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I Dream of Weenie: Dog Dreams Decoded

What your subconscious might be trying to tell you

By: Jennifer McRae-Huls

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  • To dream of a vicious dog denotes enemies and unalterable misfortune.
  • To dream that a dog fondles you indicates great gain and constant friends.
  • To dream of owning a dog with fine qualities denotes that you will be possessed of solid wealth.
  • To dream that a blood-hound is tracking you [means that] you are likely to fall into some temptation in which there is much danger of your downfall.
  • To dream of small dogs indicates that your thoughts and chief pleasures are of a frivolous order.
  • To dream of dogs biting you foretells for you a quarrelsome companion either in marriage or business.
  • Lean, filthy dogs indicate failure in business, also sickness among children.
  • To dream of a dog show is indicative of many and varied favors from fortune.
  • To hear the barking of dogs foretells news of a depressing nature. Difficulties are more than likely to follow.
  • To see dogs on the chase of foxes and other large game denotes an unusual briskness in all affairs.
  • To see fancy pet dogs signifies a love of show and that the owner is selfish and narrow. For a young woman, this dream foretells a fop for a sweetheart.
  • To feel much fright upon seeing a large mastiff denotes that you will experience inconvenience because of efforts to rise above mediocrity. If a woman dreams this, she will marry a wise and humane man.
    To hear the growling and snarling of dogs indicates that you are at the mercy of designing people and you will be afflicted with unpleasant home surroundings.
  • To hear the lonely baying of a dog foretells a death or a long separation from friends.
  • To hear dogs growling and fighting portends that you will be overcome by your enemies and your life will be filled with depression.
  • To see dogs and cats seemingly on friendly terms and suddenly turning on each other, showing their teeth and a general fight ensuing, [means] you will meet with disaster in love and worldly pursuits, unless you succeed in quelling the row.
  • If you dream of a friendly white dog approaching you, it portends for you a victorious engagement whether in business or love. For a woman, this is an omen of an early marriage.
  • [If you] dream of a many-headed dog, you are trying to maintain too many branches of business at one time. Success always comes with concentration of energies. A man who wishes to succeed in anything should be warned by this dream.
  • To dream of a mad dog [means] your most strenuous efforts will not bring desired results and fatal disease may be clutching at your vitals. If a mad dog succeeds in biting you, it is a sign that you or some loved one is on the verge of insanity and a deplorable tragedy may occur.

Excerpted from Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted: or, What’s In a Dream: A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams, Gustavus Hindman Miller, 1901 (originally published by G.W. Dillingham Co in New York in 1901)


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By: Jennifer McRae-Huls
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