Why I so enjoy Dean Koontz, the horror/scifi writer:
In the book Curtis the Alien is discussing one of his three superpowers...the ability to mind meld with animals with a brilliant but crippled child friend, Leilani.
"Shhhhh," he repeats, and as Leilani's eyes widen, he takes her with him into the dog's dreams.
For those who despair that their lives are without meaning and without purpose, for those who dwell in a loneliness so terrible that it has withered their hearts, for those who hate because they have no recognition of the destiny they share with all humanity, for those who would squander their lives in self-pity and in self-destruction because they have lost the saving wisdom with which they were born, for all these and many more, hope waits in the dreams of a dog, where the sacred nature of life may be clearly experienced without the all but blinding filter of human need, desire, greed, envy, and endless fear. And here, in dream woods and fields, along the shores of dream seas, with a profound awareness of the playful Presence abiding in all things, Curtis is able to prove to Leilani what she has thus far only dared to hope is true: that although her mother never loved her, there is One who always has.
"We are one thought away from changing the world!"