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Are they dreaming?

I have watched my dog’s paws mimic running and heard her yipping when she appears to be soundly sleeping. My sister’s cat’s whiskers twitch, its tail whips and it swats at imaginary things in the air when it sleeps. Are they really dreaming?

Many scientists believe there is enough evidence that both cats and dogs and many other animals do dream. They have studied animal brains and found that they exhibit REM (rapid eye movement) type of sleep, where the brain is highly active but the person is unresponsive to the environment. During REM sleep, animals show the same kind of brain activity as humans. It is thought that the animal, like its human counterpart, relives experiences its had while awake.

Dogs spend an average of 10% of their sleeping time in REM sleep. Cats, who have been studied with EEG tests average about 30% in REM sleep. Puppies, kittens, and larger dogs can average even greater amounts. It is believed that REM sleep is a time when we sort and file our days events into our memory. So the next time you have an active day with your dog or cat, watch them sleeping afterward. You may just see that experience acted out in their dreams.

dogs and planes

These days, many of us like to travel with our pets. Travel in the car is common, but what about on a plane? If your dog weighs more than 15 pounds, it must fly in the cargo area. If this is the case,  the following tips will help to make it a safe and enjoyable flight for both of you.

  • You will provide the crate with 3 well-ventilated sides and constructed of metal or hard plastic. Be sure it is roomy enough to give your dog breathing space.
  • Try to book a flight that goes straight through to your destination. This helps to keep your dog’s stress level down and avoids the possibility of loss during plane changes.
  • Avoid peak travel times to give attendants more time to handle your pet properly.
  • Be up-to-date with vaccinations.
  • Put something in the crate that is comforting to your dog..even your clothing that smells like you.
  • Have a water dish attached to the crate. That way, if there is an extreme delay, attendants can provide water during the layover. Dogs can go for up to 10 hours without food or water.
  • Do not feed your dog for 6 hours prior to the flight. They may have water up until the flight.
  • When flying during a warm season or to a warm climate, fly only in the morning or late evening. Cargo holds can get hot while the plane is waiting to take off or get to the gate after landing.
  • Put feeding instructions or medication requirements in the crate or attached to it in case your dog is lost.
  • Be sure your dog has an I.D. container attached to it’s collar with your name, address, phone number and where you are going.
  • Enjoy and have a safe flight knowing you’ve thought of everything!

Sebastian is a Celebrity

Tails Untold is very proud to announce that Sebastian, who recently was the Star of a Tails Untold New York City Adventure Book was just featured in an article in the New York Post on Sunday, November 27, 2011 on page 43.  The article discussed how five dogs, Sebe included, are devoted to helping others.