Rather than trying to figure out life during a pandemic in 2020, sometimes it’s better to forget about it for a while, and take the dog for a walk.
Following protocol, of course.
We were very fortunate to have gotten a new dog the year before COVID-19 paralyzed the world.
It was something the family had discussed at great length over the years and we decided the time was right for us.
During the pandemic, the dog has been a great source of comfort for the whole family, kids included, especially when cabin fever ramps up the tension and anxiety.
Sometimes we don’t realize the toll a global pandemic can have on oneself and one’s family, even if we’re fortunate enough to stay employed and in some sort of routine.
In some cases, the pandemic has brought family together. In others, it’s only highlighted the trouble that always existed.
Unlike the family, dogs always listen, never give their opinion, don’t judge you on the way you are or how you are feeling — their love is unconditional.
Okay, so is a family member (maybe), but are they as cuddly and forgiving?
So if you’re feeling a little fatigued from COVID-19 — or the Thanksgiving leftovers — get outside, even if only for a few minutes at a time. Walk longer if you can.
It is needed for your sanity in this suddenly secluded world.
And by the way, you don’t need a dog for the walk.
However, it does seem to be the only thing we can hug right now.