May’s comment: What an informative book! The premise of it is – what might it be like to be a dog? Some intriguing topics for dog lovers:
– “what’s it like to be able to smell not just every bit of food in the house, but also smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time?” (as I have witnessed in Darcy)
– “why must a cyclist be chased, and what’s it like to use your mouth as a hand?” (I keep thinking that one day I am going to find Darcy using her paws to do something and I wouldn’t be in the least surprised!)
– “in short, what is it like to experience life from two feet off the ground, gazing at humans’ ankles and knees?”
– “what is a dog’s sense of time”
And basic questions – “does she miss me?” or “does she know she’s been bad?” YES!!!! is my answer.
Altogether delightful and thought provoking. It made me so much more aware of Darcy’s “adventures” from a daily perspective.
Alexandra Horowitz is a cognitive scientist