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Dogs help CLC students cope with finals week stress

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  • College of Lake County students Julia Metzger, left, and Jessica Gordon, both of Mundelein, pet and kiss Ebytes, a Leonberger, one of the Therapy Dogs International canines greeting students this week at the Grayslake campus. The dogs were on hand to help students de-stress during finals week.

       College of Lake County students Julia Metzger, left, and Jessica Gordon, both of Mundelein, pet and kiss Ebytes, a Leonberger, one of the Therapy Dogs International canines greeting students this week at the Grayslake campus. The dogs were on hand to help students de-stress during finals week.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

Students stopped reading and scanning their computers to pet dogs in the commons at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

Therapy Dogs International brought golden retrievers, a Leonberger and border collies to greet students at the college and help them de-stress during finals week.

"I love dogs. I love petting nice dogs and getting a kiss," student Julia Metzger of Mundelein said while reaching to pet Ebytes, a Leonberger.

Therapy Dogs International is a volunteer organization that regulates the training of therapy dogs and their handlers so they may visit and assist at nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else they may be needed to help comfort people in times of stress.

The dogs from the therapy organization are scheduled to be at the college until May 13.

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