I knew this kid in grade school who did not attend public school with us. His parents had him tested at a young age and found he was a prodigy. Unlike my poor, single parent mother they had the financial resources to homeschool him. We struck up a conversation while buying comic books on Saturday at 7-11 and quickly became good friends. I used to rush over to his house just to use his pinball machine and read his huge comic collection. He had electronic games like Simon and Football with a bunch of accelerated learning toys. We had excellent conversations about everything.
One afternoon his dog walked in and he began speaking for it. It was so perfectly synchronized to the dog's actions it really seemed like the dog was speaking. I was astonished. I thought only I did this with pets and sometimes even inanimate objects. Cats were opaque to me, I could not guess what they were thinking the way I could with dogs. It is like I could not sync that telepathic protocol with cats. This kid was practically making the dog's lips move. It is like this kid remoted into his dog's brain and was seeing through it's eyes. This is how I felt when I did it. It is a solitary hunting skill you would expect of a race of men who often hunt alone for their families. Up until that moment, I had never encountered another child or adult who could do it. I have never encountered anyone since then who could do it the way I do. My children often try and I think they get it sometimes but they have seen me do it their whole lives.
These are Neanderthal genes. It could not be more obvious. Animal ventriloquism is a unique phenomenon seen in prodigy children. Sometimes they grow out of it, others like me never do.
I really liked that kid. He was one of my best friends. His parents divorced and he moved away. Not long after that I seemed to lose the knack of making "friends" and never got it back.
In terms of evolutionary fitness, forming these kinds of bonds with one's dogs could be a critical survival skill during the last Grand Minimum Ice Age. Your dogs would see through your eyes and they see through yours. When you are vigilant, your dogs are vigilant and the reverse is true. Your dogs sense what you want them to do and they sense what you are going to do.