Phantom Pet Syndrome

Posted by admin on May 26th, 2013 filed in Beren, Dreams and Nightmares, General

Sometimes I dream of ghost pets. I’ll be dreaming that I’m not quite asleep, or at least aware of things happening around me a little, and I’ll feel a cat or dog hop up on the bed and settle against me on top of the blankets. I’ll feel an affectionate rub or a tail thump, sometimes hear a purr, or get patted by a paw. But when I reach down to pet the animal, it’s not there. I’ve had this sort of dream most of my life, so it doesn’t bother me. I just go, “Oh, ghost pets,” and continue sleeping. We napped this afternoon, with me in my bed and Beren in his bed. Maggie started in hers, but ended up in mine. I dreamed of some ghost cats taking an afternoon nap with us. I could feel them snuggled against my legs, but on opposite sides. The first thing Beren told me when he got up was that even though he was holding his kitty, he felt another kitty curl up on his belly and sleep with him. He didn’t seem troubled by this. It feels kind of good to be visited by these pets once in a while.

But also kind of weird we dreamed of them at the same time. I totally checked the carbon monoxide detector after getting up. It is not indicating that we’ve been poisoned to the point we should expect hallucinations. So we’ll just continue thinking of the ghost pets as a positive dream.

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