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Therapy dogs help Mont. students with test stress

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  • Montana State University students gather around Intermountain Therapy Animals volunteer Sandy Watson and her 4-year-old Maltese named Sophie during th...

    Mike Greener / Bozeman Daily Chronicle

    Montana State University students gather around Intermountain Therapy Animals volunteer Sandy Watson and her 4-year-old Maltese named Sophie during the Paws to de-Stress program Thursday at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- At Montana State University, final exams stress is going to the dogs.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Intermountain Therapy Animals is bringing dogs to campus this week and next to help students take a break from the stress of studying for and taking semester exams.
Jacqueline Frank is the Renne Library commons assistant who started the Paws to de-Stress program this semester. She says research shows that animals can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
Frank says over a two-hour period on Thursday afternoon, 261 people stopped by to meet Ellie, a 6-year-old golden retriever and Sophie, a 4-year-old Maltese.
Sophomore Rebecca Johnson, from Ferndale, Wash., said: "This is the best idea ever."
Butte sophomore Kaitlyn Okrush agreed, noting she has an organic chemistry final on Monday.
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