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nightmareclipart1 This is my Nightmare, I keep having it.    And this is a true happening, which is worse.
My neighbor back in New Jersey, that I didn't know so well, had a Shih Tzu that was matted and always outside.  I come outside one day and catch him kicking the dog and it yelped. I screamed at him WTF!!!!! Do you want me to do that to you?  He said, "...mind your business," and then ... kicked it again. 

I ran over, knocked him out. I took the dog and called the cops. Then I got a bat, cause I had the dog in my hand to keep him at bay. Cops come...they start asking, " what's going on?"  He's like (the neighbor) yelling and all that, saying, "I want him arrested for assault!"  Bah!!! I knew all the cops. I went to HS (high school) with badneightborsign1them. They (the cops) were like, "Rob, what's up?"  I'm like, "I saw him kick the dog. He kicked it again... it flew 3 feet in the air". Then the neighbor said, "Guys, like he's lying! He stole my dog."

My friend (the cop), says, "Let's see something".  So he has me and guy (the neighbor) stand at opposite ends of the yard.
He (the cop) has us call dog, he (the dog) runs to me. I'd always play with him when he was outside.
Cops, to the neighbor, "Like yeah, this dog ain't going with you". They called animal services instead. They took the dog and found him a good home.ploicecarclipart1 Cops to the neighbor, "Like we have other witnesses that saw you kick the dog."
The neighbor, he's like cursing, screaming. My friends, the cops, told me before they left "Like Rob, call us next time first!  lol"  The End

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So what about dogs? 

Do dogs get nightmares?

Nole Jenny3Have you noticed when your Boston is sleeping she sometimes appears to dream and starts twitching and moves her paw a lot?

Many people believe that our dogs dream just like people. It's also assumed by many that our dogs, unsurprisingly, have some nightmares. Sometimes dogs exhibit so much movement during a dream that people have, in the past, mistaken them for seizures or they may even growl or snap at some sleep-created vision; giving the impression that they are dreaming about something. However, you can easily wake a dreaming dog, but you could not halt a seizure in the same way 1.

Photo provided by Kim Goulding


Did you know the structural level, the brains of dogs, are similar to those of humans?  Also, during sleep the brain wave patterns of dogs are similar to that of people and go through the same stages of electrical activity observed in humans; all of which is consistent with the idea that dogs are dreaming.
Since a dog's brain is more complex and shows the same electrical sequences, it is reasonable to assume that dogs are dreaming, as well. There is also evidence that they dream about common dog activities.

This kind of research takes advantage of the fact that there is a special structure in the brain stem (the pons) that keeps all of us from acting out our dreams. When scientists removed or inactivated the part of the brain that suppresses acting out of dreams in dogs, they observed that they began to move around, despite the fact that electrical recordings of their brains indicated that the dogs were still fast asleep. The dogs only started to move when the brain entered that stage of sleep associated with dreaming. During the course of a dream episode these dogs actually began to execute the actions that they were performing in their dreams.

Lindi Judd6Photo provided by Lindi Judd

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Watch him from the time he starts to doze off.

As the dog's sleep becomes deeper, his breathing will become more regular. After a period of about 20 minutes, for an average-sized dog, his first dream should start. You will recognize the change because his breathing will become shallow and irregular. There may be odd muscle twitches and you can even see the dog's eyes moving behind its closed lids if you look closely enough. The eyes are moving because the dog is actually looking at the dream images as if they were real images of the world. These eye movements are most characteristic of dreaming sleep. When human beings are awakened during this rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep phase, they virtually always report that they were dreaming. 


 Photo provided by Nole Jenny



Photos Provided by: Lindi Judd, Kim Goulding, Nole Jenny

Edited by:  Jan Mitchell