'Healthy Wildcat Wednesday' Attracts Pets With Personality-Plus

Published 10.17.2012


Meghan C. Cunningham, a general studies student from Williamsport, relaxes with Jonas, a Bichon Frise/poodle hybrid owned by Jan Hofer.Kenzie, a golden retriever mix owned by Carol Weaver, awaits attention ...... and gets it from Michael A. Petrizio, of Sellersville, a culinary arts technology major.Joseph C. Sarmento, of Williamsport, majoring in applied health studies: radiography concentration, gets acquainted with Koda, a Leonberger owned by Paul Albert.Mustering his 9-pound might to "play" a toy piano is Skeeter, Liz Stroter's musical Papillon.Just in time to ease students' midterm worries – and calm any residual faculty/staff anxiety – the Healthy Wildcats invited a furry dose of stress relief to the Hager Lifelong Education Center on Wednesday. In a visit arranged by Kristi L. Hammaker, health and fitness specialist, volunteer handlers involved with Therapy Dogs International generously shared their pets with passersby outside the Keystone Dining Room. The program also attracted youngsters from the Dunham Children's Learning Center down the hall, who, while much more carefree than the adults in their midst, nonetheless derived the same enjoyment from a four-legged snuggle or two.