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The Healing Power of Pets, Especially Dogs

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article on Examiner.com about some recent scientific research indicating that having a pet can keep you happier and healthier. The very next day, there was an article in the newspaper about how pets, particularly dogs, can help you cope with stress.

Colleges across the country are bringing dogs to campuses to help relieve the stress that students feel before taking their final exams. One student noted, “When I get stressed out, I just call my dog and start petting him and before you know it the anxiety just kind of leaves and I feel calmer.”

Instead of checking out a book on stress relief at the library, students at Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Library can checkout Monty, a border terrier mix, to help them better cope with the pressures of school work.

But colleges are not the only places dogs are helping people deal with stress. Realizing that airports are one of the most stressful places around, some, like the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, are making therapy animals available to both travelers and airport workers.

So, during this often stressful time of the year, even if you are not traveling or attending college, find a furry friend and pet a pet for stress relief.

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