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Therapy dogs help reduce students' finals week stress at Ivy Tech

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

Students took advantage of a chance to ease finals week stress by petting friendly therapy dogs Monday in the library at Ivy Tech Community College, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Library Director Sharon Holtquist organized the event, saying petting the dogs not only relieves stress, it's just fun.

This is the first time the college has had therapy dogs on campus for finals week, Holtquist said. Various therapy dogs will be in the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday to greet students.

On Monday, the therapy dogs welcoming students and staff included Piper, a 9-year-old male shepherd mix owned by Ruth Davis of Fort Wayne, an assistant professor in Human Services at Ivy Tech; and Bo, a 3-year-old male boxer-Labrador mix owned by Doug and Pam Barcalow of Fort Wayne. Doug Barcalow, who was with Bo, is director of the Center for Contemporary Programs and Distributed Learning at University of Saint Francis.

Piper, Bo and their owners all have been certified for therapy dog work.