Skylar Diamond – 1851 Staff
Therapy dogs comforted community members’ angst in de Witt Hall Nov. 14. Peer Health Education hosted therapy dogs from the organization Dogs Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support (B.O.N.E.S.).
“We know right now is a time where a lot of stressors come up for students in the semester with exams, holidays, and family things. We wanted to have a break for students, so we have therapy dogs, mandala coloring and a gratitude banner for students to reflect on things they are grateful for,” said counselor and Advisor for Peer Health Education, Alison Whitcomb.
As people entered the event, they were greeted with upbeat music, smiling faces of the Peer Health Educators (PHEs), and a wavier they needed to sign before being able to play with the therapy puppies. The five dogs–Sophie, Nora, Thunder, Lighting and Luna–took turns capturing the attention of students and faculty.
“Having an animal to pet or feel will make people happier and it makes it so you’re not focused on your problem that you might being think- ing of. Instead you’re focused on the moment and the happy feeling,” said sophomore PHE Audrey Lloyd.
Students could also partake in coloring dog-shaped mandalas and a leaving messages on a gratitude banner. The banner allowed students to express what they were grateful for or provide other words of encouragement.
Health Education and PHEs will be holding a similar event with therapy dogs at the Stress Free Fair Dec. 10, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Arnow Campus Center.