Sometimes I swear the universe tells me what I am supposed to write about – even when I have other plans. I was all set to write about a more serious issue today, but by chance, coincidence, or the universe, two things occurred today that made me believe a little lighter fare was needed.
The two things?
First, my brother called me today and shared a couple of Dozer stories. (Dozer is his dog. I wrote about him back in March .) Dozer is quite a character, so when my brother shares a story you know you’re going to laugh. The last one was the funniest to me. My brother told me that today he heard some thumping coming from another room in the house. Knowing Dozer was in that room, he got worried and went to check it out. The thumping noise? Dozer wagging his tail. In his sleep.
The second was a video a friend shared with me of a Lab doing the very same thing. Seems a bit serendipitous doesn’t it?
Both things brought back a lot memories of my dog Indy. Indy was a Shepherd/Collie mix I adopted at 5 years old. She was a great dog – smart and loyal and well-mannered. But when Indy slept she became a dog on the move. Her mouth would twitch, her body would move and her feet would start flicking back and forth. We always assumed she was running in her sleep and used to joke and say that she was moving her flippers.
Thinking about Indy and hearing about Dozer made me wonder what other dogs do in their sleep. Do they bark? Do they make strange noises? Do they move their flippers like Indy? I would love to know.
What funny things does your dog do in their sleep?
I happened across these two videos while out looking at another pet video on YouTube, and it got me to thinking… What do my dogs do while I am gone? I suspect they sleep too, but I just may have to set up my camera to see. I love all the strange sleeping positions.
I thought I would end with the actual arrival home. This is what most of us see. Isn’t it?
My dogs don’t do too many funny things while sleeping, but I do love to see what other dogs do in their sleep. One of my previous dogs, Indy, used to move her feet in her sleep all of the time. We used to say she was moving her flippers because she only moved the bottom of her feet (from the last bend in her leg down to her toes). I reminded us of flippers on a dolphin.
That’s why these videos made me laugh. I hope they make you laugh too. Enjoy!
As a pet sitter, I often see pets at their most active and excited so it’s hard to take in one of my most favorite moments… when they sleep. Like children, dogs sleep with such abandon that they often end up in strange positions. Or, they look so peaceful that you hate to get up because you know that by the time you grab a camera, they are going to be awake and you will have missed that special moment forever.
But, because some of my clients stay with me and my dogs (Daisy and Jasper) from time to time, I get the opportunity to see them at their most peaceful. And, because I often make videos for my clients, I always have a camera nearby to capture those great shots. Here are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
I know dogs must dream since I’ve witnessed them move their feet and noses in their sleep. One of my dogs, Indy, used to vigorously move her paws (all four of them) while sleeping. My current dog, Daisy, simply moves her toes. But, this is the first time I’ve seen a dog running while sleeping. What happens next is amazing even to me. I’ve never seen this before.