Ichabods In Depth

Published Dec. 10, 2012

Dogs help students relax, impart important reminder for Finals Week

Collin McKinney and Carlie Klingman with Acorn

Carlie Klingman and Collin McKinney were feeling the pressure of Finals Week even before it started.

The two were some of the more than 100 students who stopped by the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Friday afternoon for what the Helping Hands Humane Society called “puppy therapy.”

As she pet Acorn, a one-year-old Basset Hound and Beagle, Klingman explained her worries.

“Am I gonna pass? How does [the final] reflect on my overall grade? Will I be able to continue in my major?” And ultimately, will she be able to go on to become an optometrist.

McKinney, who is majoring in biochemistry in preparation for pharmacy school, had many of the same concerns.

And they agreed that taking time to visit the puppies was relaxing.

“Animals can sense things,” Klingman said. “Dogs will love you no matter who you are as long as you’re nice to them.”

Plus, there’s research that shows spending time with a pet can lower blood pressure, improve after an illness or surgery, even live longer, said Jayme Walshire, volunteer coordinator and Web manager for the Helping Hands Humane Society.

Walshire said it is common for the humane society to do public events with adoptable animals but she couldn’t recall a pervious even on Washburn’s campus. Three dogs made the trip to campus on Friday.

The Dog Day of Finals was sponsored by the Washburn Student Government Association and others. Garrett Fenley, WSGA campus affairs chairman, said both the student turnout and amount of donations for the Helping Hands Humane Society surpassed expectations.  

Two more events to help you relax

  • Beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, WSGA will provide free pizza and energy drinks to those at Mabee Library.
  • Beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, WSGA will be at the Blair Room in the Living Learning Center with free Billy Vanilly cupcakes and hot chocolate.