I was on my way to work this morning when I had some fond memories of some pets of my past, and remembering them getting frail and oulder and sicker before we had to put them down. And I sometimes still think about those last moments where they don't really seem to suspect that tomorrow won't be about waking up from their sleep and seeing their family and getting treats.
And then it crossed my mind that if we ever get to the point where we can halt and even reverse aging in us, some people would do it for their pets. Not nessecarily with the intent of making them immortal but just so they don't get older and that will amount to the same thing without intent.
But then iy occurs to me, a four hundred year old dog? By that point it may well be fluent in the language, if it could talk, and be able to guide you to people just by you asking.
It's a slightly disturbing idea that just be centuries of accumulated knowledge and experience pet rats could be on par with modern chimps or maybe an elderly slightly senile human.
what do you think?