Puppy Therapy at Rotman!

Stevie, the Therapy Dog, showing how her obedience tricks before we started playing with her soggy chew toy!

Now that school's out, I find myself with a little more time on my hands; going from full-time studying to full-time searching still takes up a significant amount of time, but with a little more free time than before.  It's been really nice to spend time with understanding family members I barely saw during my program, catch up with friends for reasons other than group projects & deliverables, get back to cooking for joy & health rather than speed & convenience, get back to working out without worrying it cutting into my study time, read a book not because it related to a course, see a movie without worrying about a paper that's due in a couple of hours, and just take leisurely walks through the neighborhood with my camera and take in everything.  Don't get me wrong, I love Rotman, and it's been an incredible roller-coaster ride that I've enjoyed completely... but sometimes, it's nice to enjoy a less manic pace too! :)

It was on one of these neighborhood strolls that I came across an adorable little puppy that took me straight back to Rotman.  During a particularly stressful period at Rotman, with exam season just around the corner, the Graduate Business Council and the Rotman Health & Wellness Association brought in Stevie, a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog.  An adorable little 4-year-old female miniature poodle, Stevie loves to cuddle, meeting new people, and playing tug-of-war with her very soggy chew toy!  Although the Puppy Therapy didn't last very long, the after-effects lasted quite a while... I had a relaxed smile on my face for the rest of the day, and I was constantly lighting up with glee around puppies & dogs for a good few days after Rotman's Puppy Therapy session. :D