"Every so often, I glance over at the empty ring. The claw stick glints in the moonlight.
'Stop! No!' Ruby's frantic cries startle me.
'Ruby,' I call, 'you're having a bad dream. You're okay. You're safe.'
'Where's Stella?' she asks, gulping at air. Before I can answer, she says, 'Never mind, I remember now.'
'Go back to sleep, Ruby,' I say. 'You've had a hard day.'
'I can't go back to sleep,' she says. 'I'm afraid I'll have the same dream. There was a sharp stick and it hurt...'"
This made me think about whether or not animals have dreams. Do you think animals dream? If so, what have you observed before that makes you think that they do dream. I also wonder what animals dream about. Do frogs dream about falling off of their lily pads and catching flies? Do they have realistic dreams, or fantastical dreams, or both? Do they day dream?
"What Do Animals Dream About?" This article may be a difficult read because there's a lot of technical language, but if you skim through it you might be able to get a piece or two of information from it.
I am a big, BIG fan of cute animal videos. Of course I'm going to use this opportunity to include a video compilation of doggies and their dreams.