We humans must be trained to develop relationship mastery. While we are the masters of our dogs, they are the masters of actually practicing the highest virtues we only say we hold dear. Ben Stein, in his classic deadpan humor, nails it:
"No matter what the problem in life dogs are the answer... Did you lose your job? Horrible. But that just means you have more time to spend at home with your dog... Your dog doesn't need a master with a big job. He needs a friend... Take the first step to recovery right now: Get a dog."