You’re not alone if you’ve wondered what dogs dream about. Chasing trucks? Chasing their tail? Well, according to a Harvard psychologist, pupper dreams are infinitely more adorable than we could have ever guessed.
Dr Deirdre Barrett, a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, has poured years into studying how humans sleep. Speaking to People Magazine, Barrett says that:
Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. There’s no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.
As anyone would, people have taken to Twitter to turn their melting hearts into pictures of their doggo and emojis of tears:
— lexi (@xleximarie_) October 20, 2016
OMG!!!! THIS MAKES MY HEART HURT
— eleta (@eletafahey) October 18, 2016
While this might immediately bolster a case of dogs over cats, Barrett actually mentioned cats’ dreams in the interview, saying:
We actually know more about cats dreams, because one of the earliest sleep researchers, Michel Jouvet, destroyed the tiny area in cat brains that inhibits movements during REM sleep. Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leapt up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed. They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams.
So, really, the best conclusion we can draw is that cats are always ready to hunt and kill, and dogs just want to love… or annoy.