Saffy and Mat are my guardiansâ€”they have to be in the same room with me at all times. (Koosi guards the perimeter and keeps me on my toes by biting my toes.) One early morning, about three years ago, I woke up from a deep sleep and saw a monumental figure standing at the foot of my bed. It looked like the Winged Victory of Samothrace, yes I know how weird this sounds. It was massive and brownish, and I didn’t notice if it had a head because I immediately turned away. I figured I was dreaming it, but then I noticed that Mat was crouched on my left and Saffy on my right, like library lions, and they were both staring at whatever that was at the foot of my bed. When I looked again, it was gone. So we all went back to sleep. I had been in a deep funk, but for some reason the “apparition” cheered me up. It may have been a collective dream.