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Author: JJ, Tracy Calhoun Narrator: Rachel Dulude Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781541483514
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It was 2014 at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Oregon, and a 90-year-old woman in her final stage of a coma had been totally unresponsive for several days. The woman had no family or friends, and the staff expected she would pass very soon. Tracy, one of the nurses, went in to sit by her side during these final hours. While she was there, her dog, JJ, a staff “therapist” came to join her and hopped up on the bed. JJ snuggled up next to the elderly woman and nuzzled the woman’s hand with her snout. And, the woman began stroking JJ’s face. Somehow, JJ had reached her, wherever the woman was. Tracy was touched and quickly recorded it on her phone. In August 2015, that video went viral and has been seen tens of millions of times.

JJ’s Journey is a heartwarming memoir of a nurse and her dog and their combined efforts to bring peace and consolation to humans in times of crisis and grief. We learn about the work done at the hospice house, the different kinds of work a therapy dog does both inside and outside of hospitals at crisis centers, shelters for domestic violence victims, and after major disasters where they comfort first responders and victims. Rich with informative detail, we also learn the intricacies of training animals for this work, the complexities of recognizing whether the dog has the right personality and how to engage their supportive spirit.

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About the Author

Tracy Calhoun, also known as Bossypants and Crankypants, is a hospice nurse also on staff at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House, a therapy dog trainer, and a crisis response dog trainer. She lives in Albany, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Rachel Dulude is a costume technician at Trinity Rep. She earned a BA from Plymouth State University in acting. Rachel has performed in productions with the Wilbury Group and at Barker Playhouse in Providence and in the US premiere of Anne Boleyn at the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She is a member of Providence’s Improv Jones.