Doggie Dreams…

– – Those of us who share life with dogs and cats commonly observe their paws twitching as they slumber; other clues of pet dreams include whisker movement,  irregular breathing, and yelping in canines.  Just as humans recall experiences while dreaming, pets are thought to do the same things due to structural similarities in the mammalian hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory. Pets also go through multiple sleep stages, from slow wave sleep to rapid eye movement stages, where most dreaming occurs.   Electrodes have documented REM episodes even in sleeping rats.

Growing evidence and documentation that animals dream challenges the notion that animals are reflex machines operating by instinct alone.  Darwin contended that if you can prove that an animal dreams, then you can prove that consciousness exists there as a dream is a conscious image.

All of which is something many of us have known for a long time!

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2 Comments on “Doggie Dreams…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Can I get an “Amen?” 😉


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