Honey has started wagging her tail in her sleep lately and it is very cute. I've heard about other dogs doing this but I've only seen sleeping dogs run, whimper - or even growl a little bit. It makes me feel good to see the sleeping tail wag - it makes Honey seem so content.
I don't know what dogs dream about (and, through the magic of google, it doesn't look like anyone else does either) but, it sounds like dogs - like us - dream in REM sleep and you aren't supposed to wake them. If they seem traumatized by the dream, (perhaps a previously abused dog) one site recommended making some small noise that will change the dog's dream but not take them completely out of the deeper sleep. Honey? I think she's dreaming of treats and walks - she doesn't seem to be looking for interruption.
While looking around through dog dreams, I also learned a little bit about what it means when people dream about dogs. Out of the Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, there are over 20 about dreams with dogs. Apparently, you need to pay close attention to the dogs in your dreams, because the interpretations are pretty specific:
-To hear the growling and snarling of dogs, indicates that you are at the mercy of designing people, and you will be afflicted with unpleasant home surroundings. (That sounds reasonable and almost obvious - you hear fighting which turns to snarling dogs in your dreams)
- To feel much fright upon seeing a large mastiff, denotes that you will experience inconvenience because of efforts to rise above mediocrity. If a woman dreams this, she will marry a wise and humane man. (Hmm...less obvious, and, actually, kind of strange.)
- To dream that a dog kills a cat in your presence, is significant of profitable dealings and some unexpected pleasure. (And now I think we're getting the interpreter's feelings toward cats - or is that just me?)
When you read enough of them, you realize you're safer keeping dogs out of your thoughts when you go to sleep. Stick to sheep.
The guest photo above is of Spud from the Smilin' Pit Bull Rescue site - one of my favorite pit bull sites. More about that another time.
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