Whether your dog can philosophize is not a puzzle you need to look to the Oxford English Dictionary to resolve.
He concludes that “evolutionary ‘just so’ stories” are examples of “wishful thinking starved of molecular details.”
Corey Lee Wrenn argues that what is done to an animal should be judged in the same fashion as if the same thing were done to a human.
The wish to demote, punish, and degrade ourselves this way, a neurosis special to our modern culture, is itself, ironically, a tribute to human exceptionalism.
If what separates us from other animals were material in nature, material alone, then perhaps we could look to a material process for an explanation.