Therapy dogs used to rescue stress with midterms on mind

Caelia, a German Shepard, shakes hands with Aurea Wheatly, CSUN MBA marketing student at the Oasis center. Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

Caelia, a German Shepard, shakes hands with Aurea Wheatly, CSUN MBA marketing student at the Oasis center. Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

Nicollette Ashtiani

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Wagging tails and dozens of nuzzles overwhelmed the Oasis Wellness Center today when dogs visited students to offer a break from their “ruff” studies and “lab reports” for the midterms this week.

Students crowded around the various types of therapy dogs, a golden tetriever, yellow labrador, schnoodle [Schnauzer and Poodle mix], cocker spaniels and German shepards, as they were brought into the Oasis courtyard.

The therapy dogs are a part of the nonprofit organization Love on a Leash, a program that works towards increasing public awareness of the benefits of pet provided therapy.

Kathy Spilos, a writer consultant, brought her 3-year-old German shepard Caelia.

“If you don’t pet them, you are not going to get an A on your midterms,” Spilos said.

The pets visit assisted living homes, hospitals, schools, libraries, day-care centers, and most recently colleges during midterms and finals to provide stress relief.

Gil Anema, the owner of the two, cocker spaniels’ said these dogs visited University of California, Santa Barbara last week and California State University Channel Islands in the past.

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  • Therapy dogs from Love On a Leash, a non-profit that provides volunteer pet therapy, visited The Oasis Wellness Center, March 15 2016. The dogs help students alleviate the stress of midterms.

  • CSUN students went to the Oasis center March 15 to pet dogs like Hank, a 10-year-old golden retriever, cancer survivor and therapy dog. Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

  • Graduate student Alyssa William visited The Oasis Wellness Center to see the therapy dogs, March 15.

  • Senior psychology major Nika Lao pets a therapy dog at The Oasis Wellness Center, Tuesday afternoon.

  • Christina Lee, freshman journalism major, visited The Oasis Wellness Center Tuesday afternoon to pet the therapy dogs. (Magaly Barajas/The Sundial)

  • Karen Sabourin, a Tseng College Marketing staff member petting Zoe, a Schnoodle at The Oasis on Puppy Day on Tuesday afternoon. (Magaly Barajas / The Sundial)

  • CSUN students gather around Hank, a 10-year-old golden retriever, brought to campus by owner Beverly Radloff in order to relax students for their upcoming midterms. Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

  • Roxanna Diaz, CSUN Junior psychology major, pets Hank, a golden retriever therapy dog brought to camps to relax students for midterms. Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

  • Olive, a one year old yellow lab, roll over to have her belly ruined by CSUN students at the Oasis center. Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

  • CSUN students gather around Hank, a 10 year-old golden retriever, brought to campus by owner Beverly Radloff in order to relax students for their upcoming midterms. Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

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