Our four-legged volunteers are always ready to lend a paw. They are Beacon’s pet therapy dogs. Sixteen specially trained and certified pups can be found making the rounds with their handlers, comforting patients who miss their own dog and bringing smiles to associates at Memorial and Elkhart General. Meet our tail-wagging friends as we continue our special “Dog Days of Summer” series.

Dog’s Name: Faith
Age: 6 years old
Breed: Greyhound
Handler: Shelby Theodorovich
Home: Goshen

How long have you been a therapy dog? I have been a therapy dog for a couple of months now. I love my new job!

“The best part of my job is …” When I get to meet new friends. Everyone I meet is my friend.

Describe your personality: I am one of the happiest dogs you will ever meet. I like to think life is one big party!

What tricks do you know: I prefer to do tricks only when there’s food involved. That said, I can do all kind of tricks. My favorite trick is spinning. I can also speak, pray and beg.

Favorite human food: I can be picky about my human food. But I do like any kind of meat.

Favorite toy: My favorite toy is my tennis ball! I love to play fetch!

Favorite movie: My favorite movie is Marley and Me. My mom likes to say I am a Lab in a Greyhound body.

Biggest pet peeve: I hate tile floor. I just don’t understand why I can’t run on those slippery floors. It feels like I’m an ice skater.

Who’s your hero and why? My hero is my mom. She takes me for car rides. What’s better than that?

Car rides or walks? Walks? How can you pick just one????

Rawhide or pig’s ear? I will eat either one. Thank you!

“I get so excited when my owner says …” Dinner! It is my favorite time of day!

“I will never forget the time when I …” I’ll never forget when I got my therapy dog certification. I had to listen really well. It was hard, but I did it! Now I get to make all kinds of new friends. It’s amazing!

How would you describe your perfect day? My perfect day is going for a car ride and seeing my patients. There is really nothing I love more.

If you could talk, what advice would you give the patients you see? Just be happy! All you can do is be happy.