Touching Video of Therapy Dog Working at Hospice Facility Goes Viral

Most of the work done by JJ, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever who works as a therapy dog at a hospice facility in Oregon, is never seen by the public because of privacy concerns. But recently, her handler, registered nurse Tracy Calhoun, reposted a February 2014 video of JJ comforting a patient there, and it quickly went viral. In the video, JJ lays in the woman’s hospital bed with her while a man’s voice can be heard reading a W.B. Yeats poem. JJ has a Facebook page that’s written in her own voice. In her description, she says, “This is a lady who has very few people to visit her. She cannot see and often does not wake up, but she did like having her hand on my fur ... We fell asleep later with her hand splayed on my head, both of us snoring (but not proof of that!).” Calhoun said JJ works 12-hour shifts with her at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany, Oregon, and was certified as a therapy dog by Project Canine. “The depth of the response to the video is amazing, as well as heart-warming," said Calhoun. — Read more at Fox News

I often do bed visits, though never without The Bossy One. This is a lady who has very few people to visit her. She cannot see and often does not wake up, but she did like having her hand on my fur. She was very calm during my visit. We were listening to Yeats, by the way. I was very insistent to have her touch me, more so than usual. We fell asleep later with her hand splayed on my head, both of us snoring (but no proof of that!) I sure can be silly at times, but I also know when to be quiet and present. Her caregivers were very appreciative when they saw this video.

Posted by JJ, Hospice Therapy Dog on Sunday, February 23, 2014

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