I admit that early on in this pandemic when everyone was locked firmly in their homes all tucked away with time on their hands, I was a bit jealous as I crawled out of bed at five and made my way to the office to work nonstop for hours without end. But looking back, there are some obvious benefits to having had to get out and continue to participate in some ‘normal’ things on a regular basis when everyone else was faced with all of the unknown in the world. One of the weirdest benefits, one that we haven’t really talked a ton about in all of this discourse, was the impact on my pup.
Daebak, my little man in a brown suit, is heart-achingly in love with me. When I’m home, he is always by my side. He doesn’t like to eat unless he knows exactly where I am and he gets super jealous when my husband gets all up in my space in his presence. If I had been home 24/7 for months on end, I don’t know how he would have handled my eventual return to life. The trauma on his little co-dependent heart might have broken my own. But luckily – if I can call it lucky – I’ve still been going to the office more days than not and he’s been following his normal napping routine during business hours. He is over the moon when people come to visit, even with their masks on, and he was absolutely delighted that Stephanie dog sat him when my fam and I took a pandemic getaway into the mountains.
Things still feel pretty normal to him and he is still blissfully balancing his relationship with me (which requires moving from room to room at a moment’s notice) with his need to sleep at least 16 hours a day. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I hope everyone remembers that as articulated by the great and powerful Colde, Your Dog Loves You and that’s not something you should take lightly. Remember to cut them some slack when you start to get out and about again if they act up a little. They’ve been by your side through thick and thin and it’s going to freak them out when you suddenly start disappearing for hours on end.
You’re Dog Loves You, Colde (Ft. Crush)