Beta, therapy dog, and her handler, Nicole, visit the Ronald McDonald House twice a month to provide comfort, joy and support to families staying at the House.
Beta is currently certified as a therapy dog with the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) which is the oldest and largest Therapy Dog organization in the United States. In order to become certified, Beta and Nicole have undergone months of training to learn the skills and guidelines to execute proper and professional pet therapy visits. The two completed training at FM Obedience School in Moorhead, MN.
Beta was tested in December 2014 with a Certified TDI Evaluator. Beta and Nicole were both tested on the various skills they learned in training. Each dog must also pass a sound temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog.
Beta is extremely docile, gentle and intuitive. She enjoys belly rubs and the company of children. Families have told us they love having Beta at the House. For the Duvall family, Mom and Dad were taking turns being with their baby Mataya while she was in the NICU for extended periods of time. Nicole Duvall said, “Her dad was there the majority of the time for her NICU stay and was missing home very much. I remember talking to him one night and he was telling me about the therapy dog that came to the house that night. I could tell from 130 miles away that the dog had cheered him up immensely.”
We are so appreciative of Beta and Nicole for taking time to share some of their joy with the Ronald McDonald House!