Out for a drive, we stopped at an area conservation park to check out some new terrain. Jack and Gracie were fine exploring the grounds until we returned to the car.
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When he started running toward the car I followed his lead. He slowed and indicated that whatever it was had retreated and gone around or beyond the car. He quickly returned to the door to get in. No hesitation. It was time to leave.
Andy and Gracie had closed the gap and were now behind us. I hadn't realized it but he had been trying to use the key fob to activate the door locks so Jack and I could get in the car.
That was our clue. No response. The key fob auto unlock feature didn't work. We looked at each other knowing this little piece of the puzzle validated the actions demonstrated by Jack. Whatever had been around the car had made an impact on the energy of the space.
The doors finally opened when the key was manually inserted. And the unlock feature was not damaged, just temporarily unresponsive.
The area does have a different energy and, given Jack's behavior, there is something more to that. Whatever the case, we've got other places to explore and several favorite parks to revisit.
Animal companions offer an extra set of antenna, alerting the presence of foreign elements that might otherwise remain under the radar. Paying attention to their actions is helpful in avoiding locations, items and individuals that give off discordant or contrary energy.
Even when that internal caution instinct is there, one can be too distracted to pick up on it or the sense is so subtle it is dismissed or ignored without external validation.
Jack cleared the path of whatever had been lurking in the space and indicated it was time to go. We thanked him for his assistance and departed.
The question is still out there.