"What is revealing is how dogs perform on tasks that measure social abilities we thought only human beings had. The results, whether serving to show how alike or unalike dogs are to or from us, have relevance in our relationships with our dogs. When considering what we ask of them and what we should expect from them, understanding their differences from us will serve us well. Science's effort to find distinctions illustrates more than anything else the one true distinction: our drive to affirm our superiority – – to make comparisons and judge differences.
Dogs, noble minds, do not do this. Thank goodness."