Dogs and brains may be my two favorite topics. Check out this article in the New York Times about how MRIs of dogs’ brains are helping us learn about what it means to be a dog. The author makes an interesting interpretation of the data at the end of the article — that because dogs appear to be sentient beings that experience emotions, the law should treat them more like people than property. I often marvel that Ace is considered property from a legal standpoint, especially when I’m paying her vet bills, agonizing over the quality of her dog food, and having one of our many daily nonverbal conversations. Very interesting stuff to think about. We live in an exciting time!