I found it quite a change reading Clifford Simak after reading a number Phillip K. Dicks novels and short stories. Simak tends to make his mankind a bit kindler and gentler while still headed for self destruction then PKD does. Some of his characters are more self aware of the impact they have on the earth as well as their fellow creatures. It was refreshing. I was also pleased with who's perspective this book was written from. Even though all mankind is not as bad as the rest they still have a long way to go when it comes to perfection. It is through one man's visions and endeavours that “Dogkind” eventually inherits the earth. This tells their story through the use of oral history and legend.Intertwined with the Websters (humans) are the robots. There is one very telling moment in the volume when a human reappears after they were all considered dead and gone and possibly just a myth to the dogs . The reaction of both the robot and dog is the yearning to please and be subservient to their “God”.By removing himself with the help of the robots, mankind hopes to leave a society without killing but does it work? Should it? This series of stories wrestle with that throughout much as mankind does now in the real world.