Pets drain stress

(12-16-2014)

Jaelin Brewer and Tessa Reigle forget the strain of finals week and sit cross-legged petting Gracie, a dog

Jaelin Brewer and Tessa Reigle forget the strain of finals week and sit cross-legged petting Gracie, a four-legged, furry tension reliever, in the Adams State University Nielsen Library on December 16. Other dogs available for love and attention were Moose, Kaiser, and Dizzy.

Mary Walsh, reference librarian, organized the event with help from Dr. Linda Christian, professor of teacher education and Gracie's owner; Dr. Laura Bruneau, associate professor of counselor education and Moose's owner; and Ryan Anderson, career services coordinator and Kaiser and Dizzy's owner. "We had seventy students visit the dogs yesterday," Walsh said. "Over a two dozen students joined the dogs today."

Anderson said there is a tremendous benefit to how the animals soak up the energy and help relieve pressure. "I wish we could do this every day."