She had two dogs, Jack Russell terriers. One of them was hit by a car and was so badly injured that the vet had to put him down. “Now”, said the vet, “what you should do is take the body home with you and allow his companion to smell him. By that he will know that he is dead and won’t be in a wondering state. He can get on with things then.”
How did Descartes form the clear and distinct nonsense that animals were automatons? Overweening or supervening theory is a quaking bog.