A recent New York Times article highlighted a program at Yale Law School where stressed out law students can “check out” a stress therapy dog at their library’s circulation desk.
Although it’s a neat idea, as the reporter points out:
The school is not saying what sort of dog Monty is; what happens to him when school is out of session; or how Monty himself may be kept from becoming overstressed with all his play dates.
I definitely think the company of a dog or cat would have soothed my frazzled nerves when I was a stressed out law student. Luckily, a friend of mine introduced me to a program to walk foster and shelter dogs waiting for adoption. It was an amazing program – we showed up, and had our own dog for an hour, or the whole afternoon. If you love animals, but just can’t fit a permanent buddy into your life, consider fostering or volunteering with your local rescue group. It’s like having your own therapy dog, plus you’ll be giving a lonely animal some much needed love.