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Ella Therapy Dog Law School

December 18, 2011 by staff 

Ella Therapy Dog Law School, Ella the therapy dog had never been to university before. Judging by her smile — yes, she smiles, her owner insists — the experience suited her fine. Usually, Ella can be found comforting the sick, but on Thursday she took her talents to the law school at the University of Arizona.

There, nervous test-takers stroked the poodle’s crinkly curls to soothe themselves during the crush of final exams.

“Wow,” sighed student Rachel Corrigan, 25, sinking into a sofa outside the law school library to pet the pooch.

“I had four finals and a paper due the last day, so it’s been a marathon.”

Ella’s human, Diane Alexander, volunteers with Delta Society’s pet partners program. She’s one of about 20 specially trained dog handlers who took part in the sessions with their pets.

Between 100 and 150 students stopped by for some puppy love during the two weeks of finals, she said.

“The students love it,” said Alexander, a retired retail worker who dressed Ella in a Christmas collar for the occasion.

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