Do you ever feel like your brain is going to explode with the stress of studying for a big exam? Do you just need a hug to let go some of the tensions you carry? Well, the Shatford Library may not have hugs, but they do have wagging tails and furry friends to help melt away your big test worries.
The week before finals, PCC Students can let go and pet their way to a more calm, relaxing and not so tense week of exams. From noon to 1 p.m. in the Rotunda room located on the 3rd floor in the Shatford Library, therapy animals will be available to help students de-stress.
For over 15 years, Diana Ashkenasy, Instructional Media Coordinator at the Shatford Library, has devoted herself to promoting pet therapy.
Ashkenasy has had her therapy pet Milo along her side since he was just six months old. Milo, a rescue American Kennel Club Bichon Frise, is a happy-go-lucky dog. His tail constantly wagging, he is a companion for life, said Ashkenasy. Ready for success with his vest on, Milo loves doing his job.
“To give students an alternate outlet relief of stress is what we are trying to bring,” Ashkenasy said.
All the therapy dogs, along with Milo, have been through what the Humane Society offers as a part of its obedience programmed classes. About $100 pays for six hour-long sessions with about 10 to 15 other dogs in the class. These classes range from “Kindergarten” to courses in good citizenship.
Walter Butler, a librarian and instructor, organizes these events known as De-stress for Success. Many more students are having issues reliving stress and remaining positive, he said.
Student Alex Mejia has used the program and recommends it.
“I think that De-stress for Success is an awesome way for students to unwind,” he said. “Sometimes all we need is a wagging tail and wet nose to make our hearts and mind a little less heavy.”