The Columbia University Press blog keys into Kenneth Burke's ideology.
On January 6, 2015, the CUP blog featured With Dogs at the Edge of Life by Colin Dayan as it's featured book during the first week of the new year. The book encompasses themes of original thought and our relationships with animals and questions just how close our relationships with the said animals are connected.
In an abstract that can be found here, Dayan references Kenneth Burke's writing. Burke wrote a memoir shortly following the death of William Carlos Williams in 1963, in which he embraced the significance of empathy as "drawing together two beings in a manner of experience that heals."
A terrific read and a great recommendation.