Last Look

Love at First Lick

Therapy dog licking student's face

Photo: Douglas Levere

“I am the happiest person in the world right now!” exclaims senior sociology major Sydney Appelbaum after this sloppy smooch with Lucy, a 4-year-old black lab. Lucy was among more than 20 certified therapy dogs brought to campus at the end of the fall semester for UB Libraries’ Stress Relief Days. Begun on the South Campus in 2011 to help students cope with finals-week stress, the program has since expanded to the North Campus. “It’s become an eagerly anticipated tradition,” says UB Libraries communications officer Kathleen Quinlivan (MLS ’87).