With exams to write and papers due, this is the most stressful time of year for college and university students.

Some students at Carleton University got a break from the books today with a visit from man’s best friend.

Jack isn’t just any golden retriever. He is a therapy dog.

He and his owner, CTV Morning Live Anchor Annette Goerner, have been volunteering over the past year.

“It’s a great way to be able to give back. When you have a dog who loves people as much as he does, why not share it?” said Goerner.

University students can’t think of a better break from the books.

“They’re so loving and are happy all the time. Why not, in this type of atmosphere (we’re doing exams), why not come see something that’s going to love you regardless and give you kisses.”

Therapy dogs like Jack visit 80 facilities across Ottawa and Gatineau, from schools to retirement homes.

“The ladies we see every Monday afternoon have Alzheimer’s and dementia. We’ve been going there for a year now. I’m told by the staff there it’s making a big difference,” said Goerner.

If you're interested in volunteering, visit www.ottawatherapydogs.ca