by : Shyria Ushry
Come cuddle with some pups ! In Loyola Notre Dame Library Gallery you can toss all your worries away and come cuddle with cute pups. We all know the stress of exams is weighing heavily on our minds, if you aren’t taking a yoga class at the FAC or an hour long mediation break in your room. We hope you came to see the Pets on Wheels Therapy Dogs, always visiting Loyola many times throughout the year. Our visiting pooches today was Ariel , Heidi , Lulu, Sammi, and Jesse ! This is always a great way to take your mind off exams for a moment relax with these lovable pups that have time to relax your worries. Many of fellow Loyola students as well as Notre Dame University students came to the library for warm coffee, cookies and these fluffy cuties..
Pets on Wheels have been coming to Loyola for years now they love helping university students and other people relieve stress. The simple connection to an animal can make you forget the most stressful things and open your heart to a furry friend. Ariel, the golden retriever rescue dog is age three and absolutely loves people she was such a friendly girl we all got to meet her and her other friends. Jesse, the black-tan-white collie mix is age ten and has been with Pets on Wheels for while her owner lets her take our worries away. She loves helping others, is friendly with adults and children is very docile curious about almost everything. Jesse and Heidi the fluffy toy dogs, were being held by us all they were fun loving active dogs and fun to watch. Sammi, the boxer dog, was a rescue dog that now has a home she stops by Loyola time to time to see how we are all doing during this stressful time. She was so calming, playful, bright, and full of life. We all adored these dogs for the two-hours they were there sometimes we have to relax our minds today in order to prepare for tomorrow. These helpful cuties are around to do just that, the warm coffee and refreshments were a great touch. To set a relaxing atmosphere for us to enjoy these amazing animals even for just a brief moment, many of Loyola students were tense about exams.
I had a chance to talk to Emily Shed freshman Communications major at Loyola University Maryland. She shared her thoughts about the overwhelming stress of final exams and the adorable therapy dogs ! “I am very stressed for my first finals, I don’t know what to expect I’m actually freaking out a little bit. So I just came from class, I needed a little de-stressor, I’m done classes for the semester. I pet the golden retriever (Ariel) she’s very cute made me feel loved, made me feel at home cause I missed my dogs a lot.” says Emily. After the interview she admits she “ I feel a lot better, I’d come see them again honestly.” I also spoke to sophomore Nicole an accounting major at Loyola University Maryland who share her stress about exams and how great these dogs are. “I very stressed about classes I take six classes, so I have a final in every class coming here is very calming. Its nice to just sit breathe for five minutes and you know just pet a dog it reminds me of home” says Nicole. Even I am stressed for these exams so as an animal lover I had to relax and focus for a brief moment on the beauty of these animals. We all feel stressed but it’ll all work out in the end, with the help of these Therapy Dogs we have nothing to worry about!
Hope to see the Pets on Wheels pups next semester !