While he's away at college, Greeley, Colo., native Tyler Ficek misses his peppy, slobbery golden retriever, Maylee.
So when a friend sent him a picture of a nearly identical dog Tuesday night, Ficek was curious.
"I got the picture while I was studying for finals, and I came right over," Ficek said. "I practically ran."
The dog Ficek met was Kimball, a 4-year-old purebred golden retriever who is trained as a therapy dog through the Hastings dog therapy group K-9s and Friends.
Six trainers and eight canines from the organization visited Hastings College Tuesday night to help students unwind and relax during finals week. The college's mental health club, Active Minds, has brought the dogs to campus for several years as part of De-Stress Fest, a whole evening dedicated to stress-relieving activities.