Dog Therapy that is.
That’s why the Belk Library and Information Commons, brought in Brianna and Knox, so students could relieve a little stress. Knox is a Canine Good Citizen, and registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. In other words, Knox knows how to be a good listener, and is great for hugging. (Even library benefactor and Appalachian alumnus Bill Rhinehart couldn’t resist the furry fellow, and joined in the fun.)
“The idea of pets as stress relievers has taken off across campuses nationwide, especially during the end of semester exam time,” said User Services Librarian Geri Purpur, who worked to get Knox some people time. “Dogs can provide comfort in a way people cannot, and can be a positive reminder of home during the chaos of these final weeks.”
Knox’s handler Brianne Harris, Appalachian 2012 Psychology alumna says the Great Pyrenees has already begun visits to Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, as well as Life Care Center of Banner Elk.
The squeezes, rubs, hugs, and scratches were free!