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Drayco, Brio and Tucker are campus heroes

Unconditional love is the only cure for heartache and homesickness.

At Queens, Drayco, Brio, and Tucker provide both at no cost to visitors to the Student Health & Wellness Center on the southside of campus.

The mixed breed dogs deliver seemingly endless kisses with tails wagging in the cozy cottage that was built in 1935.  It is the center for undergraduate student health and counseling, and the dogs add an extra degree of warmth, said owner Jill Perry who directs the center and is its full-time nurse.

"I started bringing Drayco when I started as a nurse here and students really seemed to enjoy getting to know him," she says. "Now we've added Brio and Tucker to the mix and we have students come over just to say hello, even when they're not sick. It's amazing what a comfort the dogs can be."

Perry and her staff care for hundreds of students every semester, treating everything from minor injuries to full on flu viruses.  She has been at Queens since 2006.

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