If a scary dream ends well, does that make it a good dream?
Last night I dreamed I attended some sort of somber function, and we had to check our belongings. When I was ready to leave, I was given my purse. Then the checker, who was a man, said, "We couldn't find your dog." Never mind that I hadn't brought her along.
I was furious and frantic, and asked them to help me find Ellie. They were polite but firm: if she'd gotten out of the building, they couldn't help me. I set out to find her myself.
It was one of those neighborhoods, mostly businesses and few pedestrians, that had seen better days. Everyone was very nice, and kept pointing to different places she might have gone. I went up and down the streets, calling and calling for her. Nighttime was falling early, as it does in city areas surrounded by tall buildings.
In the end, I began to check into the alleys, and sure enough, just as soon as I shouted "Ellie!" she came from around a corner. Then she jumped into my arms and I felt a flood of relief.
And that was it. I woke and could feel the HuggaMutt pressed against my legs.
Here's the little heroine of my story, standing on a high river wall. I'm afraid of heights and won't go close enough to get a good perspective. Ellie is also slightly acrophobic, but it would seem that four legs make one feel more secure. The water is some 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) below.