i think you're romancing the bone a bit here. if grok's choice was to starve or eat fido, am quite sure fido went on the fire.
But some animals, like dogs, we found them more useful to live with than to eat. Don't know for sure why. Maybe they were useful as working animals, or, I tend to feel, maybe the benefit to us was just in having something to love.
plenty of asian cultures eat dog.
As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
– Ernest Hemingway