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Pet-a-Pet Day Brings Together Smithies and Local Dogs

A Report by Sofia Walker '11

People and pets alike benefit from Pet-a-Pet Day: Smithies get to take a break and scratch a fuzzy head, and dogs get their fuzzy heads scratched!

It's a day that Smithies wait for all semester: Pet-a-Pet Day. Staff and locals assemble on the lawn of Helen Hills Hills Chapel, pets in hand, to give stressed students an opportunity for some doggy love. Mia, a golden retriever with a deep red coat, could not contain her excitement, bounding from one student to the next. "This is the third time I've brought her," said her owner, "and of course I think she's the most popular."

I asked the owner of Loki, a slender grey dog, why she brought him to the event. "I work for Smith," she said, "and it seemed like high time to get my dog involved too." Dogs and students alike had difficulty choosing on whom to focus, there were so many eager hands and pets about. Sarah Francis '13 remarked how grateful she was that Pet-a-Pet exists. "I have four pets at home, and I really miss them." I asked if animal contact helped her with her stress. "For sure," she said. "Dogs are the best medicine."