Earlier this week, Jacoby and I had a therapy visit at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
There, we met with students living in the residence hall who were studying for finals, because, as Pet Partners says, “…when animals are around, people’s blood pressure goes down, stress and anxiety levels are reduced, people feel less lonely and less depressed, and they tend to be more social and community oriented” and who is more stressed than a student during exams?
I was, once upon a time, an art student, and I also lived in residence halls at both Sac State (close to home, and kitties) and Concordia University in Montreal (very far from home, and kitties), and I know what it’s like to be in the dorms around the holidays, with friends who are from around here and planning to go home for Christmas, without your best furry friend around. University was the one catless period in my life; oh, I had my cats at my mom’s house…but it’s not the same, is it, when they can’t live with you.
Needless to say, I was super excited to be there with Jake. This is the kind of thing we became a therapy team to do!
It was awesome. We must have talked to over 100 students in the ~2 hours we were there. We were one of six teams (a Golden, a Lab, a Labradoodle, a Greyhound and a Newfie), and as the only human-feline team, we were kind of mobbed by the cat people.
I guess the posters didn’t mention there would be a cat at the event, which explains why so many people were so excited to see us there! We had a LOT of people come in and say, “OOOOOOhhhh, look! There’s a KITTY here!!!”
A lot of them wanted to hold Jake and cuddle him. I can’t blame them.
Jake was so awesome with it all, and he absolutely loved the petting and the attention! It was cold in the room, and he was shivering, but he was also purring.
On the train ride home, Jake was tired, but still hyped up, too. As was I.
I hope we get to do more visits like this one. It was wonderful!