Depends on the animal. I would venture to say most really only understand instinctual fear and the ability to nurture their young with "love", but domestic animals that have been specifically bred over thousands of years to have emotions and love us are an exception. Obviously, not knowing English is a problem, so it's not like they're thinking "Oh, God, I love Gerald so much, he's such a kind owner." so they're about as emotional as they can be while missing a few brain layers and not really having a language.
>have a legitimate question
>not allowed to ask it
I don't get it.
I'm not even a regular of this board. I know jack shit about animals, and I don't know why this topic is so controversial that you can't even ask about it on the goddamn animal board.
it's a common subject that often gets a lot of replies
here's some fungus
No. Humans are special because you're human.
Why do people actually ask such fucking stupid questions like there's even a remote chance that their asinine prejudice even makes sense if you analyze it for more than .5 seconds.