Dogs Offer Break for Stressed-Out Students

Specially trained therapists help students take a break from their studies

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    Mario Lopez
    Students stopped and visited with the animals before finals Tuesday.

    Students who have spent hours preparing for their final exams crowded around two dozen dogs along Library Walk at the University of California San Diego Tuesday.

    University administrators brought in the certified therapy dogs to help ease the stress of finals week.

    Some of the stars of the event, Maggie, Maddox and Sydney, received pets and hugs and gave kisses in return.

    Therapy Fluffies at UCSD: Raw Video

    [DGO] Therapy Fluffies at UCSD: Raw Video
    Close to two dozen animals set up shop along Library Walk, offering a break for students during the make-or-break finals week.

    "It keeps my mind basically going without going insane," said one student laughing.

    Another could be overheard saying "This is my favorite part of finals week."

    Although the certified therapy dogs were there to improve the moods of pupils, you'd be hard pressed to figure out who benefitted most from the interaction. 

    The annual event called "Therapy Fluffies" is proven to be very popular with students. It debuted in 2009 and is arranged by the campus to remind students of the dangers of “stressing out.”

    The simple act of petting a dog gives students a way to get through what can be a difficult time organizers said.

    The program that was launched at UCSD has been adopted at other campuses within the UC system because of its success.

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