Slavenka has posted a link to a most interesting article. Research scientists have trained dogs to stand motionless in a brain imaging scanner, the first time canine volunteer subjects have been used in this way. (The dogs are free to walk away from the scanner if they wish.)
And the results will be no surprise to dog owners. Dogs' brain activity shows they have many of the same reactions and emotions as we do.
The article raises the question of what this means for ethical treatment of our dogs. They are considered 'property' in most countries. (In fact I don't know any places where this is not the case.)
But if they feel and think in a similar way to a young human, don't they deserve the protection we extend to our own species?
It's a good read and I recommend it to all.