Therapy Dogs returned to the Bankier Library on Thursday, December 12 during college hour to help students unwind during Anti-Stress Week.

Certified Therapy Dogs Allie, Juno, Houdini, Lexie, Luna, Nellie, and Dottie loved all the attention they were getting from Brookdale students and staff. The dogs were all on their best behavior as they let the students pet them and tell them what good dogs they were. A chosen few students even got kisses from some of the dogs.

Student and a therapy dog.
Brookdale student Ashley Caufield and Lexie the Therapy Dog.

During Anti-Stress week, the week of December 10, Student Life and Activities offered a number of activities to help students relax during finals. On Tuesday, December 10 during college hour, students were invited to relax in the Navesink rooms of the Student Life Center. Students were encouraged to make their own sugar scrub and add the calming scents of essential oils to it. There was an opportunity to get crafty by creating handmade cards that were then sent to children staying in hospitals around the world. Students could get some air at the oxygen bar which is said to reduce stress and improve focus. Free massages and comfy lounge chairs were available to help students decompress. Healthy snacks and hot drinks were also available for students. In the evening, message therapy and snacks were offered in the Bankier Library to help students reduce stress as well.

Two student petting a therapy dog.
Nolan Ballas and Aniyah Booker petting Juno.

On Wednesday, December 11, students were once again provided with the opportunity to get free massages and snacks in the Student Life Center.

Also on Thursday, students were able to enjoy free massages in the Student Life Center and “Laugh at Lunch” with Kiry Shabazz.

Caption: Students Emily Shroyer, Nick Ince, and Brooke Riso spent some time with Houdini, one of the many therapy dogs who visited the Bankier Library on December 12.