DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - If you listen carefully you can almost hear the thinking going on in the University of Dayton's Roesch Library this week, but the students there are about to get a crash course in "peace" of mind.
"It's fun," says Karen Brown with the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association. "It makes people smile. It makes people happy."
Students got to meet the newest student in the class on Monday.
Her name is Willow.
The only 4.0 she'll ever reach is if you count the number of legs she has, but she could help students, like Aaron Gonzalez, make the grade on their up-coming finals.
"Who knows?," Gonzalez says. "A simple dog can ease the tension and clear your mind for five minutes and that's enough to make the difference."
Willow got checked out much more than any book on her field trip to the library.
The six-year-old rescue dog is with the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association.
The library brought her in to get students to "Paws" for a moment...and relax.
"I've been here for a while now studying for my toughest final so it was nice to get a break," says UD student John Lynch.
All in a days work for Willow, who will walk away from this test with an "A" for attention.
"She loves people and loves attention," Brown says. "She pretty much demands attention now that she's been doing this for a while."
As for the students, their big tests are yet to come, but they've already "passed" on one thing, the stress.
"You wouldn't think a simple dog would do the trick but it definitely does," Gonzalez says.
Willow and a few of her friends will be back Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roesch Library at the University of Dayton.
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