Meet JJ. He’s a golden retriever belonging to Project Canine, and a HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response K9.
He’s also been a therapy dog since he was only a year old.
JJ is a therapy dog who has helped dozens of people by visiting them in hospitals or going on walks with them in order to make them feel better.
As a therapy dog, JJ can almost always tell when someone is sad or in need of therapy from her.
Recently, JJ visited an older woman in a hospital who was very close to death. So close that she could barely see or move. She was also the patient with the least amount of visitors.
The woman had been in the hospital for a very long time, and the nurses had brought JJ to help ease her pain and make her feel better.
Even though she couldn’t see very well, she could still feel. JJ was very insistent on having the woman touch him and run her hands through his fur. He knew that he would be bringing her a sense of calm and laid his body on her.
The woman fell asleep with JJ sitting on her lap, her hands still tangled in his fur. He sat there very quietly, and eventually fell asleep as well. The nurses said it was the first time they saw the woman snore from sleeping so soundly.
Later, JJ and the woman woke up, and JJ bid her farewell.
She passed away the next day.
JJ was lucky enough to be able to provide comfort and company for someone who had none before he got there. And he will continue doing it for many others as long as he can.