Sleeping dogs are thinking of their humans, and owners just can't handle it.
Last week, Dr. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University, shared insight about pets that owners have been dreaming to hear.
In anticipation of USA Network's new dream-themed psychological thriller, "Falling Water," people were asked whose sleeping heads they would most like to get inside. The resounding answer: pets.
Dr. Barrett was interviewed by People magazine and presented her professional opinion of what exactly pets, dogs in particular, might be thinking about in their REM cycle. It turns out dogs are most likely dreaming about their owners.
People read the article and set their emotions aflutter on Twitter:
— egg (@harrysosborn) October 17, 2016
ever since I read that thing about dogs dreaming about us I want to cry whenever sage is dreaming ?
— mayor of failure ? (@stillicides) October 20, 2016
"its likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." WE DONT DESERVE DOGS WHSGDHF IM
— alesia (@gayngsey) October 19, 2016
I just found out dogs are most likely dreaming about their owners & im crying MY DOG SLEEPS ALL THE TIME DHFHFDUHDAHJ
— ??HALLOWEEN?? (@SierraKathryn8) October 20, 2016
When you learn dogs probably dream about their owners and think about your own dog dreaming about you pic.twitter.com/Nigg7Mcm35
— Anya Crittenton (@anyacrittenton) October 20, 2016
That article about dogs most likely dreaming of you when they sleep is internally wrecking me. ?
— tiny trade (@Sword_emoji) October 20, 2016
ever since I read that article bout dogs likely dreaming of their owners I want to cry and let my dog sleep in my room?
— Nicole Pre (@nclnglpr) October 21, 2016
watching a dog dream > watching any movie
— JOHNNYPEMBERTON (@johnnypemberton) October 23, 2016
But it's not just dogs dreaming about humans. Turns out people do a lot of dreaming about dogs, too:
i had a dream about my exes dog... not him, just his dog
— Mom (@childshgambryno) October 23, 2016
I had really weird dreams that I just have to share:
My dream boyfriend turned into an anthromorphic dog & I was petting his head for hours
— Spoopypup ?? (@Lizombi) October 23, 2016
I dream about my dog a lot
— kayley (@KayleyLowder) October 14, 2016
I had a dream about my dog & it felt soooo real & I almost woke up crying because I miss her so much 🙁
— Londzy (@AlondraDelira) October 13, 2016
Had a dream I went off on someone for calling my dog fat
— Squidnay (@sydney_mccreary) October 13, 2016
And sometimes our dog dreams are a little tormented:
Dude last night I had a dream that I made my dog cry bc I yelled at her for doing something she wasn't supposed to. ?
— bad thang? (@DrewLou13) October 13, 2016
I had a dream that a dog was eating plastic bags and i spanked him to discourage him from doing it and I woke up feeling so bad
— Jason Wong (@EggrolI) October 13, 2016
i had to take care of a dog in my dream last night and i still feel the stress of its existence i cant feed or walk it it doesnt exist
— Tang (@miraculousTang) October 13, 2016
I had a dream that Donald Trump tried to take my dog away. It was the creepiest and now I'm hugging Otto and never letting him go.
— Amanda (@vancampar) October 13, 2016
Last night I had a dream that a dog was verbally harassing me and I woke up so scared I wouldn't go back to sleep
— Rachel (@honeymoonrachel) October 13, 2016
i had a dream my mom said yes to getting a dog and i was really happy but then i realized it was a dream
— ✨rohmz✨ (@rohmafalak) October 13, 2016
And if you're asking if you should get a dog, the answer is always yes:
Last night I had a dream that I adopted/saved a dog from the pound, so now I don't know if that was a sign that maybe I should a get a dog ?
— kenz. (@mkenzie16) October 13, 2016
Seriously, we don't want to be this guy:
i had a dream I had a dog. I woke up with none. not cool
— gill (@WhatTheFreitas) October 13, 2016
If you find yourself dog-less, rectify that. There are plenty of shelter dogs in need of forever homes. And there are also neighbor dogs, friends' dogs, co-worker dogs, and that dog you know from your morning commute but you've never really met.
Twitter agrees. We all need dogs in our lives.