Dog Symbolism & Meaning

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Dog Symbolism & Meaning

An excellent way of honoring the Animal Spirits that enter your life is by learning more about them. When a Dog chooses to act as a spiritual guide or an aid, you can trust in it for protection, alertness, bravery, devotion and constancy. This symbolic value for Dog isn’t surprising. This creature has barked at the heels of humankind for so long that no one knows for sure when they were first domesticated. Many people believe that Dogs have souls and will reunite with their human counterparts in the afterlife. In other words, all Dogs do indeed go to heaven!

The ancient Egyptians used Dog symbolism regularly. The city of Cynopolis translates as “Dog”. In this region it was actually law that the people of the city care for all Dogs diligently. They also worshipped the Dog Star (Sirius) because its position in the sky predicted the flooding of the Nile. This marked the New Year. This predictability of the Dog spirit equated to faithfulness and also gives Dog an additional metaphysical relationship with prognostication.

It seems everywhere you looked in the ancient world, and indeed modern times, Dog spirit is there with more bark than bite. Leaders in Babylon and Assyria both have numerous Dogs mentioned in their chronicles, along with the concept that Dogs have psychic vision and see ghosts or imperceptible dangers. They use this mystical ability to protect their owners not only in this life but the next.

This ability to see-true may be why the Greeks choose a three headed Dog image (Cerberus) as the guardian of the dead. In this position the Dog spirit again acts as a guide and even becomes a obedient intermediary for human souls. This protective element parallels with the Norse Garmr, a Dog that stands at the gates of the underworld. It is said that Garmr will only howl if the end of the world is nigh. In this way we see the Dog animal spirit again as a visionary and prognosticator.

Time and time again mythology portrays the sacred Dog as being brave, powerful and vigilant. The hunter Orion of Greek mythology was always accompanied by his faithful Dog Sirius. The Goddess Artemis is also depicted with divine hunting Dogs. In South Africa we see this creature portrayed as an Ancestor spirit that gives humankind fire, and in Japan the images of Dogs often stand guard at temple doors.

With all this in mind it’s not surprising when a Dog spirit guide chooses to bless your life. They are exactly where they wish to be, close to a human heart who will cherish them. As a side note, an actual living Dog can be a Divine messenger and helpmate too. Some people believe that Angels can turn themselves into Dogs for the purpose of safeguarding a person or family and offering aid in times of trouble.

Dog Spirit Animal

When the Dog Spirit Animal chooses you, you will have a best friend in the etheric plane probably for the remainder of your years on this planet.

Dog cannot be deterred easily, and is particularly drawn to humans who show service and loyalty generously to others. This animal spirit guide also comes when a soul calls out for aid, akin to the St. Bernard arriving just in the nick of time.

If Dog spirit keeps nudging you, be aware. There may be problems afoot that you cannot immediately see. Let your Dog’s nose sniff out the problem.

Additionally, Dog spirit always reminds you to maintain your integrity and faithfulness with all the gentle souls that share your life, both human and animal. This bit of animal medicine is true for self too – you cannot be a good friend to others without having the same relationship with yourself.

As a spiritual companion Dog builds an intense sense of devotion with all your relations. Should your proverbial tribe come into times of trouble, Dog spirit will not run with his tail between his legs but stand firm by your side. Just one word of caution: if your Dog animal guide feels you abuse trust and devotion, it will nip you firmly. Heed the warning.

Dog Totem Animal

If you find yourself attracted to a Dog totem it says a lot about your ability to give and receive love. It also reflects a person who serves quietly in the backdrop, leaving others in the spotlight while you support success. From this position you can see everything that’s going on more clearly and stand watch for any trouble.

A Dog totem symbolizes the ability to devote oneself to a spiritual path or personal ethic no matter the situation. It is not surprising to find many ministers and metaphysical teachers having a Dog totem. There is no need for a leash here – the dedication is already apparent and it would take a major crisis for you to abandon your faith.

Dog as a Totem Animal also embodies the social self. People with this Animal Spirit Guide ally never stray far from their inner circle of friends and family. When life becomes harsh, a Dog totem comes close and nuzzles us with unconditional love. He will lie at your feet and keep watch until the storms pass.

When working with this totem, remember that your patience for mean people or those who willfully hurt others’ feelings will be very low. There’s a tendency toward “chewing” them out in no uncertain terms, which may be exactly what they need.

Dog Power Animal

Dog people are fiercely devoted, loving and protective. Invoke Dog as your Power Animal when you need support staying strong in your drive to serve humankind. Burnout is no fun and Dog energy teaches us that it’s OK to stop and chase a Frisbee every once in a while.

Call in Dog medicine when your social calendar gets overwhelming. It’s fine to have lots of friends in your pack and you are the kind of person everyone else wants as a companion. You always seem to know just how to welcome friends with a happiness and healing energy that feeds people to their very soul. But you cannot save everyone and your own well-being is a priority.

Dog as a Power Animal encourages us to be the most giving and altruistic as possible. In some instances this Being asks us to carry messages from the spirit world or even from the Divine, often words that lift an ailing soul and provide hope.

Listen carefully to that guidance and deliver your missive faithfully but be sure you are protected, too.

Remember, you can’t help serve when your own mind, body, and spirit is energetically depleted.

Native American Dog Symbolic Meanings

Many Native American tribes had Dog companions that acted as a guide and guard who barked out warnings. Some of its symbolism intertwines with coyote as the inventor of fire, a spirit that brings and an intermediary between the Great Spirit and humankind that is friendly and loyal.

As with most global folklore, the aid of a Dog animal spirit in Native American tradition depends heavily on this creature (in real or other forms) being properly treated. Where people took care of Dogs blessings ensued, but where people harmed or disrespected the Dog spirit, calamity follows.

Dog as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Dogs were very important to hunting in the Celtic world. As such we often see the great heroes, Gods and Goddesses being accompanied by hounds. The stories of Dogs regularly focus on them as guides to the underworld, and guardians of the crossroads where they keep a spirit safe, and guide it toward a new life. This again reflects the Dog spirit as one that’s a loyal and honorable companion

Dog Dreams

Dogs barking in your dreams indicate trouble, and may warn of betrayal from someone close to you. Single Dogs in dreams often represent the dreamer’s overall sense of loyalty and generosity in daily life. A Dog with pups refers to your ability to cultivate or nurture people and situations.

Dog in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

In Asian cultures, Dogs are symbols of good luck and, of course, protection. Visit my sister site Building Beautiful Souls to read all about the personality, traits, and characteristics of the Chinese Zodiac Dog & Year of the Dog.

Dog Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Adventure
  • Constancy
  • Curiosity
  • Devotion
  • Friendship
  • Loyalty
  • Protection
  • Patience
  • Vocalizing Truths
  • Unconditional Love
  • Hearing Beyond the Veil

65 Responses

  1. Mary

    What does it mean when there’s a dead dog in a dream? I’m guessing it’s the loss of loyalty, love, and protection. This is true in my real life.

    • Hello, Mary;

      Sounds like you’re going through a tough time. With your permission, I’ll send you tons of good energy!

      You are correct. Dreams about dead and dying Dogs do have the symbolism you mentioned. These types of dreams can also be interpreted to mean that you are in a period where your own natural instincts are “dying” – all dying animal dreams include this symbolic meaning.

      All that said, it’s important for us all to remember that when we are being treated poorly by others we must make sure that our own hearts don’t shut down. So, search your heart and make sure that the “loss of love” is not happening inside you. Make sure that someone else’s poor choices are not causing you to love yourself any less, OK?

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  2. Mohua

    Just wanted to share a unique incident happened on Sunday. I was entering home through a small passage , suddenly I looked back there was a unknown dog following me .It was surprising and shocking for me that where he came from , as when I was entering there was nothing ; even in that passage no dogs were sleeping or resting . He was following me till my gate as if knowing me so well..his tail was continuously moving just like the way dogs do when they see there known person OR master . He started loving me and started searching something and I was continuously talking to him saying have nothing to offer him with love and affection yet felt sorry for the same . He tried to climb up and wanted a hug which surprised me more as if he behaved like my family dog . later my dad opened the door and I entered but the stood still and starring at me till I was entered completely .

    I felt bad that I could not offer him that day .. and now I am looking for him everywhere he was no where.

    can anybody explain what is this symbolize


    • Hello, Mohua;

      What a gentle heart you have! Of course that Dog wanted to give you love!

      Maybe the lesson here is to not pass up opportunities when they come to you. When unconditional love comes wagging its tail, we should welcome it with open arms and ask questions later.

      Sure hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

      • Mohua

        Hi Bernadette,

        Thank you for your revert .. will remember your kind words

        God bless & take care


        • Hello, Mohua;

          You are most welcome. Thank you for the blessings. I wish the same for you.

          Stay wild,

  3. Jen

    I just lost my dog in this past month and every since dogs are showing up everywhere. I even went to a baseball game and found out when I arrived it was dog day. Someone told me dogs are trying to get a message to me. What would that be?

    • Hi, Jen;

      Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss! I’m sending you a big hug right now!

      This is an easy one to interpret. Your pup wants you to know that unconditional love is everywhere and so is his spirit. He is not gone from you. He’s waiting for you just on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

      BTW, did he have an odd treat that he liked? Something unusual for a Dog to like?

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  4. Jen

    Thank you, Her favorite food was a banana.

    • Hello, Jen;

      That is certainly an unusual treat for a dog. I asked about the unusual treat because I’ve been a professional psychic medium for many years and when I was answering you the other night I got a message that he liked an “unusual treat”. I think your pup dropped in to say, “Hi”.

      Hope you’re doing a bit better.

      Stay wild,

  5. Jen

    Hi! I have a yard that will not grow things well and when plants finally get happy either a gopher eats them or something happens then they perish. Today I was thinking that maybe I should bless the land with some tobacco as the area used to be Native American land. A few minutes later a HUGE dog that almost looked like a wolfy/ husky type dog with bright blue eyes came up my driveway and did not want to leave. He was hot so I thought if I squirted him maybe I’d scare him and cool him down but I kept telling him it was time to go home but he just kept trying to hang out. I actually cupped his huge face and kindly told him to find his owner but he didn’t wanna leave. Finally I cleaned up my yard and went in. It struck me maybe it was Spirit sending him to tell me my idea was a good one so I found your site. I’m happy to see so many other people are finding the connection with spirit and dogs here but I was curious if you have any gut feelings or thoughts on my experience. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for your response XO

    • Hello, Jen!

      I’m so happy you found our wild family here at! Welcome!

      Blessing the land is always a great thing! The earth ancestors watch over all gardens, even one’s on the tallest rooftops in big cities! And, of course, organic fertilizer can’t hurt! LOL 😉

      How wonderful that “Wolf” energy showed up for you! Your energy tells me that you put other’s needs ahead of your own. Is it possible Wolf/Dog showed up to let you know that it’s OK to love yourself unconditionally? And, perhaps your land is telling you that for you to flourish and thrive, you have to tend your “own garden”.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      • Jen

        Hi Bernadette, That’s interesting; I have been practicing metta meditation which basically is sending “lovingkindness” to myself and other people. Your comments on loving myself unconditionally definitely fit as I just finished a book called Radical Acceptance and it’s all about loving yourself fully so you can have compassion for others that they can’t always have for themselves and in that space it allows them to heal. I have also been working on my own “spiritual gifts” and trying to develop them so I need to chew on your email a little longer as well as my wolf/ dog friend’s visit and how spirit has definitely moved to tell me something because I definitely intend to create a sanctuary for my patients…A GARDEN that people can come to and reconnect with the divine through the earth.

        Gratefully, Jen A

        • Hi, Jen!

          It’s SO awesome to read that you’re working on showing up and holding sacred space for yourself! Go YOU! And, you have to promise to send pictures of your lush garden after its blessed and thriving!

          LOL! If I had a nickel for every time someone said to me, “That’s interesting because…”. 🙂 I don’t know if you know this but I’ve been a professional psychic medium for many years. So, when I respond here it’s purely channeled info being sent through me to all you Wild Ones.

          If you ever want to check out my psychic work, visit my other site

          Stay wild,

  6. Ruby

    A strange dog showed up on my front porch last night and would not leave. She looked right into my front door and I spent two hours with her waiting for her to be found (we posted all over social media in local groups). Eventually her owners came and she did not want to leave, she also barked when they showed up like she was protecting our house. It was the strangest thing. She just sat on my porch with me and my kids while we pet her. She sat right next to me like I knew her for years. What does this mean?

    • Hi, Ruby;

      First, I LOVE your email address! 🙂

      Next, well, in my experience animals choose us – not the other way around. Energetically what I get is that you’ve been feeling a bit isolated and she came to cheer you up – to let you know you are not alone.

      What a wonderful heart you have to wait with her for a couple hours! Thank you for doing this!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  7. Casey

    Hi Bernadette –

    I had a dream the other night, that involved a pack of baby elephants coming out of a neighbor’s house that I was trying to go see, but as I stepped out of my house and started to walk down the sidewalk a copper pitbull mix with golden curious/sweet eyes was just sitting and watching me. I continued to walk and wanted him to find love and the next image he was following an man who he seemed happy with. Any ideas what this could mean?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Hello, Casey!

      Baby Elephants! LOVE this! That said, Elephants as Spirit, Totem and Power Animals are all about the loving and loyal support of family – even if it’s our soul family rather than our bloodties. Maybe take a look at this article – Elephant Symbolism and Meanings. Dogs, of course, are all about loyalty and unconditional love as well.

      What makes this dream even more interesting, and clearly focused on giving and receiving love – is that you describe the Pit Bull as copper colored. They elemental alchemy symbol for copper is also the planetary symbol for Venus. Venus – the Goddess of what? LOVE!

      Now, Pit Bulls are incredibly loving dogs. In fact, in Victorian England, they were bred to be companion dogs specifically for children. Again – a family and child reference in this dream.

      All this said, I’d wager your dream is about needing the family to gather around you at this time.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  8. Jimmu

    I was away from home for a couple months working and recently returned home. I have three dogs and my neighbor a commercial location had to dogs which where really friendly with me. One of them would even get mad when I played with my dogs. There are two new dogs which approached me and let me pet them through the gate like I would do to the older dog. When she finally approached as she usually would a left my hand there to pet her and she bit me. Can someone interpret this for me.

    • Jen

      Maybe she was mad at you for being gone so long? Just a thought.

      • Hi, Jen!

        Thanks for helping out another Wild One!

        Stay wild,

    • Hi, Jimmu;

      As Jen said, Dogs do not take kindly to their humans “leaving them”. What many folks don’t understand is, that humans are the leaders of the pack because they are responsible for bringing the food and keeping the other pack animals (pet Dogs) safe. So, when we leave our animals it causes them tremendous distress. See, they don’t understand that we will return. All they know is that their leader is gone. They perceive this as a threat to their very survival. So, when Dogs totally freak out it’s because they are terrified they will starve and no longer be part of a pack.

      However, she might have bit you for any variety of reasons and jealousy could be one of them. However, when there are so many Dogs around they will all start to vie for dominance.

      Just give your pups lots of love and attention. Talk to them the same way you would any human you love and care for. They will simmer down and peace will return to your pack.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  9. Shruthi

    Hi Bernadette,
    Just read about the article and i am so much connected to you. I am commenting from India. I have one daughter(7 yrs) and one son (2 yrs). I am compassionate about dog but unable to afford one because of complete responsibilities of my kids, my husband is always on and off. I am going through troublesome time. My kids are very attached to dog and always hold a soft toys with them, recently my son sometimes has started to act like a puppy, nudging, nipping and barking with lovable voice. I understand that dog animal spirit is standing beside me. But what is trying to make me understand with the present tough situations. Please help me to understand and also let me know how to connect more with the animal spirit

    • Hello, Shruthi!

      From India! That’s so wonderful! Welcome! My prayers are with you during your troubled times. Sure hope things get better right away! India is such a beautiful country. So deeply spiritual! I think maybe Dog as a Spirit Animal has come to let you know that a person can still demonstrate unconditional love and, at the same time, be the ultimate protector. Meaning, Dogs are one of the most loving animals on earth. But they are also the ultimate protectors of “the pack” as well as home. During this time, stay compassionate but don’t be afraid to stand your ground and growl if you need to. Dog energy is there to support you. Additionally, Dogs have an uncanny sense of direction. If you feel lost, ask Dog Spirit to guide you “home” to safety.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  10. Matthew


    What does it mean if you have a sense that a dog is beside you, and you can hear it drinking from a bowl of water? I keep having this sensation.

    Many thanks, love and light,


    • Hello, Matthew;

      I had to really think about this one but it seems to me that since Dogs are messengers of unconditional love and the Water Element symbolizes our deepest feelings and emotions, perhaps the sensation you keep getting is asking you to “lap up” or “drink in” all the unconditional love you can. Remember, Water makes up 72% of our human body so perhaps you’ve been “running dry” in the unconditional love department – whether it be giving or receiving.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  11. Scg

    I had a dream that a dog was chasing me trying to bite me and it bit me in my left hand firmly but it didn’t go through. I shook the dog off and was hiding from it in the dream. Any suggestion s as to what this means?

    • Hi, Scg;

      Dogs are symbols of unconditional love and loyalty. Is there a person or circumstance that you are afraid of committing to? And, are you sure the Dog was trying to bite you? Or was the Dog trying to take your hand and lead toward love?

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  12. Leisha Nepomuceno

    Our dog passed away almost a month now. He had a Chronic congested heart disease and was having diuretics to make him pee. At night time we placed wee-wee pads for him to urinate when he needs to. Sometimes he peed/urinate under the table or in our bathroom leaving a lot of his urine due to medicine his been taking. My husband will diligently clean it or anyone else in the family. He was our first dog in the family,loved by everyone and popular with my kids friend. Very playful and loving dog. He and my hushand developed a bond that he understood what our dogs need by just his actions or just a look on his eyes. He passed out in our trip then went to sudden death. He did leak my husband face manny times,make a little noise and hugged him tight before passing out and he let go. We were distraught, cried so much,brought his body home and burried in our backyard with our kids and other 2 dogs around. It was a sad, sweet goodbye. Up to this moment, he keeps visiting us, leaving us his trademark urine in places where he used to do it. My husband still see him on and off,and also hearing his grawling sound at times. If ever he do that, we told him to take a rest now and we will be fine. I know that dog spirit comes back but it seems our dog is hanging out everynow and then. What does this urination means in places where he used to do it?? We all miss him a lot. Even the mailman cried whe he knows he was gone. He really did leave us a SPECIAL place in our heart. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Hello, Leisha;

      Please accept my condolences for your family’s loss. When our pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge it can be incredibly painful. With the kind of bond your family has with your Dog, it makes perfect sense why he is still staying close to his ‘pack’ – even from beyond the veil.

      As for the urine spots – I’m unclear if you are seeing wetness or if you are smelling the urine. If you are seeing wetness then that’s a very, very big paranormal incident. It is a common thing for pets who’ve passed over to ‘come back’ and leave their “trademark scents” around their home. Animals will still mark their territory whether here in this reality or in the next.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  13. Nathan

    Hi Bernadette,

    Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Today I was driving a very busy freeway from the middle lane. A beautiful older golden mix burst on to the hwy from the right side. Probably jumped a fence. Everything in the moment slowed and I could see his collar, tags, and smile as he ran in front of traffic. All the cars to my right and left slammed the brakes in time but the SUV directly in front of me struck the dog who died on impact. We slowed right past him. I could hear cars skidding and saw the car directly behind narrowly miss me.

    It was unsafe to retrieve the dog and I felt incredibly guilty the further away we drove. I drove slowly home which wasn’t far still in shock. Our family dog was a golden who died in 2012.

    Once I got home and started taking out the garbage cans a very pregnant woman and her big pit mix crossed my path. I asked if it was ok to say hello to her dog and she seemed surprised and even more shocked when her dog came up to me wagging her tail and offered her head for a nice pet. Her name was Mammas.

    It would be awesome if you can shed light on the significance of these two tied events.

    Thank you so much!


    • Hello, Nathan;

      You are most welcome! It’s my pleasure to help folks as best I can.

      I can feel how deeply the event with the Golden affected you. These are the messages from Spirit which most breaks our heart and, conversely, offers the biggest wake-up calls.

      Golden Retrievers (mixed or not) are golden solar symbols. Pit Bulls are about strength but they were originally bred to be companion dogs for Britain’s children in the elite/ruling class. At their core, Pit Bulls are some of the most gentle, loving, and protective Dogs on the planet.

      So, perhaps witnessing the death/rebirth of Dog “energy” all in one day was intended as a wake-up call that if anything (perhaps money/job/career?) are ‘dead on the vine’ at the moment, a re-birth is coming. This rebirth is calling for you to stand in the seat of your own power but always remember that true strength lies in our ability to remain hopeful and compassionate.

      The solar energy of a Golden Retriever speaks to creative energies and abundance. So, if you’re going through a scary time or downward spiral as regards abundance, reach out to the Universe and ask for your own internal fire (Solar Plexus Chakra) to be reignited. Also, ask the Universe to help you become more comfortable with taking small risks.

      If I may, of all things you could have chosen to do right after these incidents – you chose to take the garbage out. That is a metaphorical cleansing and clearing if ever I saw one so maybe take a few minutes to meditate on exactly what you needed to immediately clear from your energy field after those very emotional moments?

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  14. Adriana

    Hi, last night i couldnt sleep my dogs kept barking. I finally decided to go see, and there was a beautiful white female pit, i took her inside. I feel a bond with her. Does this mean anything?

    • Hi, Adriana;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉

      Our Spirit Animal(s) can show up any time, anywhere. Since there is so much controversy going on about Pit Bulls (especially in Canada), perhaps she showed up to let you know that it’s time for people to see who you really are. Meaning, Pit Bulls are an incredibly misunderstood breed. During the Victorian era, because of their sweet and gentle nature, Pit Bulls were originally bred to be companion dogs for children of the elite class. They are not ‘who’ people make them out to be.

      Also, the color white symbolizes peace and love. So, maybe you currently need some of this energy in your life.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

      • Adriana

        Thank you, for your input. I was a little worried cuz of the kind of breed. Yes i do need peace and love in my life right now. Your response helped me, thank you. I was thinking of giving her away, but im getting attached.

        Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  15. Abby

    My spirit animal is a dog… or at least I’ve thought that for the longest time. Anyway, when I was a kid, I was always drawn to dogs and wolves… so recently, I’ve started becoming more drawn to the wilderness. I looked it up and all that comes up is the wolf spirit animal. So does that mean that my spirit animal is like a wolf dog hybrid or something? Or does that even happen?

    • Hi, Abby;

      Well, Dogs and Wolves do share ancestral lineage so it makes perfect sense that your Spirit Animal can be a hybrid. Or, maybe you have two Spirit Animals, which is very common.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  16. sian

    the universe certainly is a capricious being at times! my beloved eko had to be put down in 2002. i grieved so much it took more than 10 years to think about another. i now manage a complex in socal where pets are NOT allowed, but i have been wanting another dog for about 2 years. yesterday, a tenant was moving in ad a beautiful pup appeared out of nowhere and wouldnt leave her side. she brought him to me. all shelters in my area were already closed for the weekend and i know some shelters here are kill zones. ive already fallen in love with him. turns out he is a blue heeler and he answer to my prayers, being the hermit that i am…but i dont know what to do…as manager, i cant break my own rules and it would be hard for me to tell my owners the job has me so depressed/streesed out/overwhelmed i need a service animal.
    in less than 24 hours my life has changed from being house bound when not at work to going out with him every few hours. ive bought him new toys, great food etc. i hate to think of giving him up. hes smart so MAYBE has a home, but we have many homeless and tweakers where i live its hard to say. he wont leave me side for an instant and even dealt with a a bath after the dog park today.
    i know im not asking a question per se, but when i saw your responses that you also do psychic work, i thought you might be an excellent person to reach out to…
    any tips/thoughts/suggestions?
    it truly feels to me the universe has sent him my way…i sure could use a forever friend as much as he seems to want one also

    • Inanna

      Sian…do you still have the puppy?

    • Hi, Sian;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉

      Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Eko. When someone grieves for 10 years and, then, can open their heart to love fully again – that is very, very powerful. I would encourage you to keep the dog because, yes, the Universe has sent him to you. Though what I’m about to say next might seem ‘over the top’ – maybe the Dog came to you because it’s time to get job you enjoy more. Meaning, if keeping that job means you can’t have your new soulmate around – well, is that job worth it? Maybe there’s something better for you out there. Or, maybe the Dog came to help you be a catalyst for change and convince the owners to change their policy on pets.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  17. ha

    I had a dream were first I was naked with others didn’t feel uncomfortable I then put on a towel out of respect I think for a lady. Was part of some tour and looking for all our possessions clothes included. I then was outside with clothes on and saw several large dogs (Great Dane size) when I approached them they had human heads, different races mainly white but definitely a black one or two. Anyone have a meaning?

  18. kaveri


    Kaveri this side,23,Indian.

    For years I have had very repetitive dreams of dogs. I see such dreams once every 4 months.
    so mostly i see dogs barking at me, or running after me, howling at me. i feel shit scared after seeing such a dream. and in this dream I am usually somewhere near my home (Mostly in my colony only)

    PS: I do not have any pet animal, though I play with a pet dog at my granny’s place. And the dog really loves me. and i love it too. I do not fear dogs at all.

    • Hello, Kaveri;

      Especially because you’re Indian, this is an unusual dream. Indian people are, for the most part, gentle and loving – just like Dogs. So, having a repetitive Dog dream that scares you in a big omen. Now, the Dogs are just howling, not biting or attacking. So, it might really help to ask yourself exactly what is scaring you – especially since in your waking life there is no fear of Dogs.

      Maybe visit my sister-site take a look at some of the symbolism of Dog Dreams.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  19. Lucy

    Hello Bernadette,
    I’d appreciate your thoughts and if you would shed any light on my situation. It’s a topic which I don’t feel I can talk to with anyone I know in-case they think I’m nuts! Hence, I am glad to have found your site.

    This time last year I did a meditation/ hypnotherapy to meet my spirit guide, at a time I was experiencing difficulty at work. So I was looking for answers no insights. I kept an open mind and honestly didn’t know what to expect. My guide that showed up I recognised to be St Joseph. I looked further into this and found that he is the patron saint of workers, (among other things), and his feast day celebrates the worker. I felt this was very apt and coincidental.
    Fast forward a year, I have since left that particular employment and spent a few months over Summer re-grouping, gathering my energy with a view of starting my own business. I did a meditation/ hypnotherapy session yesterday, again to meet my spirit guide. St Joseph showed up and also a beautiful white husky dog with blue eyes.
    Please tell me, Bernadette, what I can make of this?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hello, Lucy;

      Welcome to the Wild Ones tribe! We don’t think you’re crazy at all!

      Oooo, a white Husky dog with blue eyes – how beautiful and ethereal! First, I LOVE that you are considering opening your own business! That energy feels really great for you! So, you know what Dog symbolism and meaning is all about so let’s focus on the colors – blue (eyes) and white (dog). I think reading the Color Meanings article on my sister site ( could help shed light on why this particular type of Dog showed up as your Spirit Animal Guide. However, white and blue! Colors don’t get very much more divine than that so I think spirit is letting you know that it is there to support your beautiful new business!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      • Lucy

        Hello Bernadette,

        Thank you so much for your response and positive insights – it really does mean a lot to me. I totally agree with Katrina – you’re websites are really special.

        Keep up the great work!
        Regards from London.
        Lucy 😀

        • Hi, Lucy;

          How very kind! Thank you so much! Let me know if I can help in any other way.

          Stay wild,
          ps – my DREAM is to spend a year in England! I’ll let you know when I make it across the pond! 😉

  20. Katarina

    Dear Bernadette,

    first of all,let me thank you for this wonderful website!

    Only very very recently I started getting interested in animal spirit guides and generally recognizing my connection with the nature,sloooowly waking up from the coma that I was spiritually in.

    Few days ago a friend from Poland linked your website and I looked it up out of curiosity and….I got hooked.What you created here to share with us is very very special.

    I’m pretty reserved,I keep to myself,also as far as online activities go but something urged me to post a message.Yesterday I couldn’t sleep and I came across a short meditation by Denise Linn about spirit animals and to my utter surprise,especially that visualising is not something that is easy for me,I actually SAW a Husky.It surprised me so much that I couldn’t really focus to follow through with the meditation as I was pondering whether it’s “real ” what I’m seeing and I was still wondering whether it’s a Husky or maybe a wolf (for some reason I have negative associations as far as wolves go so that threw me off a bit).It was a very moving experience but I have no idea what it meant.

    Today when I came back from work the first thing I wanted to do is to skype my Mum to tell her about that and once I said that I saw a husky in my vision her jaw dropped and she told me that that night she had a very real dream in which she was looking into the eyes of a Husky

    I was trying to google some information that would perhaps alow me to understand all that and I was brought back to your website and here’s Lucy’s post…..that’s how I knew I had to write this message.

    I would be very grateful if you could shed some light on that experience.

    All the best to you and the people who were brought to this place

    Warmest greetings from Lausanne,Switzerland


    • Hi, Katarina;

      Oh my gosh! All the way from Switzerland! How wonderful! Welcome to the Wild Ones tribe! Also, congratulations on waking up! 🙂

      It’s really awesome to know that you and your mom are connecting in the etheric during your dreamtime. What great adventures you ladies must have!

      Husky Dog symbolism is all about ‘the journey’, being free-spirited, and working in teams. So, it doesn’t surprise me that given your new-found ‘journey’ of spiritual awakening that a Husky would show up for you. See, spiritual awakening in about attaining true freedom. As you become more aware of everything being connected, you’ll understand what ‘team work’ really means. See, since we are all connected, what we do to ourselves we do to everyone. Conversely, what we do to others we do to ourselves. This concept is on the most macro level of macro levels. It’s the Butterfly Effect to the ‘nth’ degree.

      Since most Huskies have blue eyes, I would say to take a look at the Blue or Throat Chakra – the Chakra of communication. This might shed some light on your vision as well.

      Sure hope that helps!

      Thank you for the generous praise as well as visiting and commenting on

      Stay wild,
      ps BTW, LOVE Denise Linn. I took a past life regression seminar with her once and it dramatically changed my life!

  21. Marcia Mauskopf

    HI Jen ~
    Last night i found a dog claw in my bed. I only have one dog and i checked her paws this morning to find that all her claws are intact. Is there a message in this?

    Thank you.

    • Jen

      Hi Marcia! You might be meaning to write to Bernadette. Sorry if my email got mixed in somehow by accident!
      Love, Jen

    • Hi, Marcia;

      If you meant this only for Jen I apologize for jumping in. If you meant it for me (Bernadette) – when you say ‘claw’ do you mean a whole claw or the shell that sometimes comes off of cats/dogs?

      Stay wild,

  22. Anna

    In my meditation my spirit guide (shaman) appeared and told me my old name which was “a barking dog”. Is there a meaning behind it?
    Many thanks,

    • Hello, Anna;

      Dogs bark for many, many reasons. To discover the true meaning of your ‘old name’, it might help to keep a journal of times and situations where you feel most compelled to speak. Maybe you can find a pattern there. For instance, do you speak most when you’re nervous or feel threatened? Do you speak most when you see injustices or feel like more loving words of kindness are needed? Once you discover the pattern, you’ll know why your shaman appeared to remind you of who you once were.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  23. Keith M.

    Back in 2009 I was in Yellowstone and I was fighting with my wife on the phone who was berating me for taking a trip with my father and brother and law. While I was arguing with her that evening a white wolf/dog ran across the old faithful geyser field directly in front of the Yellowstone lodge about 75 feet in front of me. I recall it very well because there was something about the wolf that made me feel special and good like I was lucky to have seen it. Now in 2016 I have moved away from my family and I live with my wife and our three children somewhere else. We have had a really rough go of things lately fighting and infidelity have left me and my wife at our wits end. I am trying to make the best of things but it only seems to be getting worse and worse. the other night I was at work 11-7am in the morning and I have a camera that faces the door of the building I work in. I work at a water plant and it is out in the middle of no where near the everglades of Florida. So I catch something moving on the camera and it is the white wolf I saw in Yellowstone approaching the door to the building I am working in. Initially I am caught of guard but then go outside. It is all white with shaggy hair like a German Shepard I call to it and it runs away. What does this mean? I am at a crossroads in my life where I am about to give up on my marriage but I stay for the kids. What is this wolf/dog trying to tell me?

    • Hello, Keith;

      First, I’m truly sorry you’re going through such a rough time. With your permission, I’ll send healing energy your way.

      Infidelity in a marriage is one of the hardest things for a relationship to come back from. Since you saw a Wolf/Dog at, of all places, “Old Faithful and the Wolf/Dog you saw in both locations was White – the color of divine and unconditional love.

      Now, the origin of the domestic dog stems (according to scientist) from Wolves. So, when we see or dream about Wolves/Dogs it can have many of the same connotations – except Wolves are the purest form of the symbolism. Meaning, man hasn’t (for the most part) tamed Wolves. Take a minute and read about the Wolf Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal.

      Wolves and Dogs definitely teach us about unconditional love and loyalty. However, that love and loyalty extends to our self. Wolves teach us about personal power. And, Wolf as a Power Animal can help us reclaim our home as a sacred space.

      As regards your decision about divorce, perhaps ask yourself if it is time to stand your ground. See, leaving a marriage does not necessarily mean we are giving up. Often times it can mean we are fighting for and moving toward creating a better life for our self and our ‘pack’.

      Hope this helps.

      Stay wild,

  24. Peter

    Bernadette, I’ve noticed that when I meditate I see and feel several dogs nuzzling me and licking my face. My dog passed away 7 years ago and I would see her in my dreams sometimes. Would these dogs that show up in my meditation be spirit guides?

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, Peter;

      Absolutely these dogs can be your Spirit Guides! How awesome! You have a whole pack of animal spirit guides!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  25. deanna

    Hi I wanted to know what it meant me n my family were driving to the city n on the right side of the road there was a big white fluffy dog looking like a wolve kinda n it was like it waited for us then at a certain point n it came after us like it was going to attack then I pulled the wheel a little so I wouldn’t hit it. We don’t know what this means can u plz help us or give is an understanding thank u so much

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Deanna;

      The first thing I can offer is to think back and try to figure out why you thought the Dog might be coming to attack you. Are you sure? Is it possible that the Dog might have been trying to get some help? Next, white is the color of peace, purity, and divine love. Whenever we see a white animal it’s a sign that now is the time to call in enlightenment. What kind of spiritual awakening do you need or want at this time? What divine path will serve you and the rest of the world best?

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  26. Rose

    Hi, been dreaming about dogs lately. My son is not with me atm he doesn’t get along with my husband. I want him to come live with us but my husband doesn’t want him here. Anyways had a dream get came here and get brought our dog from back home but the dog escaped and ran away and I was so upset. That’s all I remember of this dream it really bugs me

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Rose;

      Dog symbolism (especially in dreams) is all about loyalty to family and protecting the home. As a mother, the natural instinct will always be to protect your child. So, perhaps your spirit is telling you that loyalty to and protection of your son is needed at this time.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  27. Rose

    Couldn’t edited it’s supposed to say he* not get sorry

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, Rose;

      No worries! I understood what you meant. 🙂

      Stay wild,

  28. Fish

    Hi, sorry this is long, but when I was in highschool I was walking home and while heading down my street I froze, to my right crouched in the shade of my neighbor’s hedges was a dog, the dog looked unlike any dog I had ever seen, until just now. I read a story about a “Pale Pack” of African Wild Dogs, my heart leapt out of my chest as that was exactly what the dog I saw in the shade looked like! only a little smaller ears.
    The dog stood crouched in the shade, I felt overwhelming fear, I stood there for a few minutes, afraid the dog would attack. After awhile i started to cry, the dog was so menacing, I took a photo of the dog with my phone, I began side-stepping at turtle speed so as not to startle the dog and ’cause an attack, It took forever with fear growing as with every step I took the dog watched me even closer.
    Once on my side of the street I began backing up, not taking my eyes off the dog. I backed up further and further and he slowly started to crouch towards me as I got futher. I backed up faster until the distance was great enough I felt I could get to my gate, then turned and bolted- the second I started turning I saw the dog rip off at lightning speed towards me. I got to my gate and threw it shut and turned around and- nothing. The dog wasn’t there. I looked around and over the fence and down the street and there was no dog. After collecting myself inside I sat down and looked at the photo, nothing. I had taken a photo of shady hedges on my road, with a large blank spot where the dog should have been.
    I’ve never done drugs, or smoked or drank, and I’ve kept very quiet about this as, clearly, it’s not normal to suddenly hallucinate such an incident. It was so real, the dog was there, I felt it’s presence I saw it breath I watched it’s alive eyes,

    What does it mean that I hallucinated this? so vividly? so realistically? I’ve never hallucinated or had visions since, it was like a mini stroke or something I’m still bothered four years later by the feeling of looking at that photo and seeing there was no dog in it. Why did I hallucinate an African Wild Dog? I’m assuming I must have seen it on a national geographic or animal planet documentary and not taken note, which is why I couldn’t find the dog when I googled it. During my googling I treated it as real, not a vision, so I disregarded anything with AFRICAN in the name, of course, as I live in forrested-mountain Northern California.

    What could any of this mean?

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