Do Animals Dream Essay

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Do Animals Dream

Having various animals growing up I have always wondered what they were doing while they slept. Did they just lay there in a deep sleep or could they have the capability of having a dream? This is a question I have never answered over the years and would like to explore now to find out the answer. I've watched different pets throughout my life while they slept but could never tell if they were dreaming. I noticed that different kinds of animals sleep in different positions and I ask myself, "does this effect if animals dream?" When I was younger, I had several cats, some inside and some outside, and they all acted differently. The cats who stayed indoor would find a corner or something soft to sleep on, even each other. I really don't know where the outside cats slept all the time. I do remember seeing them under the porch asleep and under cars. I was too young to remember if they looked like they were dreaming or just sleeping.
As I got older, I got a dog for a pet but I don't really remember much about it. Although, the whole time I was growing up my dad had fish. There were always fish swimming around a tank and I can not for the life me remember a time that they would be sleeping. They were always moving or just being still and looking. Fish are interesting animals because it's hard to know or even tell if they sleep much less dream. After my daughter was born, we got some cats and then two hamsters and later some goldfish and finally a Chihuahua. The cats that we had were twin cats named Tigger and Tiger. They didn't get much sleep at the time because Robin, my daughter, was around two years old and was constantly doing something with them. If they did dream while they slept, I think it would be a dream about Robin and how she tortured them. She would ride them like they were horses and just treat them like every kind of animal but a cat. I could be wrong but who knows I could be right.
When Robin was five years old she got two hamsters which were very interesting. They slept all day long and were up all night long. They slept on each other in every weird position they could come up with. They were always very still while they slept so I personally don't think they dreamed. Shortly after we got the hamsters they died so we got our next pet which were some goldfish. I would like to tell you about them but they died also two days after we got them. Our last pet, which has survived, is a Chihuahua. She is the funniest little dog that there is. She does sleep a lot, either on the couch, under the computer and at night, she has to be next to a human body. She will bark and even move while she sleeps which I believe is a sign of her dreaming about something. If she moved as much as she does when she is awake she would be hilarious when she slept but unfortunately she doesn't.
My experience with all my pets throughout the years have given me the curiosity of whether...

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