Whether you're Freshmen or Senior, college can be tough. Although there have been many advancements over the years that make learning faster and easier, it can also make school more stressful. With each generation, the bar seems to be raised and things get harder for students. The pressure can be overwhelming.
|Icy is just loving all this attention and petting!|
I'm amazed at the number of students who sign up for these events! At one event, we had 5 Therapy Dogs in a large common room. Students waited outside the room for their turn to visit with the dogs. Over a 2 day period, several hundred students came through to visit with the dogs! Students were invited into the room 25 or 30 at a time to meet the dogs. You could feel their tension as they first entered the room but within moments, as they caught sight of the dogs, they would break into smiles which ultimately turned into laughter.
As they petted, hugged, and kissed her, the students asked lots of questions about Icy; is she a Husky, how old is she, does she shed a lot, does she love the snow, and other questions. They talked about their own dogs waiting back home for them while they were away at school, and how much they missed them. They pulled out their cell phones to take selfies with her and texted photos to friends telling them they had to come down to see "this gorgeous Husky with blue eyes!".
|It's a known fact that petting a dog, cat or other animal can reduce blood pressure and relieve stress.|
|I'm not sure who enjoyed these Therapy Dog visits more, the students or Icy!|
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