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Puppies visit CofC students for Exam Week relief

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Exam week is a stressful time for college students, but the College of Charleston Cougar Countdown brings stress-relieving events to campus.

Pet Helpers brought puppies outside the Addlestone Library on Friday for ‘Puppies on the Green.'

Students had a chance to roll around with the pups from noon to 3 p.m. to get away from the books for a little while.

"Pets don't make demands on you, they give love unconditionally, no questions asked – doesn't matter if you do well on your exams or not, they'll still love you. So we've invited the College of Charleston students out today to just kind of take a study break and relax and hopefully that will help them do better on their exams," said Leigh Handal.with Pet Helpers.  

"New research has come out that confirms what other studies have shown and that is that pets really help relieve stress, and this new research that's come out – They've noted that people who are in stressful situations actually can be more comforted by a pet then even by being with a loved one or a spouse," said Handal. 

Pet Helpers brought three puppies that are currently up for adoption.  The other two dogs were recently adopted from Pet Helpers.

Oscar, a German Shepherd puppy, was recently adopted by College of Charleston Student Stevie Laughead.

"It's right in the middle [of exam week] so we figured we'd take him out here, play with the pups because we got him from Pet Helpers, and let everyone else love on him because he loves that too," said Laughead.

Cougar Countdown started on Friday with Pancakes with the President, where students could eat a free pancake breakfast with College of Charleston President George Benson.

"We have fourty different events over the week and a half, two week period where students are meeting with professors and taking exams and studying hard.  We thought, let's give them a break in between exams, in between working with professors, in between working with student groups studying and this is the way we are doing it.  So, this morning I was out here flipping pancakes," said President Benson.

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