Therapy pets visit law center to help students unwind

tom Barnes and Gus

2L Tom Barnes pets Gus, a four-year-old Miniature Goldendoodle. Several dogs and a cat from Therapy Pets Unlimited visited the law center Tuesday afternoon to help students unwind.

The law center is going to the dogs (and to one cat) — but just for a couple of hours.

Several dogs and Miko the cat, all from Therapy Pets Unlimited, visited the law school on Tuesday, Nov. 17 to help students decompress before they begin gearing up for finals.

The 0.5 level of the law center was deemed a “Stress Free Zone” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Pizza was served to the students, while the dogs, ever optimistic, went from person to person hoping for a handout. (Their handlers had instructed the students not to feed them.)

Elizabeth Paige, a graduate student in the Legal and Ethical Studies program at UB’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, petted Gus, a four-year-old Miniature Goldendoodle.

“It’s nice to take time away from studying and not feel guilty,” she said. “Dogs remind you to take care of yourself.”

Added Paige: “They don’t judge. They just love.”

Gus then gravitated to law student Tom Barnes, a 2L, who sat cross-legged on the floor with the pup in his arms.

“I love dogs,” said Barnes, a Marine Corps veteran who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Dogs make the best people.”

The event was sponsored by the Student Bar Association, Phi Delta Phi and the Law Career Development Office.


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