In my urban fantasy novel, GLORY, Hallelujah is an intrepid demon-fighting Australian Shepherd. In one scene, exhausted by her courageous mission, she is asleep on the couch, on her back, all four legs in the air, and “snoring like a drunken bear.” I imagined she was dreaming about being a hero. One of the things I love about animals is that they are utterly unselfconscious.
Since my Facebook friends always post such wonderful photos of their furbabies, I asked for pictures of them sleeping in unusual places or positions. Please enjoy a sampling of what they shared with me:
Leonora Bor posted this photo of a two-day-old foal named Morgan under a saddle blanket with Maggie the cat on top of her. “Morgan laid down right next to me to sleep and once she and I had warmed up the saddle blanket, Maggie graced us with her presence.”
Peggy Beisel-Mcilwaine’s Bull Terrier, Lily, enjoys her favorite sleeping position!
This is Carol McLaughlin’s Tuck. A comment made by Margaret Guthrie in response to the posted photo was, “Ah, I see Tuck is attempting the complex reverse frog layout! That will get high scores from our judges. Sorry, couldn’t resist – too much Olympics.”
Shelly Hollen-Wood calls her Australian Shepherd, Cherry, “my special deflatable dog who doubles as a throw rug.”
This is Holly Regina Press’s Marley. Yikes that sure looks uncomfortable!
Maria Scott said this was Misty’s preferred sleeping spot until she outgrew the table:
Togetherness. Susan Ernstrom Roberts’ Dora and her sister. Being a Christmas elf is tiring…
More togetherness. Katie Kupfer’s Boots and Reis getting cozy.
And a whole LOT of togetherness in this photo of The Wonder Dogs, a team of Border Collies famous on stage and television in Australia. Visit their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thewonderdogs
Amy Cheatham’s Blu in his toy box after chasing away all the toys:
And, finally, this is Echo who fell asleep in her food bowl, exhausted, but happy to have found a new home:
When I asked my Facebook friends what they thought their furbabies dreamt about, these were some of their thoughts:
Janet Walden-West: “Kit – pleasing me. Blush and Lola – FUN! The cats? God help us all.”
Brooke Morgan: “I often watch them sleep so peacefully and wonder that myself. I’ve come to the conclusion they must dream about the same things we dream about: love and companionship, good food, wonderful conversation, and extracurricular fun things.”
Toni Cramer: “My Border Collies lay and twitch their paws to beat the band with little yips for accent. They are racing in flyball and chasing each other and balls in the yard. Other dogs probably dream of a home and being snuggled and having enough to eat and being brushed and having a person to bond with…”
Dreams. We all have them. And, yes, I believe theirs aren’t so different from ours.
“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”
“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.” ~His Holiness The Dalai Lama
May all their dreams come true.
Photos used with permission.
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Devin O’Branagan is the bestselling author of paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy, paranormal chick lit, comic chick lit, and canine chick lit. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and uses her writing projects to support animal rescue. Visit her website at www.DevinWrites.com to learn about her books and sign up for her monthly eNewsletter.