It seems like every day we learn something new and wonderful about man’s (and woman’s) best friend.
Just when we think dogs can’t get any better — they’re already the best cuddle buddies, running partners, and soul mates — they surprise us with something cuter and purer. REMEMBER THAT TIME THE DOG SAT PATIENTLY WHILE HE HAD HIS CARICATURE DRAWN AT DISNEYLAND?
Well, now we know dogs are even little baby angels in their sleep.
Recently, People Magazine published an interview with a Harvard psychologist who explained the differences between the dreaming habits of humans and their pets — and obviously, the answers were unfathomably cute.
Dr. Deirdre Barrett, a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist from Harvard Medical School, told People magazine dogs are similar to humans in that they dream about “the same things they’re interested in by day”.
“Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. There’s no reason to think animals are any different,” Dr Barrett Since told the magazine.
“Dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”
As for cats? Well, they’re slightly less sentimental about their human slaves.
Early studies of cats’ rapid eye movement (REM) sleep patterns by researcher Michel Jouvet found when they entered the REM phase, they “leapt up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed”.
“They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams,” Dr Barrett said.
The revelation pooches are probably picturing their beloved owner as they snooze has predictably incited internet hysteria, with dog lovers sharing photos of their sleeping pups and selfies of themselves overcome with emotion.