VIU students discover adorable dogs are the perfect way to destress from exams

By Spencer Sterritt
April 12, 2018 - 6:17pm

Therapy dog Tigger, on his first day at VIU's library helping students unwind and clear their minds. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Tigger is one of two therapy dogs brought to VIU's library.Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Some students played with Tigger for the entire hour. Others came over for a quick pet and went on their way. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — University libraries during exam season are stressful places, filled with students pulling their hair out and second-guessing their life choices. 

But this week there's been an adorable repreive. 

Two therapy dogs were brought in by librarian Laura Halliday, who's seen for 20 years the toll exams take on students.

"I thought this is something I could do to help them relax and think more clearly," she said while students petted and played with her dog Tigger. "It was a natural fit to bring them in to where I work and share them."

Some students stayed the entire time with the dogs. Others popped in for a quick pet and left with big smiles. 

"They rave about it, they take pictures, they get their friends to come, all they want is more of it. They'd love to have me here every day. I've seen them plan to come because the dog is here and visit after or before an exam."

Halliday will return on April 16, 19, 23 and 25.


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