It has been my privilege to share the past 7 years and 3 months with an amazing Golden. From the day she came into the world, to the day she left us, what a journey it has been. She has been my work partner for the past 5-1/2 years, working her magic as a therapy dog on patients, families, staff, and visitors at our Hospice House. She also helped comfort those individuals who were affected by crises and disasters as a volunteer for HOPE Animal Assisted Canine Response. In between her work roles, she was a pro at barn hunting, being a Super Nanny for so many puppies, swimming every chance she got, and perfecting the Super Mooch routine. She also became a virtual therapy dog for people all around the world, comforting and bringing smiles, even when we dealt with difficult issues. End of life discussions are hard, but having a hospice dog help lead the way has opened eyes and hearts to something none of us get out of. She has showed us all how to Barke Diem, a dog's way of seizing the day. She was diagnosed with lymphoma in December of 2016, and with treatment, had a year of extra time to continue living life her way. While so many are heartbroken, including us, her legacy lives on. It was a privilege to be her partner, driver, and scribe.
There are several of JJ's "Littles" who are participating in this study. We thank them and their owners, as it is no small task on their part. For those who wish to make a contribution in JJ's name, we thank you.
The Morris Animal Foundation is a non-profit organization that invests in science that makes the world a brighter place for animals and those who love them. This first of a kind study is designed to find some answers in improving the health and lives of our canine companions.