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Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman
Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman

Heard Up North: De-stress with doggies!

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The end of the year can be stressful. There's shopping to be done, cookies to be decorated, gifts to be wrapped, and holidays to be celebrated. And for college students, there is the added stress of finals.

St. Lawrence University in Canton recognizes this stress, and in an effort to help students get through the crunch time, the school offers stress-relieving activities as part of a "Study-A-Thon." One of this year's Study-A-Thon events was the doggie de-stress event.

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Riley Spellman
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Sheila Murray is a sophomore at St. Lawrence, and she's part of the group that set up the event.

"All the kids kind of are dog deprived, so it's great because they come here and they get that source of de-stressing and they get to play with the dogs, and we get to decorate cupcakes…it's a really great event."

Kate Spencer is here with Lola, her Border Collie mix. She says she just started working at St. Lawrence in the fall, so she's enjoying meeting so many other dog owners and dog lovers.

Scott Visser, Eileen Visser, and Heidi Visser are here with their dog Juno. They say it's fun for the dog too, who would normally be hanging out on his own much of the day.

Enjolie Levengood, a dog lover and sophomore, says she looks forward to doggie de-stress for the whole semester. "It's my favorite moment of the whole year—that's why I come!"

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