Penn State Needs a Finals Week Puppy Room

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Everyone loves puppies. If there’s one thing that everyone can get behind — PS4RS, Karen Peetz, Evan Ponter, Michael Mauti, etc. — it’s that puppies are some of the most adorable things in the world. It’s a universal phenomenon. I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t love them, and the soft feeling of a puppy can warm even the coldest hearts.

That’s why Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada has spearheaded the idea of the “puppy room” during its finals week. The idea is that the university will throw a bunch of cute little puppies in a room where students can come and hang out during finals week. It’s hard to fathom anything more brilliant.

Imagine Alumni Hall with hundreds of puppies scattered about playing with exhausted test takers. For many students, coming to college not only means missing their family but their pets too. Here’s a great opportunity to help eleviate that homesickness.

You failed your physics test? Who cares — a litter of furry puppies awaits you. The Canadians are way ahead of the game here.

Students, of course, are enamored by the idea. The Facebook post from the Dalhousie Student Union already has over 1,000 likes, 2,000 shares, and over 100 comments — including many comments that think the idea is too good to be true.

“We don’t mess around when it comes to dogs!” the Dalhousie Student Union said. “This is 100% for real.”

The event has been aptly described, “Yep, it’s a room full of puppies.” That’s all it needed to get most students excited.

“My major paper is due at 4 p.p on the 4th [of December]… I will beeline it to the Puppy Room,” wrote Dal student Jimmy Tennant to HuffPo.

“Just petting a dog will decrease your blood pressure and relieve anxiety. You can be affectionate with them and they’ll be affectionate back. They love attention,” student Audrey Giles told the Toronto Star.

The idea is organized and paid for by the office of student activities at Dalhousie. All of the puppies come from Therapeutic Paws Of Canada, which is a non-profit organization aimed at using animals to help bring emotional relief to people.

Seriously, what a fantastic idea. I’m looking at you (us?) UPUA.

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About Author

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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