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Northern Arts & Culture: De-stressing with the NMU Wildpups

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Kurt Hauswirth
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Casey Hopper and Anne Stein in our studios with Ramsey

The NMU School of Nursing is helping to reduce stress and anxiety with therapy dogs

Everyone needs a break at some point: here come the NMU Wildpups!

The Wildpups are a group of dogs and handlers who help those with stress and anxiety. As a part of NMU's Animal Assisted Therapy program, they make appearances on NMU's campus with the mission to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and provide dog-bonding opportunities for those who may be missing their furry friends at home.

The dogs are mostly found at events in the Lydia M. Olson Library but will occasionally make appearances elsewhere, including NMU's Wildcat Weekends.

Kurt Hauswirth had the opportunity to speak with two of the humans who help with the Wildpups (Casey Hopper and Anne Stein from the NMU School of Nursing), along with Ramsey, one of the therapy dogs:

A conversation with Casey Hopper and Anne Stein of the NMU School of Nursing

Wildpups event information can be found on The Hub at NMU (login required).

Upcoming Wildpups events at the Lydia M. Olson Library:

  • Thursday, October 27th, 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Monday, November 7th, 12:30 - 2 pm
  • Thursday, December 1st, 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Monday, December 12th, 12 - 1:30 pm

Sunset Yoga with The Wildpups happens on Wednesday, December 7th, 5 - 8 pm in the Hedgcock Atrium.
Find more information about the NMU School of Nursing here.

Kurt lives in Marquette with his family and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves music, games, running, being near water, and a fine cold brew coffee.