As an animal welfare author, and founder of an animal welfare organization people ask me many questions about animals. One is “do animals think?”.
Who among us, living with an animal, a dog, a cat, a horse, a bird, a pig or any sentient being, does not doubt for a second that these animals think. And they feel as much pain, and as much love and happiness as we do.
Not only do they think, but they they are conscious, awoken and self aware. More conscious and inner aware than many humans I have known.
Observe them: they watch, they strategize, they remember, they plan for the future, they notice every detail and can influence their world.