Alan Dean Foster is always a delight to read. Where does he get his ideas! The "humanised" dog really sorts out its human companion - don't they always. Funny but very thought provoking. What would you do carted off from your known surroundings, presented with incredible alien life forms and then given a talking pragmatic dog? Survive, of course, and make some interetsing discoveries about yourself and strange life forms which aren't so different from you after all!