Nola the Therapy Dog

May 28, 2012  

From hospitals to libraries, Nola is making a difference


By Michele Carso

My dog’s name is Nola, and she is 9 years old. I adopted her from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society five years ago. She is a certified therapy dog. She goes to a local hospital, nursing home, library and university for a student program. She does therapy dog events for Hello Bully, the humane society, a school for the blind and has been in parades and a Kiss A Bull booth for Relay for Life.

I got Nola certified as a therapy dog because I wanted people to see what a pit bull really is and not just what you hear on the news and read in the papers. Nola is a great dog: She loves everyone and every dog she has ever met. I felt that to get her certified would show everyone that a pit bull is just like every other breed of dog. Any dog is what you help make them be.

I took Nola to the hospital one day for a therapy dog visit, and when we were walking to the nurses’ station to ask if anyone would like a therapy dog visit, the mother of the young lady came out of her room and asked me if I would take Nola in to see her daughter. She said her daughter had be in the hospital for three days and would not smile or talk and was very depressed. I ask if Nola could go up on the bed with her daughter, and she said yes. When we went into the room, Nola jumped onto the bed and into the young lady’s lap and started to kiss her. The patient laughed, smiled and started talking to Nola. I took pictures of them. Her mother said it was the best thing for her daughter that Nola was in the hospital that day, and the mother had tears in her eyes as she thanked me and gave Nola a hug. I asked for an e-mail address so I could send the pictures. I sent the pictures, and three days later I got an e-mail back. The mother said her daughter got released two days after Nola’s visit, and she tells everyone about her therapy dog visit.

Nola has touched many people. One day at the library, a family with kids came in to read for the Paws for Reading program. The mother told me that one of the boys is not the best reader and does not like to read out loud in school. But after a few weeks of reading to Nola, the boy’s mother said he was reading more at home and that his teacher said she could see a difference in him at school.

I think Nola loves the attention she gets from the kids. They love to pet and hug her and just to be around her. Nola is an attention hound! She just loves all people, and I love her for being who she is – so special.

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Comments

14 Responses to “Nola the Therapy Dog”
  1. dragondix2 says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing that wonderful story! Pit bulls are perfect for this work. It takes a special person to do what you do.

  2. JoshLiddySwayLove says:

    Nola is a hero!

  3. dragondix2 says:

    The picture at the bottom is priceless!

  4. Love the last picture 🙂

  5. Love it! Nola is a beautiful girl.

  6. BeBeNOLA says:

    Black and gold outfit, good name—is that a WHODAT dog? She’s awesome either way. <3

  7. JacquelinevanWeelden says:

    The only thing I can say is GO NOLA…….. love you xxxxx

  8. michsathe says:

    Nola rules and so does her mom, Michele! Much love to you both from California. Kara sends kisses!

  9. Judithg says:

    Love to Nola!  What a dollface!

  10. dragondix2 says:

    Like the collar in the picture of Nola with the child in the wheelchair.