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(The Dodo)   A new study confirms what we already knew: the single most effective factor when coping with COVID-19 lockdown wasn't baking sourdough or banana bread or watching Tiger King. It was your hairy, slobbery roommate   (thedodo.com) divider line
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415 clicks; posted to D'awww » on 26 Jul 2022 at 10:30 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-07-26 10:42:29 PM  
We moved at the start of the pandemic, so I've been busy getting things fix, replaced, refinished, etc.  But the dogs have been a constant in our lives.  In fact, one of the first things I had to get done was a couple sections of fencing to block off the back yard so the dogs could go out and run around, dig under the deck trying to catch critters. So, the second thing was adding barriers so they couldn't get under the deck.

Dogs are also one of the best exercise systems around.  They do not accept excuses when it's time for their walk.  Even if it's raining out the back door, you have to harness them up and prove that is also raining in the front of the house.

See:The Door into Summer by Heinlein.
TIL: someone made a movie out of it, just last year.
 
2022-07-26 11:42:36 PM  
Dogs help a lot of people who are hanging on by the skin of their teeth, and that's been me on occasion.

As long as all dogs go to heaven, I'd be fine if no humans ever did. Well, Mr. Rogers should get in.
 
2022-07-27 1:19:19 AM  
You do you, pet owners. But I loved having an online job and no other responsibilities. Having an animal during lockdown would have been annoying, and being stuc6with it now that things are easing up would be a ginormous pain.
 
2022-07-27 8:16:55 AM  
This neighborhood had a sudden influx of abandoned, feral, and stray cats. I was sent home to telecommute just in time to start taming and homing kittens. I also spent some time trapping, neutering or spaying, and releasing cats that were deemed by local cat charities to be too wild to tame and home. As far as I know, only one male cat eluded me. I only see that particular cat once every three or four months now.

Two of the older kittens couldn't be placed and are mine now. A third has arrived every morning for breakfast since Spring 2020, but still will not allow me to touch him nor will he enter the main part of the house. I'm slated to move out of the neighborhood soon. A vet at the local rescue stated it would do him more harm than good to relocate him. She may be right, but I am really worried about him.
 
2022-07-27 8:18:07 AM  

KB202: You do you, pet owners. But I loved having an online job and no other responsibilities. Having an animal during lockdown would have been annoying, and being stuc6with it now that things are easing up would be a ginormous pain.


Blasphemer !
 
2022-07-27 5:04:01 PM  
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