DC students find puppy love

Students from Durham College and UOIT enjoyed a quick break from their studies on Monday, January 21 to spend some out-of-class time with a contingent of special canine guests. The Animal Guardian Society (TAGS) of Durham Region teamed up with the Student Association to bring a number of dogs to campus with the hope that some wagging tails and wet noses would put a smile on the face of any students experiencing the post-holiday blues.

The initiative took place on ‘Blue Monday’, which occurs each year on the third Monday in January. The day inherited the moniker for being considered the most depressing day of the year. With shortened daylight, inclement weather and a lack of holidays on the horizon, many people find it hard to be cheerful at this time of year.

We’re here to promote de-stressing and to help students relax,” said Reena Kainth, a member of the Student Association.  “Interacting with animals helps lower depression rates and we hope this event will encourage people to adopt a new pet.”

The TAGS dogs were the focal point of the event, but massages, snacks and refreshments were also available to help brighten the day of participating students. Participants unanimously agreed with TAGS organizers that the dogs’ visit to campus should become an annual event.

“Dogs help people to de-stress, lower blood pressure, and provide relaxation for those who need it,” said Kathy Asking, TAGS member. “It is important to have some fun on a day like ‘Blue Monday’ and we hope to continue holding more events on campus in the future.”