But we do have good reason to feel we owe something to the dogs, that when we abuse them, we really do let them down. There's a theory that their domestication was a key development in our being able to out-compete Neanderthal man.
Having dogs in camp and out hunting with us, meant we could effectively outsource our keen sense of smell to our canine co-conspirators. This allowed our whole nose-throat condominium to make itself available for language. Jabbering away, our dogs sniffing lustily at our sides, we left those Neanderthals for dead. So, apologies Laika.