WMU-Cooley goes to the dogs

Law school finals are stressful, tough, anxiety-inducing, exhausting ...

How do you fight back?

With "Kindle," an English Labrador; "Polly" a Collie; and "Viper," a Golden Retriever.

They're fromTherapy Dogs International, an organization that brings qualified dogs and handlers to institutions where therapy dogs are requested. And name a better place than a law school during finals!

That was the idea at WMU-Cooley Law School, where the dogs visited the Lansing campus in mid-April, the start of finals week. The Lansing campus Student Bar Association scheduled the visit to give students the opportunity to manage stress during finals and learn how therapy dogs are used in helping individuals suffering from stress, or stress-related disorders. 

WMU-Cooley student Jomi Ogunfiditimi, president of the Lansing campus SBA, said he first learned about the organization when he was pursuing his undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University.

Therapy Dogs International is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing, and the registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions.

It's a lot heathlier than downing a six-pack! 

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