Simak repeatedly explored the possibilities inherent in the interaction of humans with intelligent aliens who were at first considered animals or too human to understand. He was a master of making the aliens, well . . . alien, yet able to communicate and give their viewpoints. This is a short, mostly forgettable story, but in typical Simak style, it's concise, the characters are sketched with remarkable efficiency, inner dialog is often unexpected, and there is a bit of a twist at the end. Simak will often clearly set a scene in amazingly few words and then dwell on internal motivation.
This is worth a read, but probably just once. Don't judge Simak by this story. He was considered a Grand Master of science fiction for good reason. Try "Way Station", "Why Call Them Back From Heaven", "City", "Time and Again", "The Goblin Reservation", "A Choice of Gods", "Project Pope", "Time is the Simplest Thing", or any of his more than forty novels or collections.