Pups provide stress relief for students

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Wednesday seven wriggling puppies were escorted onto the quad on campus.

The white-painted plastic fence that surrounded the balls of canine joy carried signs that read: Pet-a-pup $1 per hour, or $3 for an all-day pass.

Dillon Baker a sophomore in Psychology organized the event through his fraternity—Sigma Tau Gamma.

“I have always loved dogs,” Baker said, “My fraternity brothers and I walk dogs at the Humane Society of Henderson every Saturday.

The seven puppies being petted by various USI students were from the same shelter.

“This is our first time hosting such an event,” Baker said, “I know it is a stress reliever for students and it has always had a good turnout when the rec has done it in the past.”

Olivia Johnson, a Spanish and Biology Pre-Medical freshman, cradled a butterscotch puppy in her arms as it laid its head in the crook of her arm.

“Seeing all these puppies makes me miss my own pets at home,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she owns a guinea pig named Maximus Hamilton and an English Spaniel named Holly.

“My family has owned Holly for 13 years,” Johnson said.

All the money raised by Sigma Tau Gamma will go back the animal shelter.

“This event is a trial run for our fraternity,” Baker said. “We had to jump through a lot of hoops to get this approved by the university. If we prove we can handle it. Hopefully we will be able to do more events like this in the future.”