Since Thursday afternoon, Rice students have had the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week at Fondren Library. The library has asked Houston pet therapy organization Faithful Paws to bring its friendly and specially-trained canines to the first floor of Fondren. The remaining dog sessions are 2 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10.
“Therapy dogs have been in use at certain university libraries for a number of years, and we felt it was time to offer this chance to our Rice students,” said Kerry Keck, assistant university librarian for research services. “We hope taking a break with a friendly dog will provide a positive outlet during the stress of finals. If our student feedback is positive, we’ll plan to bring the pups back next year.”
Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can increase feelings of bonding happiness, while lowering stress. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow. Video by Brandon Martin.)