SOMERS — As the semester winds down and final exams loom, students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside are going canine to break the stress.
Specifically, they’ve been gathering at the library to scratch, pet and cuddle with Miles, a golden retriever and therapy dog.
“It is really relaxing,” said nursing student Awisi Obua, brushing Miles’ coat. “I was a little down coming in here. I have to study. The dog made me feel better about the day.”
“It gets your mind off everything,” said Andrea Eliason, a physical therapy major from River Falls. “Away from the craziness of finals.”
The visit by the “therapuppies” is a collaboration between the Parkside Disability Services and Dogs of Endearment, a local therapy dog group.
“It is another way to have our dogs connect to the community,” said Mary Domes, Miles’ owner, a Parkside graduate. “Miles loves it.”
The library has invited the dogs in twice a year …