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Therapy Dogs Help Rice Students De-Stress Before Finals

Therapy Dogs Help Rice Students De-Stress Before Finals

Rice University students have been frequenting the Fondren Library to do more than study lately. To relieve stress before finals, students have had the chance to cuddle and play with dogs from the Faithful Paws organization. Faithful Paws is a group made up completely of volunteers and their personal dogs. All of the dogs have been trained and certified as therapy pets.

Judith Moore and her dog Baker have now been to Rice University four times to help students.

“The dogs are great for students because they give unconditional love, and the kids here, especially the ones who are away from home, really respond to that,” Moore said.

Dozens of students came out to see the dogs and cannot wait for them to come back in the spring.

“The dogs are trained really well, so you can just sit and hug them,” said Natalie Dickman, a bioengineering major. “Finals are tough of course, so I wanted some puppy loving before I went back to studying.”

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