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How compassion looks like for dogs


   People might think that dogs are nice creatures, and some of them believe strongly that they really do have eternal souls, as we humans do. Others believe that they are just simple creatures, gifts of Mother Nature good for people’s fun or company, but nothing more than that, just a “doggy routine”. My daughter Nina believes strongly that her puppy called Mystery, a dark skin female Dachshund miniature, ten months old, is a very special dog since the first day she had picked her up from the puppy store and brought her home. And now, I do believe strongly so. It is not just because any time I return home she pees generously on the carpet lying on her back and when she gets her tummy tickled. I work in a hospital as a Chaplain, and I journey myself with people that are going through various situations. It is a work involving listening to other’s and yourself feelings. But I never observed such a powerful emphatic behavior as my dog displayed recently as a great example on compassion and co-suffering with others. Her empathetic behavior was easily translated in physiological and psychological changes.

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