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Careening Toward Finals, Students ‘Paws’ for Friendly Intervention

Kenzie, a golden retriever, mutely delivers multiple doses of affection.
Kenzie, a golden retriever, mutely delivers multiple doses of affection.
An eager friend stands ready to please.
An eager friend stands ready to please.
Event's popularity obvious from above
Event’s popularity obvious from above
Big relief, no matter the size
Big relief, no matter the size
Koda, a Leonberger with a heart to match his stature, proves to be a cherished guest.
Koda, a Leonberger with a heart to match his stature, proves to be a cherished guest.

Pre-finals comfort – canine-style – was delivered to Madigan Library on Thursday, as four-legged, tail-wagging visitors spent an hour easing test anxiety for Penn College students. Certified therapy dogs, whose job description includes absorbing jitters through selfless hugs, lowered the collective blood pressure of a steady crowd near the main circulation desk. The event was arranged by library support services assistant Blair E. Mattocks (who, as owner of a retired racing greyhound, knows firsthand the health benefits of pooch-petting).
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer