Students crowded into a space, standing room only, crowded-crowded-crowded.
Rock concert tickets?
Release of a highly anticipated movie?
Sale on the season's most popular video game?
Giveaway of a semester's tuition?
Nope - a chance for college students at the school where I work to spend a little time on the Saturday before final exam week petting a dog.
With a ratio of at least a dozen students per dog at times this is how Lil, Jenny, and I spent two hours today. There were other dogs there also but I must say, few worked the room as thoroughly or fairly as these girls. (Okay, I'm biased. There was a little dog who was very friendly to everyone, and a Vizsla who wagged his stub as she approached each person. Some dogs were more interested in people with toys; Lil mugged one young man who kept feeding her bites of cookie.)
The young man in the above picture for example is bending over petting Jenny as she walks by. Jenny did a magnificent job of walking back and forth amongst all the students present. She made sure everyone got a chance to say hello and worked the room for nearly two hours straight.
She also took the time to give some special attention to people once things settled down a bit and students started to find seats on the floor.
|A parade of puppies including our friend, Black Lab Jazz, and a rescued Beagle mix|
While there was a core group of students who were there for the whole time, most students spent just a little while, trying to make room for new students once they'd had their own chance to spend a few minutes petting a dog. At times the elevator seemed like a clown car, opening up and spewing out what seemed to be an endless stream of students. In total, over several hundred students passed through, and each of them took at least one pet of Lab and Collie before they left. While there were other social dogs there, our girls outdid themselves, learning to recognize the "ding" of the elevator and usually greeting each new group of students as they exited the elevator. And I don't think any dog present personally greeted more people than our Jenny. How cool is that!
Before I left one student instructed me to tell my boss, the Vice President, that puppy playtime is "necessary." Based on the crowd that comes out each time this event is held, I think we can all agree it is at least very, very desirable.
We all enjoy the company of our canine companions and events like this remind me, not only am I fortunate but there are many other people who would like the opportunity to visit with my girls. If you have the opportunity and your canine is willing, make sure you take advantage of opportunities to share your time when and where you can. Not everyone who loves dogs is fortunate enough to live with one.