Pet-a-Puppy ‘bow-wows’ big campus crowd

SAITSA may about to go to the dogs – seriously.

The SAIT student association is apparently considering staging another Pet-a-Puppy event next spring, after the first-ever puppy room attracted a mob of stressed-out dog lovers on Thursday Oct. 10. The canine love-in was part of SAITSA’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

“We had amazing success. We had 30 people lined up before 10 a.m. to sign up for the puppy room,” said Vice President Student Life, Amanda Hanna. The room wasn’t scheduled to open until 11:30.

The puppy room originally had 315 spaces available for students to come and socialize with seven of man’s best friends. But by 1 p.m., more than 400 students got the chance to come and see the four-legged stars of the show.

“We’re looking at bringing the puppy room back next semester before exams. It’s still in the works though,” said a very cheery Hanna on Friday, Oct. 11.

Volunteers from the Pet Access League Society (PALS) were “overwhelmed by the gratitude” students showed towards the pups and were delighted by how happy students looked after their visit.

“You can see the reaction of people change when they come into contact with the dogs. They get a good energy from them,” said one of PALS volunteers who came and helped make the puppy room such a success.

“It was fun, I thought it was a great way to wind down especially with midterms next week,” said first year software development student, Ryan Mroczek.

In all, seven dogs were on hand for the event, including a Newfoundland, a border collie, a golden retriever, a bulldog and a Labrador-poodle cross.

While many of the students who took part were female, a sprinkling of guys also trekked through the puppy room, which took place in the Ambrosia Room, in the Student Centre.

Students were admitted in groups of about a dozen at a time. Each student had about 10 minutes to pat the pooches.

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Pet a Puppy: SAIT students unwind with Vegas the dog during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT.  Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Jenn Sieppert/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: SAIT students unwind with Vegas the dog during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Jenn Sieppert/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Berkeley, a Newfoundlander, takes a break and tries to stay cool during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Berkeley, a Newfoundlander, takes a break and tries to stay cool during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Jade, a white blonde golden retriever receives some affection from SAIT student, Olive Tran during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT.  Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Jade, a white blonde golden retriever receives some affection from SAIT student, Olive Tran during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Lacey, a Border Collie, receives some love from SAITSA's president Tegan Cochrane during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT.  Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Lacey, a Border Collie, receives some love from SAITSA’s president Tegan Cochrane during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Button, a Shitzu / Chihuahua provides students with smiles and laughter during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT.  Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Kathleen Alenius/SAIT Polytechnic)
Pet a Puppy: Button, a Shitzu / Chihuahua provides students with smiles and laughter during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Kathleen Alenius/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Berkeley, a Newfoundlander, takes a break and tries to stay cool during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Berkeley, a Newfoundlander, takes a break and tries to stay cool during the Pet a Puppy event in the Campus Centre at SAIT. Staff and students got to spend some quality time with several puppies who were on hand for everyone to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Laura Wilms/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: SAIT students got to spend some quality time with a group of puppies at the Pet a Puppy event held in the Campus Centre at SAIT. The event featured lots of furry-faced friends who were on hand for students and staff to pet as a means of relieving stress.
Pet a Puppy: SAIT students got to spend some quality time with a group of puppies at the Pet a Puppy event held in the Campus Centre at SAIT. The event featured lots of furry-faced friends who were on hand for students and staff to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Kathleen Alenius/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: SAIT students got to spend some quality time with a group of puppies at the Pet a Puppy event held in the Campus Centre at SAIT. The event featured lots of furry-faced friends who were on hand for students and staff to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Jenn Sieppert/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: SAIT students got to spend some quality time with a group of puppies at the Pet a Puppy event held in the Campus Centre at SAIT. The event featured lots of furry-faced friends who were on hand for students and staff to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Jenn Sieppert/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Yashica Anandani cuddles with a puppy at the Pet a Puppy event held in the Campus Centre at SAIT. The event featured lots of furry-faced friends who were on hand for students and staff to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Abhishek Anand/The Press)
Pet a Puppy: Yashica Anandani cuddles with a puppy at the Pet a Puppy event held in the Campus Centre at SAIT. The event featured lots of furry-faced friends who were on hand for students and staff to pet as a means of relieving stress. (Photo by Abhishek Anand/The Press)
About Ciara Green 1 Article
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Ciara Green worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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