Test time!! Well not for Gopher or I but for the students. Oh, how well do I remember the times though, the high stress, the anxiety, followed by the exhaustion. It is becoming more recognized the calming effects a single therapy visit from a well trained dog can do for students during their final preparations. A healthy and more effective way to neutralize stress.
This week Gopher and I were able to spend time with students both at my alma mater, the University of Minnesota and at Hamline University. The response at both locations we well received and the students were excited. Gopher did not fail to delight. At both visits he sought out the largest crowds and sat down in the middle of them, lifting his paw to remind them that the best therapy comes from his chest. The students laughed and were delighted by Gopher and the other therapy animals who were visiting. Easy to say a good time was had by all.
The University of Minnesota newspaper The Minnesota Daily even did a nice write up, with a photo of Gopher and the hosting organization set up a Flickr account and local news responded as well, but no Gopher. Links to both are below!
Minnesota Daily Article