At YLS, the YLS library offers its students the single most important supportive service: they offer MONTY aka General Montgomery, a border terrier mix. Let me quote the memo, so you can see for yourself:
From: Femi Cadmus
Date: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM
Subject: Law Library Therapy Dog Pilot Program Launches March 28, 2011
To: Law School Students
The law library intends to run a three day pilot program starting on March 28, 2011 during which students will be able to “check out” our certified library therapy dog, Monty for thirty minute periods. We hope that making a therapy dog available to our students will prove to be a positive addition to current services offered by the library. It is well documented that visits from therapy dogs have resulted in increased happiness, calmness, and overall emotional well-being. http://www.tdi-dog.org/About.aspx?Page=Information for Facilities
Beginning March 21, 2011, a sign-up sheet with additional information will be available at the circulation desk for students wishing to check out Monty. Even though Monty is hypoallergenic, visits will be confined to a dedicated non-public space in the library to eliminate potential adverse reactions from any library user who might have dog-related concerns. We are committed to ensuring our library remains a welcoming and comfortable environment for all our users.
Finally, we will need your feedback and comments to help us decide if this will be a permanent on-going program available during stressful periods of the semester, for example during examinations. Please feel free to contact us at anytime at [xxx] or stop by the library administrative suite in room 300 to speak with the Librarian.
Blair Kauffman, Law Librarian
Now, you would think that this obviously brilliant idea would have been implemented a lot sooner, but no. Humans tend to be slaves to specieism. But let me go out on a limb here. It is my hope that some of the two leggeds who benefit from exposure to Monty will remember it and will implement the same policy in the workplace. Smiling at myself, heh heh. Can you see the dip in the sale of anti anxiety meds?
To all my Bichon Buds. While I salute Monty, we all know who is best suited to the task seeing as we are "BRED FOR COMPANIONSHIP". Guys we need to get our paw in on that action. Then we will unionize and organize... mhh down the line this could be quite advantageous to us.
But for now, go MONTY! And YLS, stay a leader and add another permanent staffer: MONTY.
For the rest of you law school administrators... hmmm [looking down my nose at you]... let me point out that rubbing a belly and getting wet sloppy doggy kisses makes all the stress melt and puts you in a good mood. Maybe, just maybe then the rule against perpetuities would not be so ...stressful.
sending my app, to Harvard.
what to do you mean leave momma, nooo she is coming with me