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April 23, 2014

Furry pals help GC students with dog days of finals

GOSHEN - Goshen College students took a break from preparing for final exams to hangout with some four-legged friends Monday afternoon.

The college asked faculty and staff to bring their dogs to the lawn outside the Kratz-Miller-Yoder residence hall to allow students a chance to interact with the pups and release some of the stress that goes along with final tests and projects.

Junior Landon Slabaugh said he really enjoyed a chance to get out with some dogs.

“Living on campus nobody gets a to see their pets so I was pretty excited to hangout with them, even if they are someone else’s,” he said. “It’s definitely a relaxing experience. I wouldn’t mind having them every day of the year.”

Junior Erin Kilmer agreed.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Kilmer said. “You stop thinking about working for a little bit and relax.”

Director of alumni relations Kelli King brought her dogs Isabelle and Luna for students to enjoy.

“I think it’s great for the students and great for the dogs,” she said.

According to information provided by Goshen College, providing therapy dogs is a growing trend among colleges and universities.

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