Dog Years

What if instead of dogs living one seventh the length of our life, it was the other way around? What if seven human years equaled one dog year? Would we pass down pets from generation to generation? Would they be the companion they are now, or would our constant deaths be disturbing to them? Would they be pets at all, or would the added life experience give them dominance? Or aloofness?

Few animals live much longer than humans. Those that do only exceed us by about fifty years. Trees are an interesting exception. Even though we rarely acknowledge them as living beings, much less sentient, we marvel at their longevity without being threatened by it. Could we view dogs as we view trees? Or would we destroy them?

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