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Stressed-out Duke students ‘paws’ from studies to relax with therapy dogs

Charger, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, gets a relaxing rubdown by Duke student Brandon Garbucci at Perkins Library Tuesday in Durham. DukePAWS brought dogs belonging to the group “Canines for Therapy” to a conference room for students who needed a break from studying for final exams to relax.
Charger, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, gets a relaxing rubdown by Duke student Brandon Garbucci at Perkins Library Tuesday in Durham. DukePAWS brought dogs belonging to the group “Canines for Therapy” to a conference room for students who needed a break from studying for final exams to relax. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Kona, a Kuvasz breed, gives stressed-out Duke students a hands-on canine calming experience at Perkins Library Tuesday in Durham.

DukePAWS brought several dogs from the group Canines for Therapy to a conference room at Perkins to spend some quality time with students who needed a break from studying for final exams.

Sophomore Andrea Herman, 20, said, “It’s pretty much the best thing ever. I've been looking forward to this event for a couple of weeks. I'm so much more relaxed and happier. And I am ready to go home and see my own dog after exams.”

Not to be outdone, crosstown rival UNC-Chapel Hill also offers students the opportunity for exam-time relaxation with therapy dogs – and cats – at campus libraries.

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