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Therapy Dogs De-Stress A-B Tech

Sometimes the more you learn, the more you worry. From financial aid to new classes, there's plenty of stress at the campus of A-B Tech.

A dog therapy program might just be a calming influence.

"Studies say your blood pressure goes down if you pet a dog," says volunteer Pam Fisher. "Works for me."

From a Jack Russell named JR to a Dalmatian named "Scandal," there are 10 different therapy dogs volunteering tricks and time at A-B Tech. They instantly become the center of attention wherever they go.

"I just got sticker shock for two of the books that I didn't have," says Allison Dimsha. "My stress level already went down."

Some say the idea is a natural fit for such a stressful environment. The emotional support team has helped employees too.

"We had just started the program recently when we lost Mona," says volunteer coordinator Jeralie Andrews.

In April, Mona Cornwell died.

A-B Tech's director of community relations and marketing passed away of complications of ovarian cancer. Therapy dogs, became part of the healing process.       

"If you just take the time to hug an animal, you're going to feel better and be able to go on," says Andrews.
Sometimes, simple solutions make a huge impact.

"And we see what benefits this program has done," volunteer Paul Monitto says.

No matter where you are on campus, it's nice to know you've got a friend.

By John Le

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