- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On March 13, 2017
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By Emma Witkowski, Walk My Dog Toronto co-founder and full-time student
I’ve been with Walk My Dog Toronto since the start, but I went from full-time to part-time in September 2016. I was going back to school, to get that degree I’ve been pushing off!
It was big decision to make. A lot of factors to consider. Cost, of course. And age. Commitments and goals. But honestly – my biggest concern? Leaving the doggos.
It wasn’t like going back to school meant I was never going to see these pups again. I knew I would still walk them from time to time. But…but…I got to hang out with these cuties every day. Do you know what that does for a girl’s oxytocin?! I was in love with every dog I walked!
So I went back to school, albeit with a heavy heart. Knowing that dogs wouldn’t be the biggest part of my life anymore.
Turns out – I am not alone. Students, as a group, all seem to develop some kind of “No-Doggo-Syndrome.” We suffer without them!
Students crowd around laptop screens with cute pictures of dogs being dogs. I mention I used to walk dogs full time and everyone in the surrounding area demands details. When a dog comes to campus, they are constantly stopped for a hello.
At a lot of universities, dog therapy has been acknowledged to help with stress, for example around exam time.
Therapy dogs for stressed out students is a wonderful idea. Good for humans, good for pups, good for the universe.
I’m so glad doggos are out there helping those of us in the student world cope with our day-to-day stresses. Just being around them helps us work through the sense of loss we sometimes feel from missing the animals we used to see on the daily – and fills us with lots of those happy love hormones!