What do canines symbolize in dreams? This article gives the reader background into the mythological history of dogs and to provides insight into their common usage as a symbol.
That being said, the reader should bear in mind that when it comes to interpreting the meaning of a dream about dogs, the final authority is one's own self. No dream guide, not even this one, should ever be used as a substitute for one's own intuition and wisdom.
What Do Dogs Mean in Our Dreams?
To see a dog in your dream symbolizes intuition, loyalty, generosity, protection, and fidelity. The dream may suggest that your values and good intentions will bring you success. Canines in dreams can be viewed as guardians, guides, symbols of fidelity, and death omens. On the other hand, seeing a dog in your dream may also indicate a skill that you may have ignored or forgotten. It could indicate an inner conflict or a betrayal.
Below you can read about the main interpretations of dogs in dreams and also explore how different cultures have imagined dogs in their mythologies.
Different Canine Breeds in Dreams
If you see a Chow Chow in your dream, this may highlight a sense of unwavering loyalty. Perhaps you are also a little overly protective.
To see a Dachshund in your dream highlights your sense of loyalty and devotion. You are most likely well grounded and rational in your thinking.
Seeing a German Shepherd in your dream highlights your protective instincts. Perhaps you are very attentiveness to a situation. However, this is no time for you to be nervous. To dream that you are training a German Shepherd means that you are open to new ideas. Maybe you are seeking some reassurance.
To see a bulldog in your dream signifies that some protective force is helping you move forward in life.
Golden Retrievers are considered one of the friendliest and most loyal dogs. Dreaming of Golden Retrievers is most likely a good omen about an important friendship.
Doberman Pinchers symbolize your fears and can represent someone in your waking life. Alternatively, Dobie dreams can indicate that you have your guard up. Perhaps you are protecting yourself from a painful situation.
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Perhaps you are searching to belong. Perhaps you are being reminded about the need to reconnect with your family.
Great Danes symbolize an easy going, strong-willed nature. He may appear in your dreams to remind you not to let people walk all over you.
The Poodle is a highly intelligent dog and can visit your dreams to remind you there is nothing wrong with expressing your individuality.
These dreams are reminders to accept that life is a journey. They show you how to make the right choices along the way. How to avoid conflict and obstacles in your path.
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Dogs as Guardians
The Chinese Foo Dogs, whose statues often sit outside temples in China, are perfect examples of dogs as guardians. If the dream dog is one associated with comfort, and it appears calm and at peace, then the dream may indicate that the dreamer is enjoying similar feelings. He or she feels safe and satisfied. Perhaps, in the waking world, the dreamer feels particularly secure.
Dogs are not only mythological guards but are also trained by everyday people to guard homes and their owners. Some dogs are trained to guard by force, others guard by barking.
Check to see what the dog is doing in the dream. Is it barking? If so, the dog dream may be trying to call attention to something awry in the subconscious or it might be calling attention to an unsafe situation in the waking world.
Dogs as Guides
In waking life, dogs are often used as assistance animals. In dreams, the dogs that help guide in waking life can become entities that help one navigate the subconscious.
Just like dogs who can alert one to seizures or sniff out tumors in the waking world, dream dogs can help one to see what is hidden in the realm of the unconscious.
That which is hidden can be surprisingly pleasant, such as unused gifts or talents. Alternatively, dream dogs can help point out the unpleasant aspects of the personality, or the subconscious ways in which the dreamer is engaging in self-sabotage.
Dogs as Fidelity Symbols
Faithfulness and dogs go hand in hand. When dreaming of dogs, check to see if the dog has a companion. If so, and if the dog is healthy, that person can be symbolic of someone the dreamer has abject faith and trust in. Make sure that trust is well-founded.
If the dream dog is injured in some manner, this can indicate betrayal, a breach of trust, or a damaged relationship with the dog's companion.
If the injured dream dog has no companion, the dreamer should check to see if he or she is engaged in self-sabotage.
Black Dogs in Dreams: A Symbol of Death and Change
Dogs not only inhabit a place in the heavens, as in the cases of Orion's Sirius and the constellations of Canis Major and Canis Minor, they are also figures of the underworld as the fearsome three-headed Cerberus who guards Hades's entrance and the Cŵn Annwn. The dogs of the Celtic Otherworld, Annwn, will attest.
Since the dog is associated with the underworld, and since the color black is often used to symbolize grief and death, it may only be natural for the coupling of black and dogs to end up as harbingers of death.
This is in fact the case in both Irish and British folklore. Variously called the "Churchyard Beast," "Padfoot," and "Cu Sith" amongst other names, "The Black Dog" is an entity whose encounter means that death is on the way.
Usually, tales of encounters involving this entity occur during waking life, happening in much the same way that reports of ghostly encounters are reported. The experience is usually of an eerie nature. The dog is usually reported as being of a monstrous size with glowing red eyes.
While dogs symbolize loyalty, black most commonly symbolizes mourning or depression. Therefore, dreaming about a black dog might symbolize a disloyal friend. Perhaps your are mourning over this betrayal, or perhaps you are mourning over a lost or unfaithful lover. One might even do well to consider it a warning.
Even if it is heralding death, it is most likely a symbolic death. Death symbolizes radical change, the leaving behind of that with which one is comfortable and familiar with in favor of the complete unknown. Black can symbolize the void, or the unknown.
Change and transition often involve loss. If, for instance, one is moving to a new location in favor of pursuing a career or relationship, the loss of friends that will result from the change might be interpreted as a black dog.
What is encouraging, as dour as dreams of death may sound, is that death is actually a natural occurrence. Therefore, this can indicate that the transition may be a more natural state of change, rather than an out-of-the-blue jolt.
Meaning of Different Colored Dogs in Dreams
White is a positive color and a dog symbolizes friendship and happiness. When these dogs appear in your dreams they indicate that your relationships with your friends or family are entering your subconscious mind.
Are you in control of your relationships? The brown dog normally appears when we are feeling out of control in relationships, or if a new friendship is on the horizon.
Multicolored dogs often represent a mixture of the interpretations related to each color. They tend to be more difficult to interpret.
Goldens are considered one of the friendliest and most loyal dogs. Dreaming of them is a good omen about an important friendship.
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Since dogs, like cats, have a rich mythological heritage, they are also symbols with deep roots in the collective unconscious. When dogs appear in dreams, the message they symbolically carry can have deep meaning for the dreamer.
Each of these mythological dogs is an embodiment of archetypal imprints left on the psyche through the collective unconscious. Unraveling the meaning of that blueprint will yield information valuable to uncovering the meaning of a dream involving dogs.
Some important mythological canines include:
- Sirius: The hunter Orion's faithful companion. Sirius is so important in Greek mythology that he has his own constellation.
- Anubis: Egyptian mythology's god of the Underworld, who is pictured with a jackal's head.
- Fu Dogs: China's part dragon, part lion guardian dogs, whose statues are often found guarding temples.
- The "Black Dog": Known as "Black Angus," according to Irish and British folk tales, this dog visits just before death.
More Mythological Dogs
The Adlet (or Erqigdlet)
The lower part of the body of the canine Adlet is like that of a dog and their upper part is like a man's. All Adlet run quickly, and their encounters with men usually end with man as the victor.
Inuit mythology of Greenland, as well as the Labrador and Hudson Bay coasts.
Dog-like creatures, or spirits, in Armenian cultural beliefs or in the Armenian mythology, who live in the sky, or on mount Massis (Mount Ararat). Aralezes descended from the sky to lick the wounds of dead heroes so they could relive or resurrect.
One of the realms of heaven, the kingdom of darkness, was called Gamangnara (the Dark World). The king of Gamangnara got weary with darkness and desired the light of the sun and moon. He sent one of the gigantic fiery hounds, the Bul-Gae, belonging to one of his dark world subjects, to chase the sun and bring it to his realm.
There is a good white cadejo and an evil black cadejo. Both are spirits that appear at night to travelers: the white to protect them from harm during their journey, the black (sometimes an incarnation of the devil) to kill them.
In Catalan myth, Dip is an evil, black, hairy dog, an emissary of the Devil, who sucks people's blood.
a hound-whelp owned by Lugh Lámhfhada of the Tuatha Dé Danann in the Mythological Cycle of Irish literature. The hound was invincible in battle, caught every wild beast it encountered, and could magically change any running water it bathed in into wine.
The waheela is a wolf-like cryptid reported from Nahanni Valley in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
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Common Nightmares About Dogs
- If the dog is vicious and/or growling: This indicates some inner conflict within yourself. It may also indicate betrayal and untrustworthiness.
- To see a sick dog in your dream: This symbolizes a neglected friendship. If the dog is dead or dying, then it means a loss of a good friend or a deterioration of your instincts.
- Dreaming that a dog bites you on the hand: symbolizes disloyalty. To dream that someone is bitten by a dog indicates a betrayal. You feel that you have been wronged by this person. To see a happily barking dog in your dream symbolizes pleasures and social activity.
- Dog Fight: To see a dog fight in your dream implies that you are desperately rejecting an aspect of yourself. You are feeling ashamed. To dream of fighting dogs signifies a conflict of interest between you and someone close to you. You need to step away from this situation.
- Killing a dog in a dream: Dogs can represent immoral issues which are trying to overtake you. Sometimes the dogs can be immoral people that you know. But killing the dogs with your hands represents you taking the initiative to put certain issues that are plaguing you to death.
What Does It Mean to Dream About Puppies?
A dream of a puppy may suggest there are basic instincts which are just beginning to emerge or grow within you. This may represent an aspect of yourself that needs to be trained or developed further. This may also represent a new friend in your life. A puppy in a dream may symbolize a brash or conceited young man.
Trust Your Own Dream Interpretations
In dreams, dogs mean far more than just loyalty. However, dogs still retain characteristics they have in waking life.
To discern what a dog means in a dream requires one to be completely honest with one's self and always use one's own personal associations rather than blindly adhering to what is written in a dream encyclopedia.
Articles, such as this one, should only be seen as a starting point.
Sleep well and dream out loud!
We Dream, But Do Dogs?
Most dog owners have noticed that at various times during their sleep, some dogs may quiver, twitch, or even growl at something. During sleep, a dog's brain wave pattern is similar to that of person's. Actually, it would be a greater surprise if dog's didn't dream, since animals much simpler than dogs experience dreams.
During the course of a dream, dogs actually begin to execute the actions that they are performing in their dreams. Thus, researchers found that a dreaming pointer may immediately start searching for game and may even go on point. A sleeping Springer Spaniel may flush an imaginary bird in his dreams. A dreaming Doberman pincher may pick a fight with a dream burglar.
There may be odd muscle twitches, and you can even see the dog's eyes moving behind its closed lids. The dog's 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 the REM sleep phase, they virtually always report that they were dreaming. Dogs are no different on this issue.
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It appears that dogs not only dream, but just like humans, they dream about the activities which they are most familiar with and things that have gone on in the previous day.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: My black Chihuahua passed away the day after my birthday in 2018. She appeared in my dream last night. She was in my bed with me while I was sleeping and I could see us lying together. (We used to do this all the time together.) At the end of my dream, she was sitting on top of a high, bunched up blanket on my bed. Her fur was healthy and shiny, her eyes looked clear, and she looked healthy over all. Can you please tell me what this means?
Answer: To answer your question about your dream, I'll give you a personal story about a dream I had after I lost my dog, Oisin. Oisin is the dog in the photos at the beginning and end of the article. Oisin was my service dog, and we were incredibly bonded. In fact, I've never bonded with an animal like I was bonded with him. A night or two after Oisin died I dreamed that he was in my kitchen. He was only there for a split second, but in the dream, I touched him just before he vanished. The dream shifted, and I was sitting with a friend on bleachers outside a high school. I was telling her that Oisin had been in my kitchen for a second and that I knew he had been there and that it wasn't a dream and that I knew this because I felt his fur when I touched him. When I woke, I did have the sensation of having just touched Oisin's fur. The feeling of having touched him stayed with me for days. Do I believe my beloved dog truly appeared to me after death? I do not know. I do know that although the dream did not eliminate my grief, it did give me peace over Oisin's passing because it gave me hope that I would one day be reunited with him. It is entirely possible that your dream is attempting to reassure you that your beloved dog is somewhere, healthy and restored, waiting for the day when you and she can lie together like you did when she was here with you. I see absolutely no reason why this could not be the case and the meaning of your dream. Love to you and love to your beautiful, beautiful doggo.
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Vikas on September 17, 2020:
I had a Doberman about 15 years back. Today I’m my dream I saw thousands of black Dobermans in my dream. I saw, I’m taking them for a walk. They are countless number of them. I take them to a park all the dogs are free. While the entire heard goes into the park, three dogs stay out and hem I order them to follow they refuse and one of them growls at me. So I leave them and see the blowhole pack in the park- strange dream seeing thousand of dogs !!! What could it symbolise???
Dean on August 30, 2020:
I was told of a dream by a friend of mine. She told me that their where 4 dogs one female 3 male. One of the male dogs had got stuck to the female while the other two where fighting and eventually the one stuck to the female eventually joined in. And she kept pulling away eventually broke free and he was able to join in fully. I dont know the colors of the dogs or the breeds. Anyone got any ideas.
Julie Phillips on August 26, 2020:
I've dreamt of a dog a couple of times in the past week.
Each dream is different but the dog is usually black & white. It's always my dog. We do everything together. It's never on a lead because it's devoted to me & does everything I say...sometimes without me giving it any commands!
Mars Dilar on August 17, 2020:
Me I dream labrador dog,time 5am. This is my first time to dream about dog and this dog is my favorite. While im walking near to my house I saw 2 dogs one is husky and the other one is labrador. The owner of the dog told to a lady that that his dog can possibly bite if there os somebody will pass so he asks the lady to put the dog inside but the lady let the lab free and me is the one will pass by at their house and eventually the lab follows me I really dont no what to do that time I only did was staying away from him because i am afraid if he will catch me or bite me .so i was looking for a place where I can escape but i failed until I reaching my home the lab still there but he never bark at me and it seems like I owned him.
Nikki on July 23, 2020:
A white dog like a Husky was stalking me in an apocalyptic dream. I was walking down a street at night and a big brown Pitbull behind a fence started barking growling and attacking the fence but not to me... the white dog had come up the street from the other side ... I didn’t want the white dog to get hurt ! And possible that the white dog was acting as a decoy for me to get by this dog unseen.... the pitbull got out and tore down the street the white dog stood calm and the pitbull attacks the white dog . The white dog grabs onto the dogs leg . Then a loud thunder bark came from the white dog and the pitbull stoped and changed .... like almost another dog and the fight quite ....
Ardiana Deva on July 17, 2020:
What does it mean when you cry in your dreams when you see your german shepherd dog in your dream he was black and brown i loved him so much he died because he hang himself when he was in a park with my dad and he hang himself and he repeated on my dream today i felt myself that i was crying for him when i was hugging him and showing that i love him so much and i was crying for him in my dream
Ute M on July 08, 2020:
I have this recurring dream that I locked my dog in an outside room and forget to feed them and forget they exist. In my dream i eventually remember but I am to scared to check if they ok
My latest dream is the same but I finally know they dead.
I am very responsible and loving so this has a huge impact on me.
I think I know what it means but before I jump to conclusions please advise
Cynthia on July 05, 2020:
A couple of nights ago I dreamt of two puppies with black fur and red eyes, on was being held by my mom and the other was perched on my shoulder. I´ve been told that seeing that dog is a very bad sign but I´m don´t know exactly why, will someone die? or a very bad situation may be coming?
Jaden on June 23, 2020:
A couple nights ago, I dreamed about a white dog that appeared to be a Great Pyrenees named Koda. She just appeared out of nowhere and in my dream she was a stray dog, ever since that dream I have felt very comforted and like Koda is with me. I have no idea how this random dog just showed up in my dream, I have never had a Great Pyrenees or a dog named Koda. This is very strange to me. Koda was very exited to see me in the dream and jumped into my moms car, she was very happy and her tail wouldn’t stop wagging. I hope to see Koda in my dreams again soon.
Mac on June 20, 2020:
I had a dream where there were three black hounds trying to kill me and my family so we were running but they kept finding us then we went to our friend house they founds a new little movable house with two peapole they found us then we went to a church off of a busy road we waited and they came there fast and that's where I woke up but then the other day I forgot about all the dreams I had then I saw that dream and two other dreams back to back the hound in front of the church the spinosouras and going to jail and turning into a dog... im looking to find answers please help
alexa on June 16, 2020:
so umm i just had a dream where.. i was in front of my aunt's house and this dog for some reason was growling and wanted to attack me. and this siberian husky appeared and protected me both of the dogs fought and the husky won.when the other dog left the husky looked at me like "I protected you. u can go now" then the husky followed me until I reached the house's gate to make sure the other dog wont attack me again................what does that mean?
Becky on June 13, 2020:
Please add Atomic Dog to your list. Oh and also snoop dogg
Angela on May 04, 2020:
I believe in Dreams. I do dream quite a lot.
KittyCutie506 on April 24, 2020:
I was in a hell jail in my dream. But my dog save me by using her teeth to break the bars and we ran away from death. But part of her leg got touch by death. Soon i found myself at the vet and the nurse was telling me she was cold and was needing to be put down. All i could was cry hard as my family came in crying too with me i yelling while rubbing her cheek " know that i love you! " And " dont forget me! ". All she did was look at me laying on her stomach with her head up and put her paw on my arm. After that i woke up breathing hard and started to cry. I hugged her while panting hard. I didnt know what it mean. I never been so sacred in my life about losing a pet. It seem so real. My heart hurted so much. Was this a sign that was a thank you for rescuing her and giving her a second chance?
Anil Kumar Mishra on April 18, 2020:
I dreamt of a dog sleeping by my side
meep on March 20, 2020:
But what if the dog is with a trainer? What does that mean and if u see them in a nightmare?
Dani on February 29, 2020:
I dream about my dead dog getting eaten by wild animals what does it mean
Sandra on January 28, 2020:
Had a dream that a pack of dogs were running crazy around my house & some were trying to get inside
Melinda on December 20, 2019:
Somebody breaking to my mom house and my dogs protected me and my older son
Dee on November 29, 2019:
I need a quick interpretation.I just woke up from a dream,in it there was my late mom and I was updating her about my dog's bad behavior then this other dog came from my right and tried to bite my hand I tried to block it,I immediately felt something above my head and when I looked up I saw a bird flying over my head .
Gabriel on November 27, 2019:
I dreamed i found a black lab and the the dog was so friendy. Took the dog for a walk to try and find his owner. As after we passed a house with three walls in the front, the dog sat at the door way like this was his house. We gound the owner there but they were wairing for use to king of like a suprise
To see our good deeds. Then i started to cry but in a good way? I actually likedthis dream.
LINDOKUHLE on November 14, 2019:
Please help I dreamed about my dog trying to bite me mostly my finger, the dog was not agrassive though but everytime it smelled my scent even on a good distance where it does not see me it would go crazy insane and run fast so fast to find me even if I hide in a room it would know I am there, but no growling no fitting almost as if it was attracted to me or my scent in my dream my mother sudgested that it was because I was pregnant then she went into the garden to get some herbs and she came back with them wraped up in a news paper, when she sugdested that I was pregnant I cried histerically say what about my best friend baby who recently passed and left the little one and eventually in my mind I picture him stop crying everytime I held him, but then I say I cant be bcoz Im not sexually active with anyone but at the same time it makes sence bcoz Ive been moody and sensetive gaining weight and I feel something in my belly then again it feels real but unreal in my mind, still crying my mother blames my sister and say she shouldnt have sent me to a store to get medication for her "during all that the dog is still going crazy behind the door trying to get to me"and all of the sudden the dog is next to me licking toes and my brother sugdest that it is my perfume which smelled like flowers and then I went with the one about my perfume then one of my brothers gave me spirit to wash my hands with but still the dog wanted to bite me it even licked my toes while standing at the door and everytime I would put my hand out it would bite my finger even my brother couldnt hold or controll the dog like he usually does in real life
h on November 10, 2019:
I dreamt about giving my dog a bath then suddenly the black puppy of my neighbor joined, i put the puppy outside but ended up being bitten & killed by his owner in front of me.
Seth on November 09, 2019:
I dreamed about 4-5 puppies who go at me one by one. The first puppy Chihuahua licked me and he stinks. The other one is a pug, after that they are playing, wiggling their tails in front of me. And they're from a Person named Lissie who passed away by unknown reason.
Anele on October 07, 2019:
I dream 3 kinds of digs and 3 colourd.1st.i was walking with my pastor lady onthe street brown fogs barking coming close what to bite by me but grap me onrighteoun dide to my jesey .is a bulldog.second one was white puppies barking behind the gatr.lastsy big dord with diffrent size the one kave big mouth they want to bite a woman is my pastor i said to her rum the bite me on the leften sise on my waist in arm are so aggressive to me they jumped where iwas in truck construction truck bitme but no blood come out. i walk away after left them behind
Kanika Sharma on September 23, 2019:
Hi, thanks for sharing this article.. I just saw that I am chasing my pet dog in my dream with my brother then suddenly this change to me and my husband Chasing our son(not yet born). What does it mean.
Tgmackey2@gmail.com on September 02, 2019:
My dieabetic dog Bailey recently passed in her sleep at the age of 10. I gave her insulin 2 times a day for 5 years. Recently her health started to fail with kidney infection. She received treatment and seemed to be improving. I put her to bed and she seemed to be sleeping. The next morning I found her dead in her bed. My other dog was kissing her and new something was wrong. I am tram autism don’t by her passing and Question myself could I have saved her. I am hoping to receive some comfort in my dreams but has not yet happened. I recently dreamt that I was looking for a lost dog. This lost dog was not a dog in her likeness but similar to my pet dog that passed away before we I got Bailey.
Shreya Mukherjee on August 18, 2019:
yesterday night I had a dream of a whole gang of street dogs comming towards me growling I was running I had fallen on another dogs way I want to know what is the meaning
Christopher T Johnson on August 14, 2019:
I had a nightmare that 1000 lab puppies were electrocuted and it caused me a seizure
Anonymous on August 09, 2019:
I dreamed about one ofthose lage dogs protecting me in the middle of a thunderstorm. And who of my brother and sister's dogs were there too protecting me and my familly during the scary storm. But we don't have a lare dog with whote fur and spots on it! Im not even sure what those supper large dogs are, but they got pointy eats, and are TALL dogs with shprt fur, and big strong hodys, with thin legs.
Carlz Barkley on August 07, 2019:
I dreamt I was house hunting with my family and deceased grandad and my dog fell into swampy quicksand. She was swallowed up so fast and i hesitated before reaching in to pull her out as i was afraid of crocodiles. I pulled her out and she had transformed from a black collie with small bits of white to an all white dog. White as snow. She wasnt breathing so i started cpr. She seemed okay and was breathing again and then all her fur fell away and i was left holding an air horn where her head had been. I woke up in distress. I would really appreciate some translation as i havent been able to stop reliving it.
Chan on July 08, 2019:
I just put my dog down about two weeks (he had cancer) ago and I don’t want another pet because this one just broke my heart. I had a dream of this big Great Dane appear in my dream and he is just hugging me and won’t let go. Like this dog made himself my dog. What does this mean?
Hellen on July 04, 2019:
I want to know the dream meaning of climbing a mountain and on top there was a dog passing through wired fence and on the right there were sculptures, and that dog lifted the wire with it's head.
Cindy Khalid on May 18, 2019:
My wolf/Husky hybrid just passed last week. ( He would have been 6 this October of 2019) Two years ago, he went through a very long treatment of a rare parasite and we never expected him to make it, but he did.He was doing great, got back over his normal weight, full of energy, and happy. A few weeks ago, He started to get like a mucus in his nose and eyes, took him to the vet, she said it was bacterial infection due to allergies, and gave him antibiotics. After one week on the meds, his symptoms cleared up, but he started to feel sluggish, and just wanted to lay around, & We noticed he started to hang out all alone way in the backyard, where normally, he would be with his momma and by the back gate since we always brought him in with us. I arranged for him to see the second vet who actually treated him for the parasite, & the day of his appointment, we walked back in the yard to get him, since he was just laying around mostly. My husband had to pick him up, ( 92 lbs ) & carry him to the driveway, we then wanted to get his harness on, so he stood up, then wobbled, then just fell over onto his side. I was thinking stroke at this time, we were both talking to him, comforting him and trying to analyze what just happened, so at this point, i said lets hurry up & get him to his appt. I know more than said that, and he lift his head, gurggled, and just died !! I have had two dreams, 1) that I walked in the backyard to get my other dog to come inside ( His mom 7 yrs old ) and there he was sitting in the grass & I ran up to him & he was licking my hand, which he never did, & I said oh my god, seger, you are back, how did you get here & I woke up. 2) i saw some mexican men by a conveyor belt like a work yard & seger was laying on that conveyor belt, & I said, that's my dog, where did you get him, & they had a puppy husky saying this was my dog, I looked over and I saw seger where they loaded him up, & he was moving and held his head up & looked at me, I ran over to him, hugging him and said, Oh my god, you ARE alive!!! then I woke up. What does this mean seeing him come back to life twice in my dreams?
strawberryblueberry on May 17, 2019:
Hello I had a sleep paralysis. A man (who looked like my step father and my father) was at the end of my bed. He has long arms then he like chocked me. I had the ability to only move my hands, so I tried to grab the nearest item at throw it at it. I tried screaming my step father name and yelling ‘’mom” then after that there was a small unfamiliar little puppy with white, brown and black pocko dots on the body with brown wings. It didn’t really look like a full developed wing, there was no feathers on it only brown. I tried to pet it but it started crying. I think it was fragile. After all that, the figure/man said wow on my right side ear, but the whole time I was laying on my right side with a pillow. Please help me, thank you.
Jeannette on May 13, 2019:
Hi, i had a dream last night that a pack of dog was following me while im walking in the street. My dog was there to protect me coz i was bit scared to walk. Hope you can help me interpret my dreams. Thank you so much!
Liz on May 03, 2019:
I had a dream last night, was not scary but interesting - before seeing the dogs i was in some sort of wildlife park, and i saw someone being chased by a pale coloured (almost albino) crocodile - it ran really fast behind a work colleague of mine. i could not stop it but i was watching. luckily It did not catch her but was freaky all the same.
Then i dreamt about two large white dogs. One reminded me of being a Bull dog of some sort, with some black markings on his face, not sure about the other one. At first i was a little scared of them but i wanted to give them water. There was a bucket of water in front of them and i cupped some water into my hands to give them a drink. At first they were going to run away but somehow i sensed that they were OK and stayed there - cannot remember if they actually drank, think i woke up at that time.
Hope i made sense and would love to understand what it meant.
Lillian on May 03, 2019:
I had a dream someone was living in my backyard and this took place at my old house before i moved. and it was a man and a women and they were collecting our stuff we thought we had lost. and then i realized a ball of fur was my dog. my dog is black and white. but he was barely alive and very injured. he ending up dying and the guy ate him. not sure what this means but need help interpreting it!!
Hannah on April 24, 2019:
Hi, I had a dream that I was a white wolf lying in the forest and my dog was curled up sleeping in my side, and for some reason I was protecting her from a pack of wolves that was surrounding me. But what I found weird was that i was just lying there daring them to come near me, they weren’t scared of me but it was like they knew not to pick a fight with me? No clue what this means.
Araceli on March 21, 2019:
Hello, I dreamed of my puppy Charlie being stolen from me by a bad man and begged him not to take my baby, i felt the pain so real, woke up crying...what does this mean?
Aidan on March 20, 2019:
Im having a recurring dream where I’m visited by twin dogs, one a male and the other a female. They have the face shape of the old Target dog, the large build of a type of hound (like a wolfhound), but their fur is sleek and seems to puff like a Shiba Inu. Their fur is a light brown, almost white but possibly gold. They never appear to me at first. My dream starts somewhere, unrelated and never the same, but I always end up at this house. I’m in its yard or in front of it, and this around 13 year old girl comes out. She’s kind to me, friendly and warm. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the dogs appear. The female refuses to look at me, but the male never pulls its gaze. It’s eyes bore into me seeslessly, big black eyes that have a stern and warning look. They make me uncomfortable, even a little scared in the dreams. The male will sit on me and bring his face close. It feels like he’s telling me to back down. Telling me to stop projecting so much and to stop being so hostile. Like a father who disciplines in stern looks. He never opens his mouth, except recently he kept vomiting up things he’d eat that he found, like whole pillowcases. Everything came back out in tact and exactly as is looked before he swallowed it. This was the most recent dream, in which I found myself at that house, but I was with my little sister, and the girl had an older sister of someone I know in the waking world who used to bully me with her friends. She didn’t treat me kindly, but she wasn’t rude. She was neutral. The female dog hung on her like the male dog did I. If it helps, I’m a transgender male. It’s just interesting to me. I’m being visited by these dogs and I don’t like dogs and it’s just so intriguing to me.
Fatima on March 20, 2019:
In my dream i saw an unfamiliar pupy, in white colour and golden mix colour, there were alot of dead dogs in which i saw the puppy and picked him up , he was also dead , i cried, but then i put him in a water and he slipped off my hand and then i picked him up and again put him in water , he became alive , i was very happy to see him that he became alive , he was roaming around with happiness and was ver happy , i really loved him, and when someone asked me why you helped this dog not others i said i found him very cute , and i also felt him calling me like mama , then i tell my parents to adopt him as my pet , my mom was loving him, can you please tell me the dream meaning ? Please
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on March 16, 2019:
Hi Kathleen, thanks for writing. Is there something about your dream that you find perplexing?
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on March 16, 2019:
Hi Lovely, thanks for writing. First off, let me assure you that it's highly unlikely that the dream is a death omen. Sleep paralysis is a common occurrence and the figures you describe are the ones that typically accompany it. The black dog that you're describing sounds a lot like another aspect of sleep paralysis wherein there is a feeling that something is sitting on the chest, pressing down. In fact, before the term "sleep paralysis" was coined, the phrase used to describe the sensation was the "hag syndrome." It was called the hag syndrome because before we had sleep science, the thought was that a demonic hag sat on the chest of those asleep, trying to steal their souls. We now know that sleep paralysis is an odd chemical imbalance. Our bodies produce chemicals that sort of paralyze the body to keep us from acting out our dreams while we sleep. For reasons we're not quite sure of, the mind sometimes wakes up before the chemical has cleared the body, resulting in a temporary, but terrifying paralysis. I've experienced it before myself and I can tell you, it's particularly awful! However, it is not an omen of death. Have you tried any exercises to help calm yourself when you experience sleep paralysis?
Lovely on March 15, 2019:
Hii so I have sleep paralysis and usually I can see black figures looking at me from the corner of my room, but last night was different I saw a black dog in front of me it's pinning me down its so scary that I'm already crying what do you think is me meaning of this? Death?
Kathleen on March 15, 2019:
KathleenI was dreaming and I was remembering that the kittens hadn’t been fed and as I was trying to get food for them I hear my dog barking outside To come in and I was trying to get help saying to let the dog in but something was in my way I had a feeling of urgency
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on March 14, 2019:
Hi Leticia, thanks for writing. Is there anything going on in your life that feels similar to when you last saw your dog? Not that it has to be the same, exact circumstance, but something metaphorically similar.
Leticia on March 14, 2019:
Last night I dreamt of a dog I have not seen since I was 15 years old. The dog had to be given away because we were being evicted, I cried for days. Last night was the first time I ever seen him in a dream, it has been 14 years. I was in my old apartment sitting on the couch he had his paws on my shoulders and our noses were touching while my hands were petting him. This was a common way I would cuddle him. But why now am I dreaming of him? It felt so real.
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on March 09, 2019:
Hi Christa, thanks for writing. Are you at all familiar with sleep paralysis?
Christa on March 09, 2019:
Ive had several dreams about a big huge dog. Im not sure of the color. I just know it was a dark color. So it could be black or brown. But this dog is on top of me trying to suffocate me. All I fe edl in this dream is I cant breathe.
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on March 05, 2019:
Hi Karmin, thanks for writing. Can you give me some more information about your dream. Why were you chasing the dog away? Was the dog menacing? What was it about this particular dream that prompted you to write?
Karmin on March 05, 2019:
In my dream the dog was not leaving my sight even after i tried chasing it away so many times..what does that mean
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on February 25, 2019:
Hi Dana, thanks for writing. I'm a pretty big fan of dreams myself, lol!
Dana on February 25, 2019:
I dream many dreams of the night sky and wonderful bright sparkling characters dancing about. Tinker bell takes her wand and “dusts” me with sparkly dust. I feel absolutely peaceful and wonderful when I wake up! I LOVE these dreams
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on February 21, 2019:
You are more than welcome! I'm so happy it helped. I hope you'll stay in touch. Please let me know how your recovery goes!
Whydo This on February 21, 2019:
Thank you, Aisling, for your insightful answer. I was upset and shaken for 12 hours after writing that, finally my doctor gave me a different sedative. What you said really helped, and helped me see the situation. I love dogs -especially Dachsunds- and am good friends with almost all of the 15 dogs that live in my apartment building. Your reassurance that the dream probably reflects my current maladies, and is not prophetic, was sorely needed. I've taken steps to promote my physical healing, and pray that I never have such a horrid dream again.
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on February 19, 2019:
Hi whydo this, thanks for writing. First off, let me assure you that you are not the first, nor will you be the last, to have an extremely disturbing dream with extremely disturbing imagery with you, yourself, starring in a role you'd never take on in the waking world. I personally have had dreams that make me absolutely shudder--dreams so awful I've hesitated to write them in my dream journal. That said, I think you show great courage putting your dream down and asking for help with it. There is the theory that all characters in our dreams are ourselves, that is, every symbol encountered in a dream is actually, in some way, an aspect of us in heavily disguised, symbolic form. I don't always ascribe to this theory, but in your case, it could very well be that the dachshund is an expression of you--you've just undergone surgery, you're in terrible pain, you're not healing well. The dachshund could be a way of saying, "Oh, no! How could this happen to me? I've never done anything to anybody, but now I'm in terrible pain." When we're in pain, we don't think rationally. We just know we're in pain and we look for someone to help us--just like your dream dachshund did. The sedative could also have affected your dream giving the pain of your injury a form in images that were a reflection of that discomfort you're in. Either way, I don't think I would worry that the dream is some kind of prophecy that you're on your way to engaging in hideous acts anytime soon. Please let me know if that helps and I hope your recovery goes better than it has!!!
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on February 13, 2019:
Hi Andrea. Thanks for writing. I always answer questions with questions, so please bear with me. Was the dog behaving in an odd manner? Do you have any associations, positive or negative with large, black dogs? Are you a dog person?
Andrea Cameron on February 09, 2019:
Great article, glad i came across it. I had a weird dream a few nights ago of a big black dog, looked like a newfoundland except its coat was more poodle like texture... It was with someone but I couldn't see them and the dog started talking, saying ''she knows I won't hurt her''.. It seemed offended that I was scared of it but its appearance was pretty scary as it had blood coming from its mouth. Any idea what this could mean?
David D on February 07, 2019:
I had this very realistic dream this morning. I went to the bathroom and looked out the window to find a black bear starring at me through the window. I mean , it was standing with its paws on the window looking at me. I was so excited , because i wanted to get a picture of it so I could show my daughter who loves bears.so, i turned back around to see if it was still there and I leaned in to look closer and saw that it was 2 black dogs looking at me through the window. I mean like in close proximity. They were not aggressive, just starring at me and I was trying to see if they had collars on ( they did) through the glare of the window? The moonlight was behind them.Then I awakened. I was not in fear. However, being so vivid I thought it must mean something to me. Could you help? I would greatly be appreciative. Thanks
Tina S on February 05, 2019:
I sm sorry to bother you, but this dream I had this morning is really bothering me. I dreamt I was at a house with a bunvh of happy rescue dogs. And I had a happy, but willful, little dog with me. (Ive never owned a small dog. ) I was sitting outside, but a service van pulled up, and so I dragged my little dog into the house because I didnt want him to chase after the van. Then I realize Im with a younger version of my mother whom Im estranged from. Inside her apartment is a larger pitbull/terrier type of dog, white, eating redish dog food that was spilled on the floor. My little dog was now even smaller, and curious. He ran over to the food excitedly, but the bigger fog grabbed him up into his mouth and started to crush him. I ran over to help him, but the dogs jaws kept vlamping down harder snd my dog kept whimpering. When I got him out he was alive, but limp. I went to tush him to the vet, but woke up. I never seem to remember my dreams, but this one is as vivid as real life. If you could help me understand, I would be most grateful. Thank you. :)
Brian Ruhe on February 04, 2019:
Yes, as a child I experienced a kind of sleep paralysis.
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on February 03, 2019:
@tutpatra Have you ever experienced episodes of sleep paralysis?
Brian Ruhe on February 02, 2019:
I have a new roommate and I dreamt that he had a grey puppy dog who was calm but we are not allowed to have pets so we discussed this. It could mean a new friend as you write. The dogs name was Bull so I wondered if I can trust my roommate. Later he pulled down his shorts and exposed himself in the dream while my girlfriend was there and I felt that was inappropriate but didn't say anything in the dream.
tutpatra on February 01, 2019:
No, it was part of my dream. I dreamt that I woke up and said “phew thank god that was only a dream” then the dog was on top of me, I thought it was my niece so I calmed down, then I knew it was the dog so the panic came back. Does that make sense? I was dreaming though.
Micheline Peters on January 29, 2019:
I dreamt about my dog last night playing with two of her friends on a huge sandy beach. There was the three of them. One black and the other two are sandy. My girl also have what looked like a chop bone in her mouth. They were running all over. I am actually away from home at the moment.
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on January 28, 2019:
Hi tutpatra, thanks for writing. I'm a little confused by the end of the story--were you actually tending to your niece in waking life or was that part of the dream?
tutpatra on January 28, 2019:
My dream: I live in apartments. And we have a parking lot in the back. I dreamt that I went back there and there was a little section of the lot that was just this beautiful green and healthy color of grass with slight hills. I walked around and saw a tree and a dead black dog next to it. Like a few feet away. I got scared at the sight so I just left and decided to go back to the parking lot where there was pavement. Only I look back and the dog is alive and chasing me. I get scared so I start panicking and running. I see one of my neighbors (whom I don’t even talk to AT ALL) he’s getting out of his black truck so I run up to him and say “can I stay/hide here behind you because that black dog is chasing me” he says “yeah sure” but he looks back at the dog and it’s like he recognizes the dog because he starts calling it over with the usual pat on the knees and whistle owners do to call their dog. The dog comes up to him but he doesn’t pay any mind to him, the dog wants ME. The dog tries to reach me as I’m hiding behind my neighbor. I vividly remember a detail: the dog was smiling and had the friendliest face I have ever seen. The dog’s smile was almost human like too. It calms my nerves a little bit but I was still extremely and utterly confused as to why the dog wanted me because I have never even seen it before. After that, that part of my dream ended. I “woke up” (still dreaming) in my bed. With my blanket covering my whole body including my face. Which is usually how I sleep since it’s winter. But, I feel something on me and I immediately know it’s the dog. “Please don’t be the dog please don’t be the dog” I keep saying on my head because I am utterly terrified again as I feel it’s paws on my shoulders trying to hug at me. THATS what I remember. This dog was trying to hug me all throughout my dream. At some point though I begin “remembering” that apparently I was taking care of my niece the night before and that I had let her fall asleep in my bed with me. So, I begin to calm down as I “realize” it’s only my niece. But then I don’t know why but the fear starts coming back as I realize it’s the dog. That’s all I can remember. What does this mean??
Adrian r p on January 26, 2019:
One night i was dreaming i was going to feed my dog hes an american pitbull terrier named zeus as i was walking out the back door i stepped on a nail and immediatley sat down and pulled it out and my dog walked over to me and started licking the wound and i pat his head and then i woke up. Can you please help me out thanks
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on January 24, 2019:
Hi Divya, thanks for writing. First, let me try to help ease your fears about your girl. Dreams are usually symbolic, not prophetic, and even when they are prophetic the symbolism they employ is usually so difficult to interpret that we typically only recognize they were prophecies after the fact. I understand the fear of a dog dying and dreams like the ones you're describing sound terribly scary. However, if you look closely at the dreams, the theme seems to be more about losing something precious and not being able to find it. Even in the dream about the pupper dying, the overall theme isn't one of grieving a loss, it's one about searching for something beloved that has gone missing--searching for it so desperately that you are almost injured out of panic. Once, when I was going through a terrible time, I had a dog I loved like you love your girl. I obsessed constantly over his death--like there was barely a day that went by when I didn't think about when he would die, how he would die, etc. Looking back on it, I believe the reason I was so obsessed with this death was because he was the one bright spot in my life at that time. He was all I had to keep me going. I realize now that what I was afraid of was that if he died, I'd be left alone with nothing. Nothing is a lot to be left alone with! I'm not remotely suggesting that you in a similar place in life, but I would encourage you to consider asking yourself if the fear you have about losing your pupper stem from the dreams you're having or if they're coming from somewhere else in your life. Ask yourself what your dog could symbolize in your waking life--outside the dog herself. Ask yourself what you have in your life that you love as much as your dog and what you would fear losing as much as your dog. And then, when you have that answer remember this: feelings are feelings. That's it. That's all they are. Feelings aren't facts and feelings aren't prophecies. Feelings are things that alert us to what's going on in us--they don't necessarily mean that we're "on to something" because we feel something. Does that help?
Divya on January 23, 2019:
I have a Labrador 15 months old dog & i love her more than everything in the world..shez my baby. What disturbed me the most is that I saw 2 dreams related to her within the span of 15-20 days.
1. I dreamt my pup has gone somewhere with me & now missing. We were on some mountain area & i am searching her everywhere & crying. I end up getting awake while crying in real & found her asleep beside me on her bed.
2. Other one i dreamt today morning. My same pup died & people known to me buried her (it was my dog but the breed was different ). I freaked out & started searching my pup everywhere & all other were trying to console me but i was so angry that i ran away in search of her in mid of the traffic...getting almost hit by rash drivings of the buses ..unable to open my eyes which were swelled due to crying & again end up getting awake while crying in real.
It was so traumatizing even in the dreams it make me anxious in the awaken state too.
Both dreams i dreamt in early morning, 1st one around 4:30am & latter around 6am.
Is this indicates something serious & bad too???
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on January 09, 2019:
Hi Jef, thanks for writing. I always answer questions about what dreams mean with questions. It sounds like the most frightening part of the dream was the shadow coming out of the closet and hitting you in the face? Is that correct? If so, I have a few ideas about the dream and why it was so scary.
Manny90210 on January 09, 2019:
My dog is a hunter way black and brown very smart quiet gentle family dog, So last night I had a frightening dream that spooked me so much it woke me up, it started out kind of fun dream with me flying through the air chasing my dog, like a aeroplane view behind my dog following my dog while he runs through the field, the chase wounded up in a hall way with a door on the left, suddenly the door open and my dog ran inside then the door quickly closed by the time I got to it, I reached out and turned the nob opening the door and suddenly my dog comes running at me with a dark shadow following, it happened really fast as if the shadow hit me in the face which woke me up. What does this mean very scary
Jef on January 09, 2019:
So last night I had a frightening dream that spooked me so much it woke me up, it started out kind of fun dream with me flying through the air chasing my dog, like a aeroplane view behind my dog following my dog while he runs through the field, the chase wounded up in a hall way with a door on the left, suddenly the door open and my dog ran inside then the door quickly closed by the time I got to it, I reached out and turned the nob opening the door and suddenly my dog comes running at me with a dark shadow following, it happened really fast as if the shadow hit me in the face which woke me up. What does this mean very scary
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on January 07, 2019:
Hi Ebony. Yes. I was thinking that on a mundane level, you might be wondering how he was doing and hoping for some information. But, just like you wrote, I was also thinking that he might be appearing as a symbol alerting you that now is a time for listening, especially listening out for spiritual information. It's interesting to me that a dog had your ear because when we bookmark a page in a book we do so not just to remember where we left off, but also to mark portions of books that have significant personal meaning. Since you're about to go on a fast, it could mean that you're entering such a time of great personal significance. I'm not familiar with a Daniel Fast. If you have time, I'd love to hear about it!
Ebony on January 07, 2019:
We definitely still think of him often! He is a sweet dog, we just knew we weren't able to keep him permanently due to our circumstances:( He belonged to one of my mom and brother's old coworker, who moved out of state. He rehomed him to someone he works with now. We haven't been in contact with them since they picked him up, but I did ask my mom and brother if one of them could find out how he is doing since I had the dream! Lol I'm not really sure what I take from the dream, but the part about my ear definitely stands out! I just began a corporate Daniel Fast with my church so maybe my spirit is alerting me to be "listening" during this time...
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on January 07, 2019:
Hi Ebony, thanks for writing! Thank you also for fostering that doggo until he found a forever home. Even though he is with his new family, he will always appreciate and remember the kindness you showed him! I have some thoughts about the dream's meaning but I'm wondering if you have any of your own. To me, the stand out of the dream is the dog putting your ear in his mouth. Are you in touch with his new owners? Are you, your husband, or children really missing him? Just trying to get a feel for the dream.
Ebony on January 07, 2019:
Hi Aisling! I had a dog my family and I kept for a while until the previous owner was able to find him a new home. He is a black (with some white) pit, and he was rehomed about 3-4 months ago. I had a dream about him, running through the house, playful, as his normal self. I saw him and was asking where did he come from, how did he get to and inside of the house. The kids and I were excited to see him (I don't remember my husband being in the dream) but I was a little confused as how he had gotten there. He ran into my bedroom and jumped on the bed and I told him to get down, and he did, as I climbed on the bed myself (I don't like for the dogs to be on our furniture). I then remember him jumping up and grabbing my ear, as if he were going to bite it, but he just sat with my ear in his mouth Lol I sat still asking him to let go of my ear, feeling a little on edge because I didn't know if he was going to let it go or bite down (I don't recall there being any pain during that time, just feeling scared not knowing what he was going to do). He then let go and was around the kids who were petting him and happy to see him and he was playful. We then began to see lots of knats or flies and even something looking similar to a gold/silver/glittery dust as they flew around, then he left out of the room and as I go to follow him I wake up... Any thoughts?
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on January 02, 2019:
Hi Pete! That is a beautiful dream--very positive and peaceful sounding. How did the dream make you feel? Often what we feel about a dream is more important than the dream imagery.
Happy New Year to you! Yours is the first comment of my New Year making it a great way to kick things off!
Pete from Chicago on January 02, 2019:
Hello and Happy New Year !
My gift-dream for the new year ?
What could be the hidden message to me ?
Last night I dreamed about a German Shepherd:
I was somewhere to buy tickets for a concert, waiting in a waiting room. The lady opened the door of the cashier saying that the dog is friendly. He came directly to me covering my head with his big head
and lying over me. He was silent, calm, but it was a new experience for me and I was a kind of scary o him. Finally the lady came back, she wanted to take him away, but he was looking to me gently from a short distance, and he was tempting gently with his paws to touch me with joy and love.
In my childhood in the countryside,
we had several dogs and I like dogs.
A beautiful dream !
Thank you for your blog !
My best wishes !
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 29, 2018:
Hi joaqs. Thanks for writing. Is your dog chasing you in a playful manner or more aggressively? Is this a recurrent dream?
joaqs on December 29, 2018:
I dreamt of our pet dog chasing me in my dreams. He's a brown Shi Tzu turning 9 month old. hope u can answer this
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 21, 2018:
Hi Nura! How did the dream make you feel upon waking? I understand that in waking life you have a fear of dogs, but in the dream when the dog was carried off by your friend were you relieved or sad? How about when it returned and stopped between your legs? Where you running from the dog, or not?
Nura on December 21, 2018:
I dreamt of a black dog i guess it is a labrador. It keeps on looking at me. Then keep on wanting to be close but i shy away as in real life i am afraid of dogs. The dog was then carried away by my friend the it escaped and ran towards me like chasing me then stopped between my legs. What does this dream means?
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 10, 2018:
Thank you, Dan! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!
Dan McPhee on December 10, 2018:
Thanks for your time and words as I will remember them . Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year . It’s so nice that you do all this , Dan .
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 10, 2018:
Hi Dan, I completely understand your feelings. My dog, Oisin, had a tumor on his leg that the vet said was simply a "wart." In hindsight I'm certain the "wart" was melanoma because I took him to another vet, too late, sadly, who removed it and cauterized several other small "warts" that started appearing after the initial tumor. I'm more than sure that Oisin's cancer metastasized from the initial tumor. I know that melanoma is extremely aggressive and there may have been nothing that could have been done, but it still, to this day, bothers me that I trusted to first vet and didn't seek a second opinion because I would have taken as many extra days I could have with my dog. I also, like you, regret not being there when Oisin was put down. I've never not been present for any animal's passing and felt like he might have felt abandoned in the end. All that said, I think our animals know when we love them and I think that the love they feel from us over the course of their lives sustains them during the isolated times we weren't there for them. I think the anguish we feel, the worry we have over their final moments is our own--I think we feel such an emptiness when they leave us, especially if we feel we failed, that we project that anguish onto them. I believe you are extremely astute in interpreting your own dream: I believe your dog wagging her tail and that part of the dream was there to reassure you about her--that she is safe and happy. I believe that aspect of the dream, the part where she disappeared, is a beautifully poignant image expressing the supreme desire we have to hold what we've lost, but being unable to keep it in our grasp. Dean Koontz wrote the following about dogs and I just love the beauty in his words: “Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.” I am glad your dog had a friend who delighted in her!
Dan McPhee on December 10, 2018:
In a way , seeing her wag her tail made me feel better but upset I couldn’t grab her .I had her and another dog and than we rescued a dog that was in a shelter that was gonna be put down 6 months before she was put down. You see , she was my wife’s dog as I bought her for my wife and the 4 of us went everywhere together.My wife is a nurse and Jovi the one that was put down had a bump on her head sand my wife suspected it was a cancerous tumor , it was.When the vet said it was cancer Jovi was handed over to the vet tone put down as I stood there shocked and didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to her. Still today it bothers me that I didn’t as it all happened to fast.This poor little dog had teeth pulled only 5 days before the vet put her down and I know she was in pain . To be honest , The vet was more concerned about her teeth, a 1000 bill than the bump over her eye . I can’t go back as it’s done but think of her every day.I have no concerns about my other dogs as they seem ok, Thanks
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 10, 2018:
Dan McPhee. Hmm. My first thought was that your dream was a way of getting to say goodbye to your dog, but if the dream is recent and your dog has been gone for several years, I'm not sure that interpretation is correct. Did the dream leave you feeling better or worse? Do you currently have a new dog? Do you have concerns about the dog you currently have if so? Is there anything going on in your life that might feel like you're going to lose it without notice like the dog who passed? Or do you have any feelings like something is metaphorically slipping through your fingers? You don't have to answer those questions publicly, they're just ideas I'm having while considering your dream. Also, if either of those last questions ring true, please remember that dreams are rarely prophecies. Normally, dreams are there to alert us to feelings we have or the state of our psyches so that we can deal with those issues in order to be whole.
Dan McPhee on December 08, 2018:
My dog passed away almost 3 years ago .
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 08, 2018:
Manouchehr Teymouri: It sounds like the reason the dream disturbs you is because in it you were engaging in activity you personally not only find awful, but that you also active work against. Is that correct?
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 08, 2018:
I'd like to share a dream of my own involving my own dog, Oisin. Oisin is the dog in the photos at the beginning and end of the article. Oisin was my service dog and we were incredibly bonded. Sadly, as I've seen in several comments, Oisin died after the vet discovered he had cancer. This discovery was quite unexpected as Oisin appeared quite healthy. And, like Dan commented, the discovery that Oisin had cancer happened in such a manner that I was unable to say goodbye to him. A night or two after Oisin died I dreamed that he was in my kitchen. He was only there for a split second, but in the dream I touched him just before he vanished. The dream shifted and I was sitting with a friend on bleachers outside a high school. I was telling her that Oisin had been in my kitchen for a second and that I knew he had been there and that it wasn't a dream and that I knew this because I felt his fur when I touched him. I woke immediately after saying this to my friend and for a moment, I really did have the sensation of having just touched Oisin's fur. Do I believe my beloved dog truly appeared to me after death? I do not know. I do know that the part of his death I had the most trouble finding peace over was the fact that I did not get to say goodbye. The dream did not completely quell my grief; I still miss my dog. But the dream did allow me to grieve in peace. Still, I don't discount anything. I am a full believer in the words Shakespeare penned for Hamlet to deliver: "There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Manouchehr Teymouri on December 07, 2018:
Hi there. I am an advocate of animal rights, especially cats and dogs, who arr left hungry in my country with their own. I saw a nightmare last night. Two white and yellow dogs approached me. In the dream, I thought to myself, it is pity that i do not have anything in hands to feed them as i guess they are hungry. They jumped over me and i fell on the ground. I wanted to persuade them not to bite me and they seemed to do it partly but still biting my hand. So i decided to fight them back kicking and punching them. They ran and i felt so sad. What does that mean?
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 06, 2018:
Hi Fananaaz. First of all, death means many things in dreams and rarely does it actually signify actual, literal, physical death. Second, the "Black Dog" phenomenon is largely a concept in mythology. I currently own a black dog and he is adorable and sweet and not remotely an omen of death. :-) And since the dog in your dream is your own (unless I'm misunderstanding your comment) it would be unlikely that he's coming to you as a death sign.
What I'd be more interested in is why you felt the dream signified death. Was is because you have heard about the "Black Dog" mythology? Are you in a scary place in your life or under a lot of pressure? Which part of the dream frightened you the most?
Lastly, have you ever experienced sleep paralysis before or are you family with the phenomenon of sleep paralysis?
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 06, 2018:
I'm so sorry for your loss. What feeling did you have after waking? Did you find the dream comforting or did you find it disconcerting? I ask because sometimes the feelings experienced in the dream are of more importance that the actual dream itself.
Dan McPhee on December 06, 2018:
We unexpectedly put her down at the vets as we were told she had a cancerous tumor. I was in shock when my wife handed her over to the vet doctor as I didn’t get a chance to hold her one last time and say goodbye to her . I see her licking her chops as she left . It hit me later and bring a picture of her when I go on a trip and it sits on a table as she came everywhere with us .
Faranaaz on December 06, 2018:
I dreamed abt our dog pitbull a puppy a black puppy wth a white spot on da nose and mouth he is standing infont of my bed jst luking at me the 1,dream he below my tose and came 2 stand infont of me and send dream he is standing infont of my bed again bt der was sumthing puting my arm and thick me bt it was a havy pressure on top of me bt da dog stand der in front of my bed i got up and started pray and asking got wat is da meaning of dis dream bt as they say black is a sign of dead so i started 2 cut of spirit of death over me and my family my mum also dream abt dis dog so can any1,please hlp me abt by explaining 2 me da meaning of it
Madailein Aisling Ireland (author) from Seattle, WA on December 05, 2018:
Hi Dan! How long ago did the dog you dreamed of pass?
Dan McPhee on November 30, 2018:
I saw my dog that passed in my house and called her , she turned , wagged her tail and walked away and I went to grab her and my hands went through her as she disappeared than I woke up . Any thoughts on this?
Jordyn T on November 05, 2018:
Its 2 am. I just woke up from the strangest dream about one of my dogs.
My husband and i were driving in traffic, and my dog was running behind and next to us in traffic. I remember being at a stoplight and popping my head out of the passenger window to make sure he was keeping up. He followed with us throughout the town and out onto the next. It seemed so normal.