Dog days of semester

Colton Davies

It’s the dog days of the semester at Penticton's Okanagan College campus.

Canines were the centre of attention at the college’s ‘Stress Buster Event’ on Thursday.

Just ask Mia  — she’s a teacup poodle and she's been a therapy dog at the event for the past six years.

"And (the students) know her name. Every time we come here, they want to come and grab every one of these dogs and just love them," said Barb Smith, Mia's owner.

"Some would like to take her home, but there's no way. I need her. She's my angel," Smith quipped.

The free stress buster event had about a dozen activities for students to take part in, including aroma therapy, yoga moves and sleep strategies, among others.

All of the activities were geared to help students reduce their level of stress and focus on their health and wellness.

"We hold this usually in the middle of the semester, because it's a time where there's a lot of stress for students. Lots of exams, assignments, reading," said Sarah Lefebure, a counsellor at the OK College Penticton campus.

"We want to give them a chance to decompress a little bit and discover ways they can help to manage their stress."

And as much as college is a place to learn a profession, it also should be a place to learn how to live a healthy life, according to Lefebure.

"It's an important goal that we have here at Okanagan College, to help people be prepared to go out into the world to live healthy and fulfilling lives, from a really holistic standpoint."

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