The proposed project enables me to build on my previous care work scholarship, but to take this work in a new direction both in the field of care work (moving into scholarship on death and dying) as well as to approach care work scholarship vis a vis a new methodology of creative narrative analysis. In addition to the personal impact of intellectual and creative renewal, the proposed project holds the potential for scholarly impact as well. Creative analytic narrative is a nascent methodology in care work scholarship. In addition, while the practice of animal-assisted therapy is common in the field of care work, no creative narrative analysis exists that explores the relationship between human and non-human animals in the work of death and dying. As such, the proposed project would support new directions for me individually as well as for care work scholarship. The proposed project funds seven weeks of research and writing. I propose to devote two weeks to immersing myself more fully in the literature on creative non-fiction and narrative analytic practices, care work scholarship on death and dying, and the burgeoning literature on relationships between human and non-human animals. The remaining five weeks of the proposed project will be devoted to writing. This time will allow me to generate an estimated 80 pages of new material, as well as revise and edit approximately 70 pages of existing material, completing a solid draft of a short book length manuscript (~150 pages).