deciding

Keeping an animal in the house is so familiar now    that it's easy to forget how    fundamentally odd it is,    and ...


Stella the Rhodesian Ridgeback contemplates what's for lunch. Notes from the Pack.

Keeping an animal in the house is so familiar now   
that it's easy to forget how   
fundamentally odd it is,   
and what a leap it must have been   
to share living quarters with a non-human life form   
just to have its company.   

Dogs worked hard for the privilege, developing as a species   
the capacity to empathize,   
or appear to empathize, with human beings   
better than any other animal; it's this talent,   
rather than their intelligence, that accounts for their being   
the preeminent animals in our lives.   

- Susan Orlean   




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