Twenty-eight Bright Spot Therapy Dogs greeted a record-breaking crowd of 2,000 students who came to the Student Union Ballroom to receive the best possible form of stress-relief.
Scientific research has proven that the simple act of petting a dog lowers blood pressure and makes a person feel happy and relaxed. These scientific findings were clearly evident today as I looked around the room and saw happy faces everywhere – students, staff, volunteers, and the dogs…. I felt surrounded by happiness – with laughter filling the air.
Students expressed their need to pet the dogs and feel relief from the many stresses surrounding them both on and off campus.
The steady flow of students never tapered off throughout the 2 1/2 hour event, running from 11:00-1:30. Many stayed for a while, went off to class, then returned for more therapy dog love.
A variety of breeds and mixed-breeds were represented in the group of 28 Bright Spots and students made sure they got to meet them all.
Included in the event were two Golden Retrievers and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel stationed in the library for students there studying for mid-terms.
Students were happy to hear that our Bright Spot Therapy Dogs will be back at UMass Amherst in December during final exam period.
We need this… This is the best… My favorite event of the year… I love that you come four times a year, both semesters during mid-terms and finals… I miss my own dog so much. Spending time with these dogs really helps…
Both the dogs and their owners left UMass today having felt the magic of the human-canine bond.