Each week, a different member of the faculty or staff brings their dog onto campus for a “Pet Therapy” session — an hour where the dogs hang out with the students.  It is relaxation for the students; a way for those far from home to get their “pet fix”, and a wonderful way for faculty and staff to meet the four legged members of their colleagues’ families.

Last week, my dogs spent the afternoon on campus and had a thoroughly wonderful time.  Then they came home and absolutely c-r-a-s-h-e-d.  They were so sound asleep that I don’t think a steak would have roused them.

I am reminded of the advice of a dog trainer:  pets need mental stimulation.  It’s not enough to play with them in the back yard or rumpus around the house; they need to have new experiences to truly expend energy.

I think the same holds true for people.  It’s easy to get restless when you are doing the same things over and over.  Even though you may be busy and find it hard to fathom doing something more/different, I think it is important to make time to add some mental stimulation to the mix.  

You may come home exhausted at the end of the day, but it might be because you spent so much time wagging with glee.

— beth triplett

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