I think one of the main reasons that animals are so appealing to us, is their pure integrity. They don’t speak with words, so they don’t lie.
When they interact with people, they show us exactly how they feel about us, whether its favorable, or not. There’s no subtext, no passive aggressiveness, no labeling, and no hiding behind labels.
Humans tend to think that animals are below them. But perhaps we should take a closer look, observe their pure, simple integrity of being, and get inspired.