outside when I get outside the next morning). And like I said, my dogs barking is normal, but not late at night. Unless someone comes to the door, or if I bump into something and make a loud noise in the same room as them in the pitch black dark.
I was thinking possibly a raccoon was doing this, but then, my dogs wouldn't be alerted to its presence at the bowls. They sleep in places and positions that wouldn't be able to notice that, even though they are quite perceptive, being dogs. Also, there is usually a bit of dry food left in the bowls, but if a raccoon went to steal some of the food, why would it always take one bowl and leave the other, with food still in it? To be honest, I'm not sure if food is scattered where the stolen bowl sits, and my cousins dog has a habit of loving to eat my other dogs' food in the back yard, so even if it was, he could have eaten it on the ground. I'll have to see tomorrow morning where the bowl is again, and if there is any bits of food around it or under it, as the bowl is always face down.
What do you think? An eccentric raccoon, a jerk bogeyman, a spirit with weird habits, aliens, Gary Busey?
It's just really odd. And extremely annoying when I wake up groggy to feed them, and have to search for that one damn dog bowl.
Edited by _Only, 15 April 2012 - 05:31 AM.