The Power of Empathy and a Little Ingenuity

Photo by Angela Kirk

Did you know that there is a helicopter named Ingenuity flying around on Mars right now? And did you also know that a piece of the Wright Brothers 1903 Wright Flyer I is on that helicopter to honor them ?  All of this boggles my mind. It makes me realize that I need to up my game if this dog wants to accomplish anything major in life and go down in history like Lassie or Scooby-Doo. I realize there no time like the present so I got to work coming up with a plan.

I fussed about this all through the day and then while lying on the back porch with Doc last evening, I was talking out loud to myself. I kept racking my brain trying to figure out what wonderful invention I could come up with that could change the world or at least Ohio.  My head started hurting from thinking so hard. Doc listened to me quietly mumble and then she suddenly interjected. ” Grover, what are you fussing about?” ” I have been inspired by how Orville and Wilbur Wright figured out how to fly a plane and because of that we are now flying helicopters on Mars. I want to do something fabulous like that!” I pouted. ” Oh for heavens sake Grover, you already are doing something fabulous. ” she said sweetly. ‘ I am?” I asked with surprise.”

Doc then went on to tell me that being a therapy dog, helping to comfort people when they are feeling sick, cheering them up when they are having a bad day or laying quietly with my head in the lap of  someone that is crying is just as important as going to Mars. ‘It is?” I responded. Doc went on to explain that when I help someone to heal from their pain that it not only helps them, but has a ripple affect on everyone that person comes in contact with. The kindness and unconditional  love that you give is your very special gift to the world. It takes both empathy and ingenuity to be aware of how others are feelings and then come up with just the right way to help them.” she said with a smile.

As I lay there quietly taking in everything that Doc had said to me I realized what she was saying was true. We all have our special gifts and we don’t need to fly to Mars to make an impact on the world.



  • Rebecca Harris
    April 7, 2021

    I woke up not feeling so good almost about everything, then read your post, pulled myself out of bed and actually got good news. So absolutely a therapy dog is a wonderful thing to do and make this world,especially those of us in Ohio lucky to have you.

    • Grover
      April 7, 2021

      Thank you for your kind words, I am glad that I could help.
      Best wishes,

  • connie siegle
    April 16, 2021

    Grover, hello my doggie friend I hope you and the Doctor are doing well. As usual this was another fantastic message and I thank you for the encouragement. Like a healing touch your words seem to touch my heart and soul,,,, That is defiantly one of your many gifts. Stay safe and I hope to see you both in the near future. connie

    • Grover
      April 16, 2021

      Thank you Connie