My Mom adopted me when she was in law school, because she thought a dog would make long hours of studying more bearable. She was nervous about taking on the responsibilities of being a dog owner, but Dad encouraged her to go for it – there are so many great dogs out there who need a happy home. I like to think we have a symbiotic relationship: we take care of each other.
Turns out my Mom had the right idea. We found this article about law schools offering therapy dogs to calm stressed out students. One school in Virginia teamed up with a rescue foundation to host a “puppy party” where students cuddled with adoptable puppies. The students needed to relax before finals, and the puppies needed to be socialized. It’s a win-win!
Don’t miss this video of the adorable puppies in action. As one student says, they are “too cute for words!”
I wonder if the experience persuaded any of the students to give a puppy a forever home. It’s probably best to wait ’til finals are over so they can devote plenty of time to potty training, though. (At least, this is what my Mom tells me!)
To the moms and dads out there who rescued your pets: what compelled you to bring a furry new family member into the fold? I would love to hear your stories!