Here Come the Dogs!
Guys and gals of Derby University, we have BIG news. We’ve been wanting to tell you about this for quite some time, and have finally been given the go-ahead! Trust us, this news will drive you barking mad…
The University has greenlit an initiative to allow students to bring their dogs to lectures! That’s right, get ready to bring your precious little puppers to class with you. Are your tails wagging yet?
It is a well-known fact that pets, and dogs in particular, have a positive effect on folks’ mental health. According to the Mental Health Foundation, “a pet can be a great source of comfort, companionship and motivation for their owners. In many ways, pets can help us to live mentally healthier lives.”
Don’t just take our word for how great it is though! We chatted to some students too. Second-year Creative and Professional Writing student, Ruby Burlingham, says, “ on days when everything is awful, my dogs never fail to cheer me up. They bring so much joy, taking them into a joyless lecture hall would 100% increase productivity. Write a note here, pet a dog there, everyone’s happy.”
MA Publishing student, Shannon O’hagan, says, “I’d love to bring my dog to lectures. The amount I pay to come here, and I can’t afford a dog sitter; it should be buy one get your dog in for free. He’ll definitely teach the lecturers a thing or two.”
Science is on our side! People with dogs around them are less likely to suffer from things like anxiety and depression. Dogs can help lower blood pressure in stressful situations (like lectures, duh!) and elevate a person’s levels of serotonin and dopamine. In other, less scientific words, they calm you the heck down. I don’t know about you, but my lectures would be a whole lot more relaxing if I had a furry friend with me.
Dogs, coming to a lecture hall near you soon!
Isn’t it EXCITING?
Isn’t it the best news you’ve heard all semester?
Isn’t it a shame that it’s a joke?
Happy April Fools’ day everybody! (Don’t hate us.)