ST. PAUL, MN—If you were to ask the residents of Lyngblomsten Care Center to describe an angel, they may say that she has soft fur, four legs and a wagging tail.
That's because bright and early every morning, Doug Dawson, a medications assistant, arrives at the nursing home with his black teacup poodle, Nala, in tow. Doug places Nala on the elevator and they go their separate ways.
Just where is Nala going? She visits each room and climbs onto the laps of the residents who adore her. However, there’s more to Nala than her unconditional affection…she always seems to find the person who is the most sick or even dying—remaining by his or her side as a source of comfort.
"She’s an angel," says 90-year-old Ruth New as she cuddles Nala. “I love her and she loves me.” And judging by the joy she brings, we can't help but think Nala is certainly doing God’s beautiful work.
Watch the touching USA Today video below to see Nala in action.