We have always known this but now it’s official: dogs empathize with people more then any other animal, including people:
“During one experimental condition, the people hummed in a weird way. For that one, the scientists were trying to see if unusual behaviour itself could trigger canine concern. The people also talked and pretended to cry.
The majority of the dogs comforted the person, owner or not, when that individual was pretending to cry. The dogs acted submissive as they nuzzled and licked the person, the canine version of “there there.”
Custance and Mayer say this behaviour is consistent with empathic concern and the offering of comfort.”
So dogs offer comfort to all, freely and without strings attacked. There is just so much we can learn from dogs!