I think there are two things that help to reveal more about who you really are -- more than anything else.
1. How you drive your car.
2. How your dog behaves.
I can't tell you the number of people I know who are quiet, unassuming and almost shy, but turn into monsters behind the wheel of a car. I'm overstating things, but I have been surprised more than once by this car personality change. Speeding and shouting at other drivers at the two most obvious differences that leave me shaking my head.
On the other hand, most people assume that I'm an aggressive, take no prisoners driver, based on my, um, take no prisoners personality. Nope. I couldn't be more bland behind the wheel of a car. In fact, the horn on my old Audi broke and I didn't bother to get it fixed because I never had to use it. Most of the time people use the horn for punishment anyway. Beep Beep -- you're an idiot!!!
Same thing with a lawyer I knew who was a former marine commando in Vietnam. He was very intimidating both professionally and personally. I just assumed he would also be a scary dude behind the wheel of a car. Imagine my surprise when he offered me a ride one day. Instead of speeding or driving recklessly, he drove slowly and politely like a little old man. Weird.
Pets, especially dogs, are a little different. I think a dog's breed and behavior reflect an owner's management style more than anything else. If I had an interview with someone I would ask them if they had any pets. I'd also want to know what the pets were like. If this person was going to be my boss, I would think twice about someone who had pit bulls because they were tough. No thanks. But if they'd resuced a pit bull and it's behavior was sweet and gentle, I would be more impressed.
"We can't control him," is not something I would want to hear from a boss who has a dog. Not a good management style. Someone I know, who is kind and thoughtful and willing to do anything for people, surprised me as a pet owner. I thought she would have uncontrollable dogs, since she was so mild and meek. But they were very obedient, friendly, too, because she was able to exert control without breaking theirspirits.
The Vietnam vet had a huge black dog who only obeyed his master, deferring to him when he was home. But when the dog was left in charge he was very fierce while guarding the family. Pure commando -- willing to die for their friends. A little over the top for me. But not unexpected.
You might wonder why I didn't include cats in this seat of the pants revelation of true character. I can only assume you've never had one.