Shocked Lynnette Wason, 60, was tending to horses when she glanced over and saw a dog’s face looking back at her.
She was looking at a spitting image of her four-year-old pet Alaskan Malamute named Dexter.
The fresh stain in Uplyme, Devon, was believed to have been caused by water coming out of a knothole but the resemblance to her husky was described as “remarkable”.
Thinking it was a sign, Lynnette dashed home to see if her precious pooch was OK.
The fisherwoman from Lyme Regis, Dorset, said: “When I saw it, I was stunned. I thought that’s really weird.
“It was creepy, but luckily Dexter was fine and still in the back garden when I got home.
He’s a good dog, a really good boy.
“People said that is definitely Dexter – and it is such a bizarre thing to happen.”
Mother-of-one Lynnette later showed pictures of the stain to friends and family – most of whom agreed it was exact-ringer for Dexter.
But there is one who just can’t make it out.
She said: “It’s the first time I have seen something like that – funnily enough I showed it to my father-in-law and he thought it looked like two seals at a different angle.
“I said: ‘No it’s my dog!’. That’s pretty obvious!”
The spooky stable stain is still there and close friends have even come along to see it and take pictures.
Family friend Clive Griffin, 68, said: “I got a call from my missus and popped round to have a look,” said
“It was really spooky – especially in an unlit stable. It looked so much like Dexter it was unbelievable.”