"Animals hold us to what is present; to who we are at the time, not who we've been or how our bank accounts describe us.
What's obvious to an animal is not the embellishment that fattens our emotional resumes but what's bedrock and current in us: aggression, fear, insecurity, happiness, or equanimity.
Because they have the ability to read our involuntary ticks and scents, we're transparent to them and thus exposed-
We're finally ourselves."
-Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces