By templedf on Mar 29, 2006
I'm sure somewhere out there a debate is raging about whether animals dream the way we do. I was reminded the other day of an anecdote that settled the question for me, and I thought I'd share.
A couple of years ago I was watching my dog sleep because she seemed, for all intents and purposes to be having a nightmare. Her feet were twitching so as to suggest running, and she was whining softly. I suppose you could argue that it was just random neural firings, but here's why I know it was not. All of a sudden, she woke up, sat bolt upright, and looked around frantically for whatever was chasing her in the dream! Clearly, she was dreaming, and it was a coherent enough dream that she didn't immediately recognize the transition to waking reality. To me, that's incontravertible proof that dogs dream.