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Empathy.  You got some?  We all do.  Some are practiced at it and others might not know what to call it when it comes out, but it does and it's then that they see a little more in themselves.  Empathy is defined as being able to share and understand the feelings of others.  Jodi show you this week that empathy isn't exclusive to us human types.

 

 

There are social cues and body language people and pets can pick up on. Dogs like other animals can pick up on social cues and sounds.  They recognize the sounds of a puppy crying out, and as any dog owner will tell you, they know when you are having a bad day.  Dogs too seem to have an idea between themselves as to when another animal need an assist.  Jane Goodall proved it, and Jodi shares a great example locally of a dog who's vision was in decline, but had a "sister dog" who'd make sure that walls were missed and steps were more easily navigated, even as the sight diminished. 

This spills over into lessons for all of us.  What can we do to be a little more empathetic?  It's not always the biggest of gestures that are needed to make a difference you know.  If we scale it back to the example shown in Jodi's video this week, empathy doesn't have to be much more than helping someone down that last step, or maybe opening a door for someone and wishing them a good day.  It's really all it takes to set a tone and spin an entire day around.  

Our thanks to Clock's Timeless Pets and Must Love Dogs Pet Boutique in Grand Haven for their support of Dog Blessed on the Muskegon Channel. 

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