A Little Birdie Told Me: The Mysterious Stranger

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Mysterious Stranger

A very odd thing happened yesterday, late afternoon. The dogs began barking in a way that said someone was here. When I went out to see, there was a man coming over the hill from the northeast, cross country, not along the road and up the driveway as one would expect. Further, he walked right up towards the dogs with no fear of them even though they were clearly warning him to stop. I finally warned him not to come closer.

We keep Chance tied on a run because he wanders, indeed that is how we got him, he wandered in to us. He looks like a pit bull, and such dogs can be legally shot on sight here. The problem with that is that Chance is the friendliest dog I have ever seen, both with humans and dogs. I did not believe there existed a human that Chance did not like. Yet here stood one that upset him. Delta, on the other hand, is our proven guard dog, having bitten a couple of people in the past (just nips), and shown a special dislike for those who have been drinking. But Delta is smart and will not bite unless she thinks someone warrants it.

She had gone up and sniffed this man before coming to my call. She did not bite him, but I got the clear sense that if he came closer to me she might change her mind. I told him he needed to stay where he was, for his own safety. I asked him if I could help him. He said he just wanted to get to know his neighbors. He wanted to shake my hand. I could hear his words being slurred. I told him we did not allow people who have been drinking on the property. He replied that he had not been drinking. I told him his words were slurring. He said, oh...well, i had something to drink earlier. I said well, you need to leave, and come back when your mind is clean and sober. But my mind is clean and sober, says he. again, I remind him that his words are slurring. I can't hear his reply. He wants to know If I am Tammy. I say yes, and what is your name? He says Lou. I don't recognize the name. I don't recognize the man. He says I should act like a Lakota. I say I am, but I am also listening to my gut and to my dogs, and they are telling me I need to stay safe.

Throughout this whole thing, he keeps insisting on wanting to shake my hand. I have no idea why this is so important to him. Why is he so fixated on wanting to shake my hand? Is it just because he is drunk? Or maybe he has an ulterior motive, the reason the dogs are telling me not to trust him. Regardless of what it may be, I finally make it clear that I won't shake his hand, and he sees that the dogs won't allow him any closer to me, and he leaves.

I am curious though why someone would walk cross country just to meet me. Mom and I laughed over a few silly ideas. One being that recently I went to California to try to sell a screenplay and my neighbors all rooted for me...So perhaps to some I "made it" and have become someone worth knowing. (If only they knew what a failure that turned out to be). I have lived in this house for almost 6 years. I know a few of my neighbors, mostly because we run into each other sometimes. out here it is live and let live for the most part, unless you are part of a huge very close family and have transportation so you can get together all the time. He could be telling the truth. He could be a neighbor...But if he is he is a strange one.

this is Delta Dawn, my guard dog that i raised from a pup, i even helped her into the world. she is 9.5 years old.
this is Delta Dawn, my guard dog that i raised from a pup, i even helped her into the world. she is 9.5 years old.

In the above video, is Chance, about a week or so after we decided to keep him. The pup is Mandy. This is a video of their meeting. As you can see, they hit it off awesomely. Most big dogs sometimes hurt pups unintentionally because of their great strength. Chance was so gentle Mandy never had cause to cry out. As you can also see, cross country out here is full of weeds, grasses and hills. It would have been far easier to walk along the roads.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

I'm glad you warned the guy off, though his intentions may not of been harmful; they also may have been harmful. You can't be too careful of strangers if you are isolated in a country spot. In a more populated area, help is within reach.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Paradise7, you are right, one never knows. but i do trust my dogs. normally chance loves everyone. and delta, well, she warns everyone away, but will accept them i tell her to...unless they are really bad, then she ignores me. since chance showed obvious mistrust of this man, i knew not to trust him, even if delta was telling me he was not an immediate threat, so long as he kept his distance, that is.

thank you for reading my article...have a great night.


marellen 5 years ago

In this day and age, safety is the smartest policy.. Maybe going out wasn't the thing to do but thank goodness you have your dogs and I would always trust them. Glad it all turned out okay because it sounds werid.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Hi Marellen, maybe you are right and going out wasnt the thing to do, but I needed to see what the dogs were going on about. I am not afraid of anyone or thing because I know my GOD protects me. I was very curious about his true intentions, but never at any point was i afraid he would harm me.

thank you and thank you for coming by and reading my hub. have a great night.


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ytsenoh 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

I am glad you know you are protected. I do think anyone who resides in a remote area should be cautious when strangers are walking about. Remember the old adage, "Curiosity killed the cat"? Interesting hub.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello ytsenoh. i do agree that caution is the wisest thing. even knowing i am protected, i dont tempt GOD by foolishly putting myself at risk. but we do often get visitors that need to use the phone and are honest people, it behooves me to find out whether a person be friend or foe before i hide inside. thank you for coming by, i wish you a restful and calm night.


St.Cyprian 5 years ago

Sounds pretty scary!

I don't open the door around here for anybody. I have an upper deck, so if it's the water guy or the electric guys, I can communicate from where they can't get me.

This is a very friendly place and a place where people generally feel safe, but it's thick with drug dealers and corruption on the underside. You just never know what the motives of a man at your door really are. Even if it's someone you think you know, you don't know what they're doing when they come unannounced to your door.

Take caution. It doesn't hurt to have a powerful defensive weapon you can use, if necessary, also.

Good luck with the movie script! That' sounds pretty interesting.


murali14 5 years ago

hey what happened to the friend who wanted to cuddle?? interesting read btw.i hope i dint offend you with my comments on that one...tc


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

St Cyprian..i have no fear of man, animal, or nature. i am sure we have people here who can harm me, but no one...not one of them, can touch me without GODs permission. i know you do not believe in GOD...but i do...and because i do, i have no fear. my faith is rewarded by my not being harmed. GOD says we will find favor in the eyes of man if we are obedient to HIM...and indeed, the neighbors who thought they would hate me because i settled on land they thought should by rights belong to them, have come to be my friends and have respect for me. thank you for the well intentioned caution though and the well wishes.

murali...hubpages removed that question saying it started a discussion and was better placed in a hub or forum. i felt bad for asking it in the first place so i simply did not repost it. though i Do thank you for your answer and it did not offend me. thank you both for coming by and reading about my stranger. have a great day.


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NiaLee 5 years ago from BIG APPLE

Frankjly just stay safe nowadays you need to be careful. Instict and dogs, thank you.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

thank you NiaLee for coming by and reading this, i hope you have a wonderful night and i pray GOD keeps all of you folk safe.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

I think you made the right decision. One never knows the ultimate plan of some questionable people. Your dogs; your canine family, were telling you that it was not a safe situation, and you know them well enough to have trusted their behavior and hints. Good! I'm glad you're safe and, if, indeed, the man is a good soul who just had a few "too many," he'll come back, straight and sober, to apologize and introduce himself properly. I believe you handled this 100% rightly! Love the pics/videos.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Lucky Cats, i am so glad someone can see this as i intended it. thank you. and i am glad you enjoyed the pics/video. you see things clearly. thank you for coming by and for sharing your insight. have a wonderful day.

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