I highly doubt that Bentley, although he is not the brightest example of dog IQ, thinks that Minuit is a dog. Yet he accepts him as a member of the family pack.
North the second in the pack, after yours truly, who is the alpha female, also accepts the cat as a member of the pack but it is a much more grudging acceptance. He doesn't want any physical contact with the cat. Acceptance of differences has its degrees within the pack.
In Canada, as a "cultural mosaic", it has long been about tolerance. I personally never understood why anyone would settle for tolerance. Tolerance to me has the sense of "putting up with although never really liking", which is no compliment. As a female I abhor tolerance of my abilities. I am as fully human as any male member of the species and should have the same opportunities at self-actualization. I have never wanted or needed women's liberation. I am free already to choose my path. What I prefer to have is acceptance yet I will choose my path with or without others' acceptance. Tolerance is a habit of the mind, a social directive. Acceptance comes from the heart and is difficult to counterfeit. So if we can't give acceptance to one another, tolerance is a poor substitute. We would be wise to dispense with it.