I hadn't worked outside the home in over a decade, and I had an illness that made it difficult to work. Despite my trepidation, I knew it was time to brush up on my job skills. So I decided a good place to start was with my dog, Mary.
Pets provide a touch, a look or just a calming presence that is nonjudgmental, elemental and all about connection. These powers are often amplified at the bedside of a patient in his or her final days.