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'Love on a Leash' Pets to Visit IU McKinney to Help De-stress Students for Exams

11/15/2013

The dogs and their people from the Indianapolis Healing Paws Chapter of Love on a Leash will visit IU McKinney School of Law on December 5. The pets will be available for visits in the Ruth Lilly Law Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Light refreshments will be offered all day at the Circulation Desk.

Students can expect to visit with dogs that have passed the evaluation for temperament and obedience and met all necessary criteria for certification as a Love on a Leash therapy dogs. http://www.loveonaleashindy.org

It promises to be a safe, fun environment for students, faculty and staff of the law school to interact with dogs.

“One of the best ways to get to know dogs is to meet dogs who are active in the public, trained, well behaved, and not a threat,” said Angela Huser, a Love on a Leash volunteer who has visited IU McKinney with her dogs, Kayla (in the photo at left) and Orlando (at right). She’ll bring them again for the visit on December 5. “We have had many individuals, from young children to older adults, overcome their fear of dogs because of the feeling of ‘safeness’ when they see therapy dogs, especially in places that you do not expect to see them.”

Dogs of all sizes and breeds will be on this visit. The smallest will be a Chihuahua-mix named Lucy, while the largest will be Sydney and Yogi, both of whom are bullmastiffs.

“We provide a moment of joy and connection that only a pet can provide,” Huser said. “A therapy pet's primary function is to brighten someone’s day.”


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