Can you see me cuddling with my best friend Alex?
Silver was an intense dreamer from the time we brought her home. As a young pup in deep sleep her eyes would flutter, her ears would twitch and her paws would flicker as if running. Sometimes she gave low growls or high pitched yipes and her tail would start thumping.
At bedtime, after Daddy would sing her 'Rock-a-bye-Baby,' Silver would crawl into her 'den' under our bed and we'd all fall asleep.
Then suddenly I would be jolted upright by the sounds of intense sobbing from under the bed. In a panic I would reach under the bed as far as I could to soothe Silver in her distress. Her dreams seemed to be a of grave pain as her body would heave with sadness and shake uncontrollably. Almost every night the cycle would continue until sometime after she had her litter of puppies. Then they began to diminish.
I have often wondered what she dreamt about that seemed to bring her such sorrow. Sometimes I would think it was because her best friend Alex was going to die some day. For I've seen her have 'happy dreams' after he died when I believe she is reunited with him.
I have never had a dog that dreamt so intensely and none of the other dogs do it to the extent that Silver does. Sometimes it scares me as to what she could be dreaming about that seems to upset her so much. I wonder if she is having nightmares or if she is 'seeing' something that we can't. I wonder what it means that they don't happen as often as they used to. What changed in her little world that brings more comfort than before? I still believe her dreams were centered around Alex, but like a Tootsie pop, the world may never know.
And for our friends in Japan, Paws Crossed with Prayers