My pets have many quirks, but by far one of the most unusual is my dog’s sleep-barking. Diamond Shamrock, my bully breed dog, almost never barks when she is awake.
On rare occasions, a young foster cat will rile her up enough to get one bark. When she is asleep, however; she regularly lets out a long series of low and muffled barks. The first time I heard it shortly after her adoption, I looked out the window expecting to see a dog barking up the street.
Her nose wrinkles, her muzzle twitches and her tongue often sticks out during these dreaming sessions, where I imagine she is dreaming of endless piles of fallen leaves.