Empathy in dogs
It's hard to hide your true feelings from a dog. At some time or another, your dog has probably read your emotional state and then responded with comfort, concern, sympathy or other response. This is called empathy in dogs… the ability to understand and share the emotions of others.
As validated by the healers in Sedona, Ricochet is an empath. It’s her empathy that helps her identify, respond and communicate the feelings of veterans who have PTSD. She can feel their pain. She feels their physical discomfort, emotional discomfort, fears and imbalance. Her senses are hyper-activated and it's multi-dimensional.
Other dogs have this ability too. Typically with their families or others they are close to. Ricochet is empathic to complete strangers. Her ability is amplified because it has been nurtured and allowed to develop. The more she does it, the more powerful it gets.
In this video, Ricochet was trying to get the service member to sit on the bench.
She was having an anxiety attack (note her legs shaking) because right before the video camera was turned on, a homeless man was yelling at us.
You can see how once the service member sat down, Ricochet got closer to her. She was still aware of everything going on around her, but her priority was being a comfort to the service member.
You'll also notice Ricochet looking back at me, as if to make sure I was aware of the increase in anxiety. We turned the camera off so Ricochet could take the service member to a more private, quiet area.
There was one young service member with PTSD that brought us to another level of Ricochet’s healing abilities. She also brought me to a higher level of skill in interpreting Ricochet’s behavior when she alerts to triggers, anxiety, fears and so much more.
They have the deepest connection of anyone that has crossed our path. It’s like they are soul sisters. The service member describes it as Ricochet sharing her pain which helps her to let go in a way.
I know Ricochet is an empath and feels what others feel, but she doesn’t keep it. She takes it on, but then let’s it go, freeing the person more each time.
It's amazing to witness to this soul-to-soul healing! Please leave a comment below about your dog's empathy.