This is a good thing because dogs will transmit the latest coronavirus otherwise my dog will be awful to follow the instructions.
We are two months out and still, my boy, Coco, has cabin fever. In fact, it was so bad she scrupulously created tunnels in our backyard for the neighboring dogs to play dates.
She has never been able to reach entirely under the fence until recently when she dug a medium-size pit. Just one foot or two will go through or the front of her snout. Both my friend and I tried to cover the hole with clay, but Coco just kept digging each time she went out.
Her success came during working hours in the middle of the week.
I was at the kitchen table working on my phone when I heard my 2-year-olds laugh along with Blippi when Steve and Maggie (they were starting to blend along). The puppy had raced her fuzzy companions up and down the perimeter fence to divide them nearly every day to go outside.
Which is, it was done with social isolation before she agreed.
The next thing I know, I get my neighbor’s pictures and video text messages. The neighbor dog, Max, played Coco. There. She eventually squeezed under the fence and sprung up on the other side.
I haven’t been shocked ever. The day was going to come I thought. Coco is sly and clever. She had already run to pursue our other neighborhood dog under the fence. When she tried to sneak in like an evil teenager and got her head stuck below the fence, I had to reserve her.
I saw the neighborhood puppy, who is around the même era, running zooms from my deck across the yard. They are dating puppies. My children smiled, I chuckled, my friend. It was a welcome experience to bring us out of the distancing social slump.
And it made me realize how important my dogs and my family are. Dogs are families, indeed. I am so glad to share my experience with my young children as I have grown up with dogs all my life. Both boys like pets and animals, and our pets can show them a affection and a bond that is different from anything we do.
When all of our family has been thrown from our routine and we all keep up to a new normal, the comfort of our previous routine still lies with our dogs. More often they take me and my boys out of the house on walks in the vicinity or to the backyard to stretch out our legs.
Without these mad dogs around, life will be a little thin, so I’m grateful that during the rough time they might give our family some entertainment.
Two small boys Kendra Perley is a mom who keeps her occupied. If boys don’t weird, she is a well-known freelance writer who enjoys helping businesses lift their goods and services by speaking terms. On her blog, The Maternal Canvas, you can find more of her family stories.