Some University of Winnipeg students got a much-needed break between exams, papers and projects on Thursday with the help of some four-legged friends.

Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue brought the canine companions — Simon, Jasper, Maestro and Corduroy — to the downtown campus in the afternoon.

The dog rescue group and the University of Winnipeg Students' Association teamed up to offer relief to students during the busy exam period.

Click on the player above to watch a short video by CBC videographer Sara Calnek, who checked out the special study break.