POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 9:00am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A former greyhound race dog has found a new career as a therapy dog after he was diagnosed with lupus.
Audi now performs tricks in front of audiences at libraries, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers around Dallas and Fort Worth areas.
Irving resident Cheryl Woolnough adopted the greyhound five years ago, when he was 3 years old.
Woolnough trained with him for a year, and they were certified through Therapy Dog International.
Summer is the busiest time of the year for Audi.
He visits three to four places a week, providing a number of services from therapy to simply interacting with children.
Woolnough said she uses Audi's popularity to send a positive message to his fans.
"I want them to learn about being gentle, about being kind, but I also want them to love coming to the library. I want them to love reading and stories," said Woolnough.
Audi is a dog with many skills that also include painting and playing the piano.
Woolnough said she ultimately hopes more people will learn to find comfort in the presence of man's best friend.