The Best Thing About Having a Dog During a Pandemic is that Dogs Don't Give a Hoot About Pandemics

Roz Warren

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For me, a 66-year-old woman, Covid-19 is an ever-present danger. A cause for alarm. A threat that keeps me awake at night.

But for Captain the Yorkie-Poo?

Not so much.

While we humans are responding to the Coronapocalypse by binge-watching dire news reports, suffering panic attacks, and just generally freaking out, our dogs are having the time of their lives.

Captain’s loved ones are suddenly at home 24/7. Which means? Unlimited companionship. Lots of tummy rubs. Extra walks!

And lots and lots of being held by anxious family members.

It doesn’t get better than that.

Being stuck at home all day may be driving you nuts but your dog will never tire of your being there. If the current pandemic lasted for years?

Captain would be thrilled.

In fact, I just read a news story about a dachshund who was so happy to have his family home all the time that he wagged so much he sprained his tail.

“[Rolo]has been so happy that everyone is home for quarantine,” his owner reported, “that his tail has stopped working… and the vet said ‘he had sprained his tail from excessively wagging it.’ ”

Imagine being hurt from an excess of happiness. What a fabulous way to experience a pandemic!

Captain, unlike me, has zero anxiety about Covid. He has no idea that there’s a killer virus out there to be apprehensive about. He’s also totally unaware of all of the small problems that come with this pandemic, like the absence of toilet paper we experienced when this thing began.

Captain, if he knew about it, would find the whole idea of toilet paper ridiculous. Or even toilets, for that matter. As far as Captain is concerned, the whole wide world is his toilet.

The best thing about Captain’s lack of anxiety about Covid? When I’m holding him, my own anxiety level goes down. Why? Because I’m living in his world. And in Captain’s world, everything’s okay.

Not just okay. Everything’s fabulous.

In these challenging times, I am grateful for Captain’s companionship and cheerfulness and good company. And, as I try to survive the pandemic, I’m doing my best to follow his lead:

Live in the moment. Enjoy each day as it comes. Savor the company of your loved ones.

Don’t Worry. Be Happy. (The Yorkie-Poos’ theme song!)

Now, if you’ll excuse me? I’m going to take somebody for a walk.

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Roz Warren, the author of JUST ANOTHER DAY AT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, has appeared on both the Today Show and Morning Edition, writes for everyone from the Funny Times to the New York Times, and has been included in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul collections. Drop her a line at roSwarren@gmail.com.

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