Whether it is an animal rescue group from Charleston, South Carolina, visiting the campus of The Citadel during finals week, dogs from Companions, Inc. in Arkansas that visited the Rasmuson Library so kids can pet them after their final exams and other such schools big and small – from elementary right through college, dogs just have a positive effect on the health and well-being of people of all ages.
Dogs help bring blood pressure down, keep cancer patients from hurting, and stress levels down all together no matter the ailment. Dogs are natural-born healers. It is no wonder that they are man’s best friend!
It is wonderful though that so many colleges and universities have discovered that canines de-stress the students during mid-terms and final exams. If you relax before a big test, you are more likely to do better on the test.
The Comfort Dogs of the Lutheran Church Charities go to disaster sites (natural and human inflicted sites) to help calm matters down. Just their sheer presence seems to do the trick. Other charitable organizations like Companions, Inc., in conjunction with their K-9 Therapists, are doing similar acts on a much smaller scale. No matter who is offering this great pet service, the results tend to be the same.
Dogs are the best therapists that there are. They listen, turn their head to you showing you that they are listening and trying to understand your dilemma, and then will sometimes just lay right down next to you and let you hug them and cry.
Dogs don’t just help in easy situations like exam weeks at schools, they also help when they are needed like at Arapahoe High School where there was a school shooting just days ago. The school is located in Centennial, Colorado, only about 10 miles from Columbine High School where 14 years ago two students opened fire on students and staff alike. These situations, just like that of Sandy Hook are not easy to muster, but the dogs do their best to ease the pain that humans feel inside.
Dogs feel pain, too, though. This we must remember. Dogs suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) just like humans do. We see this in MWD (military working dogs) like the dogs that are rescued and placed in loving homes by organizations like Save-A-Vet. In this case, too, however, the dogs absorb the brunt of the issues that the soldiers that they are placed with are still suffering from. It is great when both veterans are able to help one-another through the throes of this horrendous affliction!
Whether every person in the world realizes it or not, dogs are very special beings placed on this Earth to help us humans through the rigors of life. During exam-time, holiday-time, sickness or distress, they will come to our aid and ask very little in return. We really must be grateful for these great animals!