Several years ago, I walked into a room at the Tippet Home in Needham, MA to visit a member of the church I was serving. She was there for hospice care. As soon as I entered the room, she gave me a distressed look and asked, “Where’s your dog?” She had met me and my senior lab, Copper, earlier during her illness. I told her, “I didn’t even think to bring him.” I checked with the Tippett Home and asked if I could bring Copper for the next visit and they said, “Of course!” I brought Copper and as soon as she saw Copper, there was a look of peace, contentment, and even joy on the dying woman’s face. She was ready to talk.