Though she was never formally trained as a therapy dog, Dawson met her while she was helping patients at another facility. Her former owners decided she didn't have the right temperament to continue, and they offered her to Dawson.
In his care, Nala has thrived. And she's become a popular fixture at the nursing home, often seeking out the sickest residents to offer them comfort. "She's here for a purpose, I believe," Dawson told KARE, "She's really doing God's work."