Heartwarming meets surreal
Those of us at the Hospice House had been witness to the power of JJ’s connection with patients, families, staff, volunteers, and visitors since we opened almost six years ago. Simply having a dog in the building decreased the stress level for so many. When JJ wasn’t power napping or mooching, she often would check in with staff in various parts of the Hospice House. She was known for seeking out those who needed comfort for different reasons, often giving hugs to those she hadn’t connected with for days or even weeks. She clearly knew who needed some therapy, although this is always a two-way street for therapy dogs. A good therapy dog enjoys seeking people out, but they also enjoy the attention and love that comes back to them during any interaction. When I shared the video of JJ’s bed visit with the 1,385 people who followed her Facebook page, I never dreamed how this would be viewed by so many around the world.