As exams get underway at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, in Canada, Laurier’s Aboriginal Students’ Association encouraged students to meet on Tuesday evening to melt off their anxiety and concerns with some furry, four-legged friends.
Laurie Minor, 46, works as an administrative assistant at WLU’s Office of Aboriginal Affairs.
Her dog Sinder is a Boxer that is approximately 6 months old.
“Stress can be overwhelming, and simply having a dog around and laughing at the dog being really goofy and being able to pet it, dogs are a really good way to de-stress,” mentioned Minor.
WLU psychology major Rachael Simon, 20, brought along her four-month-old Pug, Otis, for everybody to meet.
“No matter how stressed you are at school, you come home and these dogs love you no matter what,” said Simon.
UW psychology major Heather Burke, 21, came to the meet with two-year-old Nox, a Beagle Sharpei mix.
“Having a dog has matured me very quickly,” explained Burke.
“It’s a lot of responsibility so I’ve definitely given up on the party lifestyle that’s associated with being a student.”