Coping with the pandemic is often just a pooch away

It has not been easy for anyone here in the pandemic summer of 2020. Covid-19 has, in some cases, created irreparable damage to individual lives and certainly careers. Many people have been turning to therapy, medication, alcohol, the usual things we humans reach for in difficult times

However, there might be just an ever-so-slight bright spot in all this madness. As we seek to find ways in dealing with our new normal, we’re turning more and more to bringing home a new addition to the family. In the process, we’re saving more than just one life.

Adoptions are up across the country.  In some cases I’ve read where every dog needing a home has found one and the kennels are actually empty. Sad they don’t always stay that way, but some shelters are building up a backlog of people wanting to adopt. In most cases, we’re talking quality adopters who truly come seeking more than just a handbag.

These are always dogs who have so much love to give, and I cannot stress enough how people should look at the older dogs. By older, sometimes that can be just 4 or 5 years of age. They desperately need someone new, having been loved in many cases and now simply abandoned. A lot of families are tight on money, and the dog, along with other pets, are sometimes the first to go. I’ve seen far too many cases where they are often just dumped on the road instead of the shelter.

The pandemic has made us all think long and hard about life, and what we do with it. There is nothing finer than sharing the simple act of love with those in need, whether 2, 3 or 4-legged. These are the wonderful, beautiful, touching stories that we will look back on and say, “remember how that ball of fur saved us in the pandemic year?”

That’s what I mean, it’s more than saving one life. It’s saving us all.

With that, the love lasts well past the years spent together.

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