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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2020 9:30 AM

Welcome to Virtual Stress Relief

While we may not be able to have our usual Stress Relief events on campus this semester, we still wanted to share some stress-relieving activities and resources with you as we approach the close of the semester.

We can't have Stress Relief without the SPCA's Paws for Love volunteers, but we can still share those pets that help relieve our stress at home.

Take a look at all these good boys and girls and share your on the Padlet board below!

Dog Cams!

Check out the other Dog Bless You! live streams from Explore.org for more dog activities (and other animals too)

Good dogs

Two dogs, one black and one tan, laying together in front of a fireplace

Hank and Lacey

This is Hank (dressed in black) and Lacey (dressed in tan).

Hank is an almost-three year old goofy boy, bursting with exuberance over just about everything. 

Likes: Barking at nothing, playing tag with his sister Lacey, chasing the hose when his humans water plants.
Dislikes: the vacuum, baths, and not being involved in everything (FOMO!)
 
Lacey is a sweet, doe-eyed hound mix, turning 2 at the end of April! 

Likes: Snuggling with her humans, going on runs and walks, chasing squirrels and rabbits in the yard (and sometimes catching them).
Dislikes: Water (sprinkler, lakes), sharing food with her brother Hank, getting her nails cut.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Gasorowski

Black dog standing in a backyard

Hank

Hank is an almost-three year old goofy boy, bursting with exuberance over just about everything. 

Likes: Barking at nothing, playing tag with his sister Lacey, chasing the hose when his humans water plants.
Dislikes: the vacuum, baths, and not being involved in everything (FOMO!)

Photo courtesy of Ashley Gasorowski

A tan and whtie dog looking stoically in a backyard

Lacey

Lacey is a sweet, doe-eyed hound mix, turning 2 at the end of April! 

Likes: Snuggling with her humans, going on runs and walks, chasing squirrels and rabbits in the yard (and sometimes catching them).
Dislikes: Water (sprinkler, lakes), sharing food with her brother Hank, getting her nails cut.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Gasorowski

Black and white dog laying on top of a dog print pillow with arm outstretched

Bodhi

Bodhi is a "dignified senior fellow" at around 12 years of age! He likes napping, leisurely walks, having his people home with him, and snacks. He does not like closed doors, being home alone, nor being ignored.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Babb

Black and white dog stoically looking out the window

Bodhi

Bodhi is a "dignified senior fellow" at around 12 years of age! He likes napping, leisurely walks, having his people home with him, and snacks. He does not like closed doors, being home alone, nor being ignored.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Babb

Black and white dog laying with his right paw outstretched

Bodhi

Bodhi is a "dignified senior fellow" at around 12 years of age! He likes napping, leisurely walks, having his people home with him, and snacks. He does not like closed doors, being home alone, nor being ignored.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Babb

A black and brown dog looks at the camera with its head tilted

Astro

Hi, I'm Astro Sullivan. My parents are now empty nesters and ready to travel the world, as soon as the world is ready. When I was a huge part of daily family-life, I liked to chase bird shadows in my backyard. One of my mom's students once slipped this photo of me into the end of their group class presentation with the caption, "Got Questions?" I have my own website. My brother Alex is a NY State Police doggie.

Photo courtesy of Robin Sullivan

A small brown and black dog sitting on a puppy bed

Merlin

This is Merlin. He likes green beans, snuggles, kicking around his food bowl, and barking at trash cans. He hates when people have the nerve to walk by the house, and when the mail comes. He’s a cliche, but a very sweet cliche.  

Photo courtesy of Deb Chiarella

A black and white dog sits starting up in a living area

Riker

Here is my first officer, Riker.
Likes: Exploring strange new worlds, sunbeams, string cheese, and bananas.
Dislikes: Wearing clothes, rain, and lawn mowers.
 
Photo courtesy of Jason Parker

A brown and white dog sits on a rug with a toy and one ear flipped inside out

Logan

This is Logan. His favorite things are his chew toys, his tennis ball, and treats. Loves treats. Also his ears get flipped over sometimes but he don't care.

Photo courtesy of Keith Nichols

A three-legged black and brown dog plays in a grassy back yard

Charley

This is Charley. He's a three-legged, heartworm-beating pupper originally from Memphis. Likes: Snow (eating it mostly), treats, food, chewing on sticks. Dislikes: Sharing anything, being moved when he's comfortable, that one demon dog that walks by the house.

Photo courtesy of Bryan Sajecki

A black and brown dog laying on a couch

Charley

This is Charley. He's a three-legged, heartworm-beating pupper originally from Memphis. Likes: Snow (eating it mostly), treats, food, chewing on sticks. Dislikes: Sharing anything, being moved when he's comfortable, that one demon dog that walks by the house.

Photo courtesy of Bryan Sajecki

A black and brown dog lays on his back

Charley

This is Charley. He's a three-legged, heartworm-beating pupper originally from Memphis. Likes: Snow (eating it mostly), treats, food, chewing on sticks. Dislikes: Sharing anything, being moved when he's comfortable, that one demon dog that walks by the house.

Photo courtesy of Bryan Sajecki

A black, brown and white dog pokes his head up from under a table to look at the camera

Connor

Connor loves going for walks, getting belly rubs and playing with his toys. Between shifts of window watching, he likes to check in on his humans as they work from home. Connor is not a fan of puddles, carrots or squirrels.

Photo courtesy of Molly Maloney

A black, white and brown dog sleeps in a ball on a brown couch.

Connor

Connor loves going for walks, getting belly rubs and playing with his toys. Between shifts of window watching, he likes to check in on his humans as they work from home. Connor is not a fan of puddles, carrots or squirrels.

Photo courtesy of Molly Maloney

A black and white dog stands on a chair to look out a window

Daphne

This is Daphne. She will be two in May. She failed her Therapy Dog test in April because she thinks everyone needs hugs and kisses. She has been our therapy through these last several months. She requires many walks every day along with a good game of fetch. Hopefully soon she can go back to the dog park and visit her friends.

Photo courtesy of JoAnn Swick

A black and white dog sleeps on a bed

Daphne

This is Daphne. She will be two in May. She failed her Therapy Dog test in April because she thinks everyone needs hugs and kisses. She has been our therapy through these last several months. She requires many walks every day along with a good game of fetch. Hopefully soon she can go back to the dog park and visit her friends.

Photo courtesy of JoAnn Swick

A black and white dog sits near a kitchen table

Daphne

Daphne will be two in May. She failed her Therapy Dog test in April because she thinks everyone needs hugs and kisses. She has been our therapy through these last several months. She requires many walks every day along with a good game of fetch. Hopefully soon she can go back to the dog park and visit her friends.

Photo courtesy of JoAnn Swick

Small black and white dog sits on a couch

Baxter

This is Baxter. He may be disabled, but he has his own wheels to get around with!

Photo courtesy of Cindi Tysick

Small black dog sitting on an ottoman

Jeeves

This is Jeeves. Ask him anything!

Photo courtesy of Cindi Tysick

Long-haired brown and white dog sits on a dogbed

Honey

Though she is no longer with us, Honey is still fondly remembered.

Photo courtesy of Cindi Tysick

A golden retriever on its back

Zoey

This is Zoey and she loves belly rubs!

Photo courtesy of Cindi Tysick

A black and white wiener dog-chihuahua mix sitting on a kitchen floor

Chiquita

Chiquita is an 8 year old doggo who might seem small, but trust me, she packs a big bark! She is an opportunist, always sneaking the strangest things into her crate when no one is looking. She was "given away" when someone decided they wanted a bigger dog.

Likes: Cherry tomatoes, her friend Skyler who moved away :-(, her friend Sam Dog, dogs that are bigger than her, and snuggles.
Dislikes: Charley stealing her toys/food/everything, not being the center of attention, the demonic dog that walks by the house sometimes, and being alone.

Photo courtesy of Bryan Sajecki

Small white dog jumps in the air

Jenna

This is Jenna. She is a mill rescue and a bit daft.

Photo courtesy of Cindi Tysick

A small gray dog lounging on the grass in the sun

Herbert

This is Herbert! Herbert is a loveable boy likes to cuddle, take naps, and sunbathe. He really enjoys the duty of guarding his block by window watching and barking at any dog or human walking past his lawn. Birds & squirrels also beware!

Photo courtesy of Sui Mei Grierson

A small gray dog barking at a duck swimming in his pool

Herbert Vs. Duck

Herbert is a loveable boy likes to cuddle, take naps, and sunbathe. He really enjoys the duty of guarding his block by window watching and barking at any dog or human walking past his lawn. Birds & squirrels also beware! In this picture he is facing off with a neighborhood duck!

Photo courtesy of Sui Mei Grierson

Show off your pets!

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Good cats

Two orange tabby cats from behind looking out a window

Caleb and Simba

Caleb (about 6) and Simba (about 12 or 13) have been buddies since the first day we brought Caleb home to the rescue room.  Simba sat on his side of the screen door, just waiting until Caleb was ready to join the household, and then took him under his wing, schooling him in the household routine and of course making sure Caleb knew Simba was the "alpha" cat.  In all my years of rescue, I've never seen two cats instantly bond like that - it's like Caleb was Simba's long lost brother. They love hanging out and napping.  Simba LOVES food, and Caleb LOVES cuddles - especially sleeping in your lap.

Photo courtesy of Pam Rose

Two blond cats sit on the back of a couch

Jesse and Achilles, the Greatest Warrior of Sparta

Photo courtesy of Cindi Tysick

A white cat and a tabby cat cuddle on a knit blanket

Stosh and Sophia

Meet Stosh (tabby) and Sophia. They were adopted together and are best buds. Stosh likes belly rubs and climbing over the back of Mom's chair for snuggles while she's working. Sophia is a shy girl who sets firm boundaries on snuggles with her humans. It's all on her terms (as is only proper). They both love canned food, treats, and talking to the birds who taunt them from outside. They dislike the current federal administration because it makes Mom yell.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Snyder

A white and a tabby cat  rest on a knit blanket

Stosh and Sophia

Meet Stosh (tabby) and Sophia. They were adopted together and are best buds. Stosh likes belly rubs and climbing over the back of Mom's chair for snuggles while she's working. Sophia is a shy girl who sets firm boundaries on snuggles with her humans. It's all on her terms (as is only proper). They both love canned food, treats, and talking to the birds who taunt them from outside. They dislike the current federal administration because it makes Mom yell.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Snyder

A black cat stretched out on a green blanket

Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor
Nicknames: Miss Liz, Mistress of Stealth
Like: breakfast, dinner and snacks...laser pointers are also "kind of fun"
Dislikes: any noise that is not a can opener, dogs and guests

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell

A brown cat sits looking at the camera

Baby Jakes

Baby Jakes loves to eat and bring home special "treats" for his mom. He hates window screens and getting his nails clipped.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Ehlers

A brown cat lays asleep curled in a ball

Baby Jakes

Baby Jakes loves to eat and bring home special "treats" for his mom. He hates window screens and getting his nails clipped.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Ehlers

A black and white cat lays on a deck outside in the sun

Alfred

I'm Alfred. I like making biscuits, flirting, and self-care. I dislike loud noises, Betsy DeVos and how mainstream drag is now.

Photo courtesy of Dan Swick

Blond cat lying on a desk

Jesse

Photo courtesy of Cindi Tysick

Black and white calico cat staring straight at the camera

Chloe

Chloe is an 8 year old black and white and calico kitty who was found in a barn with a brand new litter of kittens. All of her kittens were named after mixed drinks (Cosmo, Martini, Margarita, etc.) and promptly adopted upon being found and cared for. Chloe was all alone and we just couldn't have that! Although she is mostly adorning a solemn look, she has the utmost affection for her family...well except for her doggo sister Chiquita. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Sajecki.

Black and white calico cat striking a pose

Chloe

Chloe is an 8 year old black and white and calico kitty who was found in a barn with a brand new litter of kittens. All of her kittens were named after mixed drinks (Cosmo, Martini, Margarita, etc.) and promptly adopted upon being found and cared for. Chloe was all alone and we just couldn't have that! Although she is mostly adorning a solemn look, she has the utmost affection for her family...well except for her doggo sister Chiquita. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Sajecki

A long-haired black cat sits in a carrier in the front seat of a car

Commissioner Gordon

This is Commissioner Gordon. She is 6 years old, and named after a Batman character. She likes to sleep on her cat tower and her favorite toy is a stingray plush.

Photo courtesy of Jesse O'Reilly

Photo collage of a long haired black cat

Commissioner Gordon

This is Commissioner Gordon. She is 6 years old, and named after a Batman character. She likes to sleep on her cat tower and her favorite toy is a stingray plush.

Photo courtesy of Jesse O'Reilly

A black and white cat sits on a kitchen counter while wearing a rainbow unicorn hat

Oliver

I'm Oliver and I'm a unicorn. No! I'm a cat...too funny! I like cooking, yoga, and acceptance. I dislike negativity, Chihuahuas and gluten free pancake mix.

Photo courtesy of Dan Swick

Three cats sit on a bed, two looking out a window and one lying down looking towards the camera

Cookie, Oreo & Lucy

This is (l-to-r) Cookie, Oreo & Lucy. We like looking at birds out the window & sleeping in the sun on a cozy blanket.

Acknowledgement

Special Thanks to our partners in Stress Relief: UB Health PromotionWhispers Café and the SPCA's Paws for Love program

We look forward to working with you again soon!