UMD PAWS – Pet Away Stress Program for College Students

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Yesterday we brought eight athletes down to the University of Minnesota, Duluth campus for the monthly PAWS event. UMD PAWS is a program designed to lower stress levels in students and faculty by bringing animals on campus once a month. In a two hour period we had about 200 students come out take pictures, selfies, a little “baby talk”, and give some scratches. The students had some great questions and we talked a little bit about the difference between sprint mushing and distance mushing as far as the types of dogs, equipment, training, and racing.

The dogs were soaking up all the attention on a sunny March day, great weather for this months event. We look forward to participating again next year maybe we will bring more dogs!

Here are some photos from the event.

The program is sponsored by:

UMD Employee Wellness Program
Animal Allies
KUMD
UMD Health Services
Kathryn A. Martin Library

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As a coach, has been working with human athletes since 1998 with his first coaching job at the Marshall School helping out with the cross country ski team. He later moved on to coach swimming, as the head coach of the North Shore Swim Club at the University of Minnesota Duluth. During that time he raced (1997-2009) as an elite amateur cyclist (road, track, cyclocross, mountain) all over North America and a few races in Central America competing with riders that raced in the Tour de France. He also is competitive at running, triathlon, swimming, and xc-skiing completing over 700 events.

His first dog was Helena a retired Alaskan Husky. He picked up Toivo in 2006 as an 8 week old puppy who later started skijoring and bikejoring with him. In his free time he enjoys photography, archery hunting for big game, grouse hunting, fishing, spending time with the dogs, and training himself.