Dog Day Finals

RENO, NV - Chances are if you've ever had to study for hours at a time...you'd feel like howling at the top of your lungs.

That could definitely be a stress reliever.

But so could petting a howling dog.

Medical studies show animals can have an affect on lowering blood pressure and relieving stress.

That's the idea behind therapy dogs visits on the UNR'campus right in the middle of finals.

“It’s been really stressful non stop. It’s my first semester in nursing school so it’s been constant test, test, test,” says Kelsey Wickham, a UNR Junior.

“It’s helped a lot. We spend some time with a specific dog so it helped a lot. We were ready to go back in right after,” says Makenzie Farrmond, another UNR Junior.

The dogs and their owners are with Paws 4 Love a local non-profit therapy organization.

The organization has been here before during finals and as the word spreads, more students come out and seek big and small dogs alike.

“One girl came and told us, I've been studying for three hours in anatomy and she goes, my head is about to explode. But she says this is the best thing that's happened,” says Sam Macaluso who owns a pet therapy dog named Guido.

Besides coming here once a year a Pomeranian named Tommy does overtime in pet therapy.

You can also find him at the library and at Northern Nevada Medical Center.

That’s the case with many of these dogs who live the Paws 4 Love Credo

The group encourages literacy and well being throughout the community with the help of pet therapy.


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