Her grandfather went home and told the story to his wife. Her grandmother listened solemnly to her husband's story of mad mules and placed quiet hand on her huband's shoulder. She had more important news to convey. While he had been out working in the fields, his brother had died. In fact, he had past away at the exact moment the mules had gone mad.
It has always been the family's assumption that her grandfather's brother had come to say goodbye to him in ghost form and the animals had seen the ghost. I have heard many stories like this and the more ghost stories I read and tell the more I hear about animals sensing the supernatural world more profoundly and more deeply than people do. In many ghost stories, it is the dog or the cat that starts to go crazy first. It is as if they see a world we can't see.
In several of the stories I have put on this blog the haunting begins with animals acting out. In the famous haunting on Larabee Street, the cat acted so wildly after they moved into their haunted house they got rid of the cat. In the televison show called, The Haunted, animal planet explores the connection between animals and the supernatural. In a recent episode, a woman who owned a horse farm swears up and down that her horses were the first to know that the farm was haunted. There are many psychics and paranormal experts that insist that animals see what we can not and my coworker's story is not the first I've heard of animals reacting to hauntings, so if your animal is going crazy maybe it's because your house is haunted!