Do you ever wonder what animals dream about? Or maybe you don’t think they dream?
I think they dream, especially dogs. They have all kinds of things they can dream about; a run in the park, chasing cars, chasing cats, chasing rabbits…surely you’ve seen a dog “run” while it is sleeping. And what about cats? They must dream too. I think they must have about the same type of dreams that dogs have. They might even dream of getting your prize goldfish out of the fish bowl! I’ve seen a cat shake a paw while it was sleeping, as if to shake water off that paw.
But what about other critters? I think the only thing a goldfish could dream about would be a nightmare about a cat trying to get in his fish bowl….other than that, what does that fish have? There’s only so much thinking to be done in order to “stay afloat” and breathe under water…and wait for food.
And what about our bovine friends? Dairy cows come to mind. It’s not like they can go for a romp in the pasture, not very gracefully anyway…they’ve got that big bag full of milk which would make running gracefully rather difficult. So what do they dream about? Some farmer with cold hands putting the cow’s udders into a milking machine or even doing it the old fashioned way by hand?? Do they dream about lying in the pasture and chewing their cud? How exciting IS their life??
Horses, on the other hand, can do all kinds of things! They can be a pleasure horse, a show horse, a race horse, a work horse…you get the idea. They have excitement in their lives! If they are really lucky, someone will curry their coat, comb their mane and tail, pick stones out of their hooves. They have to have dreams, nice dreams….even if they do mostly sleep standing up.
So what are your thoughts on animals dreaming? Do you have a pet that snores, makes weird noises or strange movements in their sleep? DID YOU EVER EVEN CONSIDER ANY OF THESE THINGS BEFORE READING THIS TODAY??!!!
Speaking of bovine Dan and I are going to visit a long horn ranch as soon as it dries up a bit. I did a search to see if there were any long horn cattle ranches near by and there is! They have photos of their prize bulls on their web site and they are BEAUTIFUL! I emailed them (the owners, not the bulls) and asked if they would indulge a couple of people from Michigan (also let them know we use to be farmers a LONG time ago). The owner emailed back and said “As you can imagine, things are quite wet right now. In fact I bet it is drier at the bottom of Lake Bardwell than here on the ranch! But as soon as things dry up, we’ll be in touch and be happy to give you a tour!” Well, it could be a while since there is rain in the forecast again!
(do you know who sang the title of today's post??)
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