Who Doesn’t Need a Little Therapy During Finals Week?

Knox The Therapy Dog

Dog Therapy that is.

That’s why Brianne Harris is bringing Knox to the Belk Library and Information Commons, so students can relieve a little stress.Knox is a Canine Good Citizen, and registered with Therapy Dogs, Incorporated.  In other words, Knox knows how to be a good listener, and is great for hugging.

“The idea of pets as stress relievers has taken off across campuses nationwide, especially during the end of semester exam time,” said User Services Librarian Geri Purpur, who worked to get Knox some people time.  “Dogs can provide comfort in a way people cannot, and can be a positive reminder of home during the chaos of these final weeks.”

Knox’s handler Brianne Harris, Appalachian 2012 Psychology alumna says the Great Pyrenees has already begun visits to Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, as well as Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

Belk Librarians and staff have taken up a collection to buy Knox an Appalachian State University t-shirt, so look for the really hairy, big guy in an App T-shirt surrounded by students in need of some soothing.

The Dog is in: 

Monday, May 5 at 2:30

Wednesday May 7 at 6:30.

Squeezes, rubs, hugs, and scratches are free!

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