BU students having a ruff time as semester ends

Annie Oakley, a therapy dog from Dog B.O.N.E.S., gets attention frm BU freshmen students (clockwise from bottom left) Julianne DePaoli, Hayley McNutt, Taylor Kenyon, and Bella Sudit. At bottom right is Oakley's owner Roberta Chicos. The pooches from Dog B.O.N.E.S., Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts helped BU students relieve stress at the Mugar Memorial Library. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
Annie Oakley, a therapy dog from Dog B.O.N.E.S., gets attention frm BU freshmen students (clockwise from bottom left) Julianne DePaoli, Hayley McNutt, Taylor Kenyon, and Bella Sudit. At bottom right is Oakley's owner Roberta Chicos. The pooches from Dog B.O.N.E.S., Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts helped BU students relieve stress at the Mugar Memorial Library. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)

BU’s Mugar Memorial Library was barraged this week by a furry, four-legged squad enlisted to help calm students frazzled by finals stress. A mini golden doodle, a King Charles cavalier spaniel, and, of course, a Boston terrier, were among eight dogs from Dog B.O.N.E.S Therapy who helped soothe sleep-deprived students at the end of the semester. “This is the first time [we’ve had the program] at Mugar, and there’s just such demand. [Students] filled all the reservations within 48 hours of putting signs up,” said Sara Rimer, a BU spokeswoman. “These are certified therapy dogs; they have excellent, calm personalities. And these kids are stressed out. They’re poking their heads into the room and saying ‘Can I get in?’ ” Small groups of students are allotted 15-minute sessions to pet and feed the dogs. Rimer smiled as Annie Oakley, a King Charles cavalier spaniel, bounded up to her. “I feel calmer just being around this dog! She has the most soulful eyes and long beautiful ears. . . . This dog is adorable.” Clearly, puppy love was alive and well in Mugar Library. Dog B.O.N.E.S will return to BU Saturday from 5-7 p.m., with a new group of eight dogs available for belly rubs.

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