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College sets up ‘Puppy Room’ for stressed students

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“Yup, it’s a room full of puppies.”

So says a Facebook flyer from the student union at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Stressed-out students will soon get some relief at a “Puppy Room.” Next week, as classes end and exams begin, Therapeutic Paws of Canada will bring by some dogs for petting therapy.

The college isn’t the first to use canines to help students. The University of San Francisco School of Law recently allowed students to “check out” dogs for some one-on-one time, and other schools have tried similar programs.

The reaction at Dalhousie is pure excitement. One Facebook commenter said “This is the best thing Dal has ever done.” An alumnus posted “i think it should be open to Alumni. Granted we already wrote the exams, but i could argue we are still stressed.” And the school might be drawing new interest: Another person posted “hello, i will be transfering to Dalhousie for that week.”

The school says it will do its part for humane treatment by limiting the number of dogs in the room and making sure the dogs aren’t too young. But the room will still be a haven of cuteness.

Since the event is next week, there aren’t photos yet. But here are some other puppies. Just because. It’s like the Internet version of the Puppy Room:

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Peter Hockaday

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