King was in his element yesterday as he was surrounded by adoring PA and OT graduate students who clearly enjoyed his special brand of stress-relief.
Several times, I heard students say they could feel themselves becoming relaxed and calmer as they sat on the floor petting King.
This was the first time a therapy dog came to the graduate school campus located in East Longmeadow, several miles away from the main undergraduate campus in Longmeadow.
King was the center of attention, holding a one-man (dog) show as the only therapy dog on the premises. And, this boy loves the limelight.
He was enjoying himself so much, and the students were so happy he was there, that we extended our 90-minute event to 2 hours. Students kept coming. Some left and came back, taking another study break. The point person at the school was thrilled, saying she had received multiple texts from students saying how much they enjoyed having King on campus.
On Monday, May 8th, we’ll be holding a Bright Spot Therapy Dog Stress-Relief Event on the main undergraduate campus with 12 therapy dog teams in attendance.
Three teams will be heading to the graduate campus that day where students will be in the final days of exams. Evidently, their coming has been well-advertised. All the students said they knew to expect them and can’t wait.