Heartwarming video of therapy dog working with hospice patient goes viral

JJ, a hospice therapy dog, is getting high praise through social media after a video of the golden retriever conducting a bed visit with a patient went viral.

The video was posted on the four-year-old therapy animal’s Facebook page Tuesday.

“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.”

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Posted by JJ, Hospice Therapy Dog on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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“The Bossy One” is JJ’s handler, Tracy Calhoun, a registered nurse, according to King 5 News. The pair works at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Oregon. JJ is the primary working animal there. She also is a certified therapy dog through Project Canine, a dog training and certification group, and also volunteers with HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response, which offers therapy animals to people affected by crisis.

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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