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The Mysterious Dog

The Dog and Intruder

By Mohamed AlmnsoryPublished about a year ago 5 min read
The Mysterious Dog
Photo by Robert Thiemann on Unsplash

It was a quiet night in the sleepy town of Millfield. The streets were empty, the shops were closed, and the only sounds were the distant chirping of crickets and the occasional passing car. Inside the small police station, Detective Alice Barnes was finishing up her shift. She grabbed her coat, checked her gun, and headed for the door.

"Night, Chief," she said to her boss, who was busy at his desk.

"Goodnight, Alice. Drive safe."

She stepped outside and breathed in the cool night air. As she walked to her car, she heard a rustling in the bushes nearby. She reached for her gun, but then she saw a small, scruffy-looking dog emerge. She relaxed and laughed to herself.

"Hey there, little guy," she said, crouching down to pet him. "What are you doing out here all alone?"

The dog wagged its tail and licked her hand. Alice smiled and scratched behind his ears. As she stood up, she saw a figure approaching from the darkness. She tensed, but then she saw that it was just a man walking his dog.

"Evening, officer," he said politely.

"Evening," Alice replied, nodding at him. She looked back at the scruffy dog, but it was gone. She shrugged and got into her car.

As she drove home, she couldn't shake the feeling that something was off. It was like there was something lurking in the shadows, watching her every move. She tried to brush it off and focus on the road, but her mind kept drifting back to the mysterious dog.

When she got home, she locked the door behind her and poured herself a glass of water. She sat down on her couch and turned on the TV, hoping to distract herself from her thoughts. But then she heard a scratching at the door. She paused the TV and listened. The scratching continued, getting louder and more insistent.

Alice slowly got up and cautiously approached the door. She peered through the peephole, but all she could see was darkness. She hesitated, then unlocked the door and opened it a crack.

To her surprise, the scruffy dog from earlier was there, wagging its tail and looking up at her expectantly. Alice smiled and reached down to pet him.

"Hey there, little guy. What are you doing here?"

But then she noticed something strange. The dog wasn't wearing a collar. In fact, it didn't have any identifying marks at all. She looked closer and saw that its fur was matted and dirty, like it had been on the streets for a long time.

Suddenly, she heard a noise from behind her. She turned around and saw a shadowy figure darting across her backyard. She couldn't see it clearly, but she could tell it was a person. She reached for her gun, but it wasn't there. She must have left it in her car.

She turned back to the dog, but it was gone. She was alone in the dark with an intruder on her property.

"Who's there?" she called out, her voice trembling slightly.

There was no answer. She heard another noise, this time coming from the front of her house. She took a deep breath and cautiously made her way to the door.

As she peered through the peephole, she saw a man standing there, wearing a black hoodie and gloves. He was holding a crowbar in one hand and a small, electronic device in the other.

Alice's heart raced as she realized what was happening. She had stumbled onto a burglary in progress. She quickly grabbed her phone and dialed 911.

"This is Detective Barnes," she said, trying to keep her voice steady. "I have an intruder at my house. Send backup immediately."

The man outside tried to break in, but Alice had already locked the door. She could hear him grunting and hitting the door with the crowbar. She looked around for something to defend herself with, but there was nothing nearby.

Just then, she heard the sound of sirens in the distance. The man must have heard them too because he quickly ran off. Alice breathed a sigh of relief and slumped down onto the floor.

When the backup arrived, they searched the area but couldn't find the burglar. Alice explained what had happened and they commended her for her quick thinking and bravery. They also took note of the scruffy dog she had encountered earlier and promised to keep an eye out for it.

As Alice sat in her living room, trembling from the adrenaline, she couldn't stop thinking about the close call with the burglar. She knew that if she hadn't acted quickly, she could have been seriously hurt or worse. She also couldn't shake the feeling that something or someone had been looking out for her that night.

As she replayed the events in her mind, she remembered the scruffy dog she had encountered earlier. Could it have been a coincidence that she had stumbled upon a dog and then shortly after had to face an intruder? Or had the dog been trying to warn her in its own way?

Alice quickly got up and searched for her phone. She dialed the number of the animal shelter and asked if they had any information about a lost dog matching the scruffy one's description. They told her that they had received a report about a missing dog in the area but had no leads.

Determined to find the dog, Alice put on her coat and walked outside. It was still dark, but she didn't care. She walked around the neighborhood, calling out the dog's name and checking every corner and alley. After a few minutes, she heard a faint whimpering coming from behind a dumpster.

Alice cautiously approached the dumpster and peeked behind it. There, curled up in a ball, was the scruffy dog. It looked up at Alice with big, sad eyes and whimpered again.

Alice knelt down and reached out to pet the dog. As she touched its fur, she felt a surge of gratitude and emotion. She didn't know if the dog had been trying to warn her or if it had just been a coincidence, but she knew that it had helped her in some way that night.

"Thank you," she whispered to the dog. "Thank you for being there."

She scooped up the dog and carried it back to her house. As she entered her living room, the dog wagged its tail and licked her face. Alice smiled and felt a warmth in her chest. She knew that from that moment on, the scruffy dog would be a part of her life, a reminder of the unexpected blessings that could come from the most unlikely sources.

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