Getting Friendly With Fido
Getting friendly with Fido has therapeutic benefits—this is the premise of such organizations as Pets on Wheels that offer visits from four-legged volunteers and their two-legged companions—and few people can use a little stress-reducing therapy more than law students gearing up for their yearend exams.
To encourage relaxation in the hyper-tense pre-exam environment at the UB School of Law, the University of Baltimore Law Review, together with the Student Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association and the Law Career Development Office, coordinated with Pets on Wheels Maryland to create a “Stress-Free Zone” in the lobby of the former John and Frances Angelos Law Center, May 3. With exams looming only a few days away, seven furry friends and their human companions set up shop in the lobby, allowing law students—or anyone else in need of stress relief—to pet, cuddle and otherwise benefit from the anxiety-reducing effects of happy, friendly canines.
And who doesn’t work up an appetite when playing with pooches? Lauren Sanders, J.D. ’13, who graduated in May, and the Women’s Bar Association capitalized on the stress-free activity by selling baked goods (they say that chocolate also works wonders for anxiety) to benefit Sanders’ pet-centric nonprofit organization, Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland.