When you see your dog absolutely everywhere

  • By: Abhishek Joshi
  • Sep 24, 2016

When you see your dog absolutely everywhere

Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon or hope in the humdrum has always fascinated me. When you see your dog on clouds and closets… Pareidolia, it is.

The imagined perception of a pattern where it does not actually exist.

A solitary dragon inscribed on cedar, a giant rabbit of a cloud set to descend and devour Roopkund lake… matchstick figurines on an old wooden chest.

dog shaped cloud
But the cloud-dog wants to visit Marina Bay Sands… (Image courtesy: Gauri)

To look for things where they never are. Or love where it never is. And sometimes people too, yours truly included.

But we fall for it all the time. We wish to draw meanings where there are none. But you can always see hope in a dog’s eyes, scent friendship in her tail wags and feel love in her company.

dog image on door
Pareidolia of dog on the closet door. Image: Chad Johns

Sometimes the speckles or the shadows, draw contours on this ash grey wall. An army marching to reclaim Zion. A heartbroken Dante, trying to win Beatrice. Beer breath Bukowski laughing at the odds. Yesterday, I saw a cat with wings. Another night, I saw Mickey mouse atop a chateau. Maybe someday I’d see you too, my dear departed dog.

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