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Ancient Dreams, Modern Times
by Allen and Linda Anderson
When we think of what in-
digenous people have in com-
mon, one word comes to mind:
dreams. Whether Native Ameri-
can, aborigine, Maori, or some
other culture that seems to have
a capacity for connecting heav-
en and earth, dreams are always
a major part of their lives. Unlike
our high-tech, logical, cynical
world where nothing is deemed
worthwhile unless scientists
can prove it, these peoples have
learned to trust the messages
from dreams. They understand
that dreams are doorways to the
spiritual worlds.
Because we write about the
spiritual relationships between
people and animals, we often
experience the way dreams and
animals connect. Sometimes,
our readers send stories about
animals coming to them, as
souls, in the dreamstate. Per-
haps the following stories will
remind you of your own dream-
times with animals.
One night, Allen was awak-
ened by Linda having a rough
dream. Her arms were thrashing
about, and she was mumbling in
her sleep.
Then Allen noticed that our
black-and-white cat Cuddles
had jumped up on the bed and
hovered over Linda's pillow.
With great gentleness, Cuddles
put her paw on Linda's forehead
in the spot between the eye-
brows. (Some religious teachings
call this area on the forehead
the spiritual eye.) Cuddles kept
her paw on the forehead for a
moment until Linda quieted
down and returned to a peace-
ful sleep.
Linda's kitty protector must
have chased away the dream
monsters. The next morning,
when Allen told her what he had
observed, Linda didn't remember
the dream, but she was grateful
for the nocturnal presence of her
protective cat friend.
Joe and Jean Jeffries, a cou-
ple from Iowa, weren't neces-
sarily into noticing the spiritual
elements of life. Joe was a com-
mercial truck driver, and his wife
Jean was an executive secretary.
After Jean's profound dream,
however, they received a bless-
ing in the form of proof that all
creatures are connected. We
published their story below in
our Angel Animals Story of the
Week newsletter.
Tootsie girl came to Jean's
home in March of 1995, just
five months old and full of vig-
or. Jean wanted to keep Tootsie
in the kitchen so she installed a
child's doorway fence. After put-
ting the fence in place she pro-
ceeded up the stairs. Moments
later, there was Tootsie right
behind her. Thinking the fence
had been pushed out, Jean re-
turned to the kitchen to find the
fence still in place. It was as if
Tootsie had springs in her legs.
With a bounce, over the fence
she went. (Her AKC registered
name became "Bouncy Bonnie
When Jean met Tootsie, the
dog's name was Missy, which be-
came Midge after she moved in
with Jean. One day while talking
on the phone to Joe, her future
husband, Jean said, "I need to
take Toots out." From then on,
the dog's name became Tootsie.
Jean tried to do the right
things like enrolling Tootsie into
puppy kindergarten. Tootsie tried
really hard to follow the rules
but had a difficult time being
a good student. With practice,
Tootsie learned to sit for a treat
and when out walking with Jean,
she would stop and sit before
crossing the street. She loved re-
trieving the ball and Joe would
play catch with her many times
a day.
Gunner dog moved in with
Joe a few months after Jean
brought Tootsie home. Gunner
had been a show dog but grew
too large and so did not qualify
for showing any longer. Gunner
was very well mannered, loved
to eat, but didn't know how to
play ball. When he met Tootsie,
he learned very fast, and the
competition began.
Gunner would always run the
ball back when he retrieved it,
ready for another toss. Tootsie
would sometimes hold the ball
and not return it right away,
which frustrated Gunner for a
moment but he was very, very
patient. If the tossed ball went
under a chair or table where he
couldn't get to it, he would stare
at it until someone noticed and
pulled out the ball to throw for
him again. Sometimes Tootsie
would dive under wherever the
ball had landed and retrieve it.
Before Joe and Gunner had
moved into Jean's home, feed-
ing time was not of particular
interest to Tootsie. If Jean stayed
in the kitchen next to her, Toot-
sie would munch away. The min-
ute Jean left, Tootsie would grab
three or four pieces of food and
follow; then drop the food and
only munch one at a time.
Gunner lived to eat, and feed-
ing time was very important to
him. Tootsie soon found out if
she didn't keep her head down,
Gunner would dive in. While
the food bowls were being pre-
pared, Gunner would sit patient-
ly and whine about how hungry
he was. Tootsie would spring up
and down, up and down, until
the dishes were ready. This soon
became known as "Feeding Time
at the Zoo."
Jean and Joe called Gun-
ner and Tootsie "the kids." The
two dogs loved to play ball and
tug of war and to go for walks.
Tootsie never missed a chance
to be the boss and would tease
Gunner until he couldn't ignore
her any longer. A couple of times
she pushed Gunner too far, nip-
ping at his ear and growling, and
he gave a swat to make her leave
him alone. Their disagreements
didn't last too long, and they
were soon best buddies again.
Both dogs lived long, healthy,
and loving lives -- Gunner to
fourteen and a half years, and
Tootsie to fifteen and a half years.
They each eventually began to
lose strength in their back legs. It
became very hard for them to go
up and down stairs or walk very
far. Gunner went to the Rainbow
Bridge a year before Tootsie. Jean
and Joe missed him so much.
Every Monday night they would
light a candle and remember
their special Gunner Dog. Need-
less to say, Tootsie then became
even more pampered.
After Gunner was gone,
Tootsie had a particularly bad
time. One day, after trudging up
the stairs she lost balance and
tumbled all the way down. She
didn't get hurt; no broken bones,
but her ego was bruised. She had
been struggling to get around,
not particularly interested in eat-
ing, and her little body was just
wearing out.
One night soon after the fall
on the stairs, Tootsie came to
Jean in a dream. Wagging her
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