Therapy Dog Ruth dispenses calmness in Brown Library at Exam time

Since 2014, Mary Brackett, senior associate with UVA’s center for Organizational Excellence, has been teaming with her Australian Shepherd/Lab mix, Ruth, to relieve student stress in libraries at exam time.

The word “ruth” is defined in the dictionary as — among other things — pity, compassion, mercy, tenderness, and sympathy.

Each of the past five years, Ruth has been on-Grounds in the holiday season, dispensing calmness, not asking where you’re from or what your politics are, just wanting a pat on the head, a scratch behind the years or under the chin.

Below are a few pictures of Ruth spreading her special brand of holiday cheer in the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library. Enjoy!Portrait of therapy dog Ruth, an Australian Shepherd/Lab mixRuth being petted by two smiling studentsRuth surrounded by student admirers petting herRuth enjoying the attention of a student petting her on the headRuth enjoying some hands-on therapy from students

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