I do understand where you are coming from and I would probably just have nodded my head in agreement when I was a bit younger. But the more I think about it, the more I think that we are not that different from other animals. And agree with Natty's comment that lots of our relationships with animals are symbiotic. Not unlike some relationships between animals in the wild. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. And even though some people may think that we have all the power in our relationships with our dog and therefor must feel superior, the way I see it the dog who doesn't have to do much for his food at all and never goes hungry or cold surely has the last laugh.