There's perhaps no greater comfort than the unwavering affection of a creature whose very instinct is to love. And for JJ the dog, love is part of her life's work.
The sweet pup is a certified therapy dog with Project Canine, a group committed to connecting canines with people who stand to benefit from their soothing presence the most. JJ's specialty involves working with patients in hospice care, helping to guide people through the emotionally trying final stages of life.
"There's something about just having a dog in the room that tends to bring the stress level down," JJ's handler, hospice nurse Tracy Calhoun, told The Dodo.
A video posted to JJ's official Facebook page shows just how tenderly he offers comfort, seen here by simply assuring an ailing blind patient that she is not alone, joining her in bed as she listened to a recording of her favorite poem: