strained and anxious lives dogs must lead.
So emotionally involved in the world of humans, whose affections
they strive endlessly to secure, whose authority they are expected
unquestioningly to obey, and whose mind they can never do more than
imperfectly reach and comprehend.
Stupidly loved, stupidly hated, acquired without thought,reared
and ruled without understanding, passed on or put to sleep without
care, did they,
I wondered, these descendants of the creatures
who, thousands of years ago in the primeval forests, laid siege
to the heart of man, took him under their protection, tried to tame
him, and failed
– did they suffer from headaches?
J R Ackerley