deckardcanine said:"Not sure if I take dreams seriously or am just intensely interested in them.",
Dreams are very important to me for a couple of reasons. One is that they produce more imaginative ideas than I ever do while awake. The other is that often I can't see things that are right in front of me, and I have a tendency for denial of unfavorable truths. Dreams can sometimes be a window through these mental blocks.
deckardcanine said:"I've had all those kinds. And I've had some dreams with no speech or writing, or only in a language I don't recognize (so most likely gibberish). I attribute it to certain parts of my brain not getting involved in the dream.",
Could be. I hadn't thought of it that way. I was more willing to believe that the dreams are formatted acording to the way we either perceive or interact with the world.
deckardcanine said:"On the rare occasions that I'm an animal, it's usually a familiar cartoon anthro like Underdog or Buster Bunny. And there are times when I feel I'm merely looking out of their eyes, not controlling their actions (a feeling that can also happen with human forms).",
I don't think I've ever been a cartoon animal. In fact I think that to date the only dream I've had about being inside a web comic was a brief sequence at the Watering Hole of Suburban Jungle, and already the recollection is fuzzy. When younger I used to dream about being inside cartoons, but not interacting with them directly. The main characters would carry on with whatever they were doing, oblivious to my presence. The most significant such interaction I had was being in the audience of the Muppet Show, way out near the back, and asking the nearest audience member in a whisper what was on the show tonight, with Kermit the Frog talking all the while on stage.
deckardcanine said:" I'd like to have more of your kind of animal dreams.",
The sense of instinct is usually very powerful, especially when I've been a cat. I recall vividly jumping to the top of wooden fence pailings, and looking around the back yards of houses in the dark of night, watching and listening for any movement. On one occasion I recall being distracted by the movement and sound of a short palm tree blowing in the breeze.
When a horse or kangaroo I just want to be moving as fast as I can, galloping or leaping. It's an awe-inspiring feeling to be able to push against the ground with the legs of a kangaroo, and feel yourself surge forward, unlike the pathetic little hops that humans make in such an attempt.
During these types of dreams I usually have no memory of being human, and most often I don't see other humans.
deckardcanine said:"Good question. Kangaroos are not widely known for deceit, are they? They're kinda big to be subtle.",
Not as big as tigers, which are masters of subtlety AND deceit (tigers have been known to imitate the sound of prey while hunting). Modern day kangaroos I'd say no. They're grazing animals, not hunters or scavengers. However they are supposed to have descended from huge predatory marsupials, and to have been cousins to the Tasmanian Tiger which was an endurance predator. There's potential for them to show some deception, as it would be an advantage while fighting for mating rights, but they're not renoun for it.