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(Baltimore, MD) -- A new study suggests dogs may be able to sense their owner's feelings and show empathy. In the Johns Hopkins University study, participants were separated from their dogs by a magnetic door and were instructed to either hum "twinkle twinkle little star" or to cry. Dogs whose owners were crying pushed through the magnetic doors three times quicker than other dogs. The study was titled "Timmy's in the Well: Empathy and prosocial helping in dogs," an homage to 1950s American cultural icon Lassie, who saved little Timmy who had fallen down a well. Read more!