Gettysburg program brings freshmen, dogs together for orientation

Senior Liz Graham (left), a music and political science major from Madison, Conn., met music Prof. Marta Robertson's golden retriever, Rufus. Dog Days has become a Gettysburg College tradition - one that the students love and employees alike seem to love.  The goal is for students to forge connections with members of the College community. 

For the first two weeks of the semester, on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at the east end of the CUB, faculty and staff are invited to bring their dogs for play with students.  Students who miss home and their pets are welcome to come by for some real "puppy love" and to get to know the folks who are there.  Students love seeing the pooches and really like getting to know faculty and staff in a non-stressful environment.

              Students, faculty, and staff:  Come on by!


Dog owners who want to bring your dog(s):  Contact Counseling Services at 6960 (Kathy Bradley or Carrol Hoover) to get a waiver form (basically saying your pet has its shots and plays well with others).  Send it back to us.  Then just show up!  As always, we'' have doggie treats, poop bags, and fresh water for the pups.  Hope to see you there. Oh - and employees who participate - with or without a dog - are eligible for two wellness points for each session.

(As a gentle reminder, the presence of animals in all college-owned or leased buildings, including residential and non-residential buildings is prohibited with the exception of certified service animals and animals specially approved for the educational purposes of the College.)


"If you get to know the dog, you can get to know the person," said Kathy Bradley, director of the Health & Counseling Center and associate dean of College Life, who dreamed up Dog Days. "If a student has one connection on campus - from a custodian to the president - we're more likely to retain that student. And it addresses students' homesickness and well-being."

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