5 days ago
Monday, February 20, 2017
You may have heard about this recently in the news.
It was really quiet. Quiet is unusual in my house as I have tinnitus so there is usually a background noise of some sort to distract me from the ringing in my ears. Music preferably but often some unwatched show on TV softly droning away does the trick. This time however it was just me and the jangly ears.
It was late and I was just putting the computer and myself to bed when I heard a sinister growl coming from the living room. Callie is not a growler, at least not normally. She may annoy a stranger away with her incessant enthusiasm but a guard dog she is not.
The growling however deepened and grew more threatening. I was alarmed. In case you have wondered, I am not a defenseless old lady. I am armed and a decent shot. I stealthily retrieved the revolver from my bookcase headboard and as quietly as possible, pulled the hammer back.
My heart was pounding as I grabbed the bedroom door knob and slowly opened the door just a crack. I saw nothing even though the nightlights made all but the darkest corners visible.
Callie growled once more only this time she ended with a sharp bark. I looked for her and saw her prone on the couch, eyes closed and feet paddling spasmodically as she either was running towards or away from the threat. My protector was dreaming.
My relief laugh woke her up. Halfways raising her head, she gave me a bleary eyed questioning look. "Huh?"
OK, maybe that didn't actually make the news---but it did happen.
All of us who have shared our lives with a dog, know of their episodes of
dream running and talking while sleeping. It got me wondering however--do we humans twitch and paddle our feet when walking or running in our dreams?
My recurring stress dream always involves walking for miles. Usually it is because in my dream scenario my old red 1978 Volkswagen bug has just been stolen. I always have to walk miles looking for that little car. Oddly these dream walks never tire me, even when I dream walk 10 miles or so. I started wondering if my feet paddle dog-like during these marathon sleep walks and jogs.
When I was in relationships, it was something I never thought to ask. Now that I live alone, I have no one to ask. So I will ask those of you who do share your bed. Do yours or your spouse's feet twitch like a dog's when you sleep run, hike or walk?? Just curious and for the sake of science, I thank you.
at 4:00 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti