Dogs help Rice students de-stress while studying for finals

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HOUSTON, TX – Noise in libraries are typically frowned upon, but rules are meant to be broken!

A big group of students and a handful of dogs gathered in Rice University’s library on Thursday night.  The organization Faithful Paws brought in the animals to help students de-stress while studying for finals.

“Personally I love it, I’m from South Dakota and I have two dogs and I haven’t seen them in four months so I obviously miss my dogs,” said Paul Greenfield.

“I’m not sure if it will make my grades better, but it makes my studying experience more enjoyable,” said Alexandra Hernandez

Faithful Paws is a pet therapy program that brings pooches to nursing homes, hospitals and apparently even stressed-out, highly caffeinated college kids.

“It’s been proven that petting a dog lowers your blood pressure, so it’s a health benefit and it just makes you feel good,” said Janice Hartrick, who brought her dog to the school.