One time when Phil was out of town for work, there was some sort of Police standoff on my street in the middle of the night. I woke up and could hear radio/walkies and some men talking outside my house. It sounded very close, so I crept down the stairs looking out the windows and realized that they were two officers hiding in between my house and my neighbors, right next to our front porch. Scared the crap outta me at first!
My FOUR dogs all remained sound asleep in my bed under the blankets.
Although when Phil is out for the night, they usually go running and barking mad at any noise they hear that MIGHT be Daddy coming home.
, Twitch the parrot is actually our alarm system for when something isn't right. He makes his alarm calls when he sees something going on outside the windows. He alerts me when he sees people in the street or big cars (like a fire engine once). The funniest one was during the day when he was carrying on like you wouldn't believe-- calling out loud panic alerts-- and I came to investigate what was upsetting him.
There was a woodchuck sitting on my neighbors sidewalk.