Therapy dogs helping Rice students during finals

Published On: Dec 06 2012 09:15:01 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 08:45:45 AM CST

Therapy dogs from Faithful Paws Pet Therapy help sick kids through hospital stays and provide love to nursing home patients. Now, they are offering their support to stressed out students at Rice University.

"It's extremely exhausting, you don't sleep very much," said one student.

The animal therapists said petting these dogs has been proven to reduce blood pressure and heart rates.   

The school hopes the puppies will offer a moment of relief from the pressure of college finals.

"During finals, everyone gets stressed out and you don't realize how hard it's going to be. It's really amazing that the faculty cares enough about us to bring dogs to help us reduce stress," said Kiara Aguirie, a sophomore.

So, after a little puppy love, these students said they're more prepared  to face the big tests that are waiting for them.

"I miss my dog at home a lot, so it makes me feel comfortable and there's been a lot of stressful situations going on with finals and everything," said Monica Patterson, a freshman.