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THE COURIER/Photos and video by Melissa Chan
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Queens College Student Association leaders Raj Maheshwari (left) and Matthew Louie (right) posed with pups and David Dietz of Puppy Paradise.

Dog-tired Queens College students, cramming during finals week, put their studying on “paws” to pet some fluffy pooches.

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Nearly 3,000 scholars visited the “Puppy Room” at the college’s library this week to de-stress with the help of some cute canines.

“The response has been overwhelming. The demand is incredible,” said Matthew Louie, president of the Student Association, which created the pet fest. “Students seem livelier. Some are actually coming down to the puppy room before every final.”

Six pups and two adult dogs from Puppy Paradise, a pet spa and resort in Brooklyn, were on hand from Dec. 16 to 18 to help students unwind.

They helped sophomore Samantha Mustafich momentarily forget about her upcoming three finals, including a dreaded calculus exam.

“I’m just so stressed. I [came here] all three days,” said Mustafich, 16, of Fresh Meadows. “The puppies put me in such a good mood. I feel like I can do it.”

The tail waggers ranged in age from 12 weeks to 13 years old. They included a Boston terrier, dachshund, Yorkshire terrier-poodle, a one-year-old Australian shepherd named Edward Scissorhands and Jimmy, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever.

Rolf Swensen, the college’s acting chief librarian, watched in amazement.

“Have you ever seen so many smiles during finals week?” he asked. “The grades will go up — watch.”

 

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