How do they sense where they are needed?
This morning Tess and I went to the hospital. Very soon after arrival we were asked to visit a family that was in one of the hospice rooms. They didn't want us inside, because that might be too much, but three ladies stepped out of the room and spent time with Tess. We went on. After half an hour, I was already on the other side of the floor, one of the same ladies came to me and told me they wanted Tess to meet their father, who was in the room with their mother and didn't want to leave her.
So we went all the way back and entered the room. The father was in one of the corners, close to the bed, difficult to reach, with other family members around him. Usually Tess needs to meet everyone, but now she went straight up to the gentleman, put her head in his lap and stayed there for at least ten minutes, oblivious of all the other people who wanted her to come. Then the gentleman said: I'm ok now, and she stepped away, said goodbye to the rest and out we went.
I was amazed that she went up to him straight away. She doesn't like cramped spaces and always wants to meet everyone. But now, without any coaching, she went to the person who wanted to see her most. Amazing how they feel where they are needed...