A video of JJ the dog is going viral—and it’s not because she caught a frisbee 15 feet in the air. What JJ does is a bit more… heroic. As a therapy dog at a hospice in Albany, Oregon, JJ keeps her patients company, offering a loving presence along with comfort and calmness.
The video simply shows JJ lying down with a hospice patient, who keeps her hand on the pup’s head. JJ’s Facebook post explains, “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. 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.”
Though they might not speak through words, we all know dogs communicate with us through their loyalty and love. Do you have a story you can share about a time your pet offered you solace or helped you feel better? Tell us in the comments or show us a picture of your favorite pup!