As an Empath, I can feel an animals disposition just by looking at them; but, as an Empath, I can also induce emotional responses, by broadcasting my intentions into their psyche. [ Much like Ridic did to the dogs on that prison planet]
It is a lot easier too do this with animals, than humans, as, they do not have all the mental barriers that humans have.
I have surprised a few people by being able too pet and muse their dogs, or cats. that won't let anyone else near them.
Animals are 'pure' entities, that can see and sense things that, normal, humans can not They do not know the difference between good and evil, as, an animal can not think in the abstract. They have, what is called, a 'reactive' mentality, They have a limited memory, and only think in the 'now'.
I love all the beings on this planet, be them. human, animal or plant; because, we all depend on one another for survival.
All the animals that I have had in the past, loved me for what I could give them, and I loved them for what they gave me, [inside].
I especially love the Texas Longhorn that provides that wonderful. medium rare, Prime Rib, and a Buffalo Stake is killer.
But; I also know that Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my, would love too have 'me' for dinner.