As students go through a stressful school year, Humber College has come up with an appealing way to help. Percy, a golden retriever therapy dog, is here for all to pet.
Melanie Shulman is a law professor and the owner of Percy. She brings Percy to campus every Tuesday and walks around as students stop to pet him.
“Once Percy turned one year old I got him involved with St.John Ambulance and he had to pass an obedience test. Once he passed the test I was able to bring him to visit places,” said Shulman.
Along with Humber’s North campus, Percy also visits an old folks home once a week. Students say he is a calm and lovable dog, and that he has been a success in helping them de-stress and take their minds away from school for a little while.
Many students are excited that Humber has allowed Percy to become the school’s therapy dog.
“Percy makes me feel happy, said Karly Malchiondo, 19, a nutrition student. “He distracts me from remembering I am at school,” she added.
“He is famous, I’ve been hearing about Percy for so long,” said Terry-Ann Christie, 25, law clerk student. “He helps people keep their emotions intact and not feel nervous or overwhelmed,”
“He is here to be petted and help students who feel stressed or unhappy,” said Shulman. “It seemed like a good fit to bring him to students,” she said.