Puppy love as guide dogs visit stressed out university students

Puppy love as guide dogs visit stressed out university students

Elizabeth Furber, left, with Gem, and Lauren Finney and Helen Willway

Christine Saunders with Dora

Katherine Elvin with Tia and Sarah Reeves with Dora

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STRESSED out students got to try out the University of York's latest idea to relieve exam stress - a "puppy lounge".

The university's Halifax College hosted an event for students to pet puppies to help ease the burden of coursework and revision, in association with the Guide Dogs charity.

Co-sponsored by York Nightline, the event is designed to give students a break from their final studies and to raise money for Guide Dogs, providing the opportunity to learn more about the charity and how to get involved.

A one-off event for this term, it is hoped that similar sessions may be scheduled for the next academic year.

Peter Osborne, Guide Dogs Mobility Team Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that York University students have agreed to carry out some fund-raising for us.

"Guide Dogs receive no government funding, so we are reliant on people giving their time to raise the money needed to provide our life changing services.

“We believe that a dog can make a remarkable difference in any person’s life through companionship and the human/animal bond. I hope that the students will find their time with our extraordinary dogs a comfort during this stressful time of year.”

Danielle Maxwell, a graduate student at York’s Centre for Women’s Studies, Halifax College tutor and organiser of the event said: “This period of the year is one of the most difficult times for students, even for those who have already finished their exams. We wanted to create an event that provided a break.

“After seeing the success of Guide Dogs at Nottingham Trent University for both the students and the charity, we decided to explore the options of bringing therapy or guide dogs to York. The charity was very approachable and supportive through the planning process, and students have shown immediate interest.”

Oleg Lisagor, Halifax College Provost, said: “Halifax College saw this opportunity as a chance to provide students with a revision break as well as generate interest in the third sector.

"Students will have the opportunity to interact with both the dogs and puppies available and the resources and opportunities of the charity.”

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9:59am Fri 13 Jun 14

SpinningJenny says...

I never realised guide dogs didn't get any government funding. That's pretty awful.
I never realised guide dogs didn't get any government funding. That's pretty awful. SpinningJenny
  • Score: 7

10:05am Fri 13 Jun 14

YorkPatrol says...

SpinningJenny wrote:
I never realised guide dogs didn't get any government funding. That's pretty awful.
I hope you are going to donate then..
[quote][p][bold]SpinningJenny[/bold] wrote: I never realised guide dogs didn't get any government funding. That's pretty awful.[/p][/quote]I hope you are going to donate then.. YorkPatrol
  • Score: -43

12:00pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Tom6187 says...

Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day.
Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day. Tom6187
  • Score: -68

12:45pm Fri 13 Jun 14

SpinningJenny says...

Tom6187 wrote:
Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day.
When was the last time you were a student? Mental health problems have some of their highest levels among university students, not to mention the now crippling debt they face for a degree that is hardly worth the value.
[quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day.[/p][/quote]When was the last time you were a student? Mental health problems have some of their highest levels among university students, not to mention the now crippling debt they face for a degree that is hardly worth the value. SpinningJenny
  • Score: 1

1:33pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Alf Garnett says...

Whatever relief from stress may be required, I would have thought that a young puppy was about the last thing to provide it. Having brought up several puppies I'd say that the real relief comes after months of training when you end up with a wonderful companion. Then you forget the chasing and chewing !
Whatever relief from stress may be required, I would have thought that a young puppy was about the last thing to provide it. Having brought up several puppies I'd say that the real relief comes after months of training when you end up with a wonderful companion. Then you forget the chasing and chewing ! Alf Garnett
  • Score: 53

1:53pm Fri 13 Jun 14

YorkPatrol says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Whatever relief from stress may be required, I would have thought that a young puppy was about the last thing to provide it. Having brought up several puppies I'd say that the real relief comes after months of training when you end up with a wonderful companion. Then you forget the chasing and chewing !
Did you actually read the article?

Your experiences are so not relevant
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: Whatever relief from stress may be required, I would have thought that a young puppy was about the last thing to provide it. Having brought up several puppies I'd say that the real relief comes after months of training when you end up with a wonderful companion. Then you forget the chasing and chewing ![/p][/quote]Did you actually read the article? Your experiences are so not relevant YorkPatrol
  • Score: -63

2:46pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Tom6187 says...

SpinningJenny wrote:
Tom6187 wrote:
Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day.
When was the last time you were a student? Mental health problems have some of their highest levels among university students, not to mention the now crippling debt they face for a degree that is hardly worth the value.
That's probably because all they do is drink and listen to the levellers.
[quote][p][bold]SpinningJenny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day.[/p][/quote]When was the last time you were a student? Mental health problems have some of their highest levels among university students, not to mention the now crippling debt they face for a degree that is hardly worth the value.[/p][/quote]That's probably because all they do is drink and listen to the levellers. Tom6187
  • Score: -87

3:51pm Fri 13 Jun 14

NoMorePlease says...

Tom6187 wrote:
SpinningJenny wrote:
Tom6187 wrote:
Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day.
When was the last time you were a student? Mental health problems have some of their highest levels among university students, not to mention the now crippling debt they face for a degree that is hardly worth the value.
That's probably because all they do is drink and listen to the levellers.
Do not compound the ignorance of your first statement by more silliness. I suggest you educate yourself about real student life today
[quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpinningJenny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: Stressed out? Students seem pretty happy to me, binge drinking and sleeping all day.[/p][/quote]When was the last time you were a student? Mental health problems have some of their highest levels among university students, not to mention the now crippling debt they face for a degree that is hardly worth the value.[/p][/quote]That's probably because all they do is drink and listen to the levellers.[/p][/quote]Do not compound the ignorance of your first statement by more silliness. I suggest you educate yourself about real student life today NoMorePlease
  • Score: 2

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