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How a Lap Dog Is Helping Nursing Home Residents

Meet Nala, the teacup poodle lifting spirits in a Minnesota facility


At a nursing home in St. Paul, Minn., a teacup poodle is lifting residents’ spirits by visiting those who most seem to need comfort and support. The dog, Nala, is not a trained therapy dog, but belongs to a staff member.

Local TV station KARE-11 ran this quick segment on the touching story. As the greenhouse movement pushes traditional nursing homes to be more homelike, one that welcomes a pet and shows the healing that can happen through the animal-human bond is something to laud.

It’s just a few minutes long and worth it to see this dog in action:

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