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Goodbye stress; hello dogs!

Who can resist a cute dog? Well, apparently not many students — judging from the crowd that greeted Bandit, Boudie and Midnight on the first day of De-stress Fest at St. Catherine University.

The therapy dogs were part of the three-day event (December 16–18) co-sponsored by the library and The Pulse to help students ease the pressure of finals week. Activities included free yoga and chair massages, button making and ornament decorating, as well as free coffee and snacks.

“I’m a huge animal lover, and I remember the stress that comes with finals week,” says Librarian Amy Mars MLIS ’12, who organized the event and collaborated with North Star Therapy Animals to bring in the dogs. “I also know from research I've read that therapy animals have been proven to lower blood pressure, release serotonin and dopamine, and have other health benefits."

The therapy dogs were also popular with students who missed their family pets. One overheard statement: “He looks just like my dog at home!”

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Dec. 18, 2013 by Pauline Oo

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