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05-Mar-2021 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Please Don't Give Me Away


COVID US News One Year Ago Flashback
March 5, 2020
“There are 205 cases of novel coronavirus in the US.”

“Lyft urges office employees to work from home.”

“US stocks finished sharply lower on Thursday, with all three major indexes closing down more than 3%. Worries about the global coronavirus outbreak once again spurred a selloff in stocks.”

“Vice President Mike Pence said the United States doesn’t have enough coronavirus tests, at this point, to meet what officials expect to be the demand for them in the future.”

Forward to the Present Time US COVID News
March 5, 2021

“There are 28,886,897 of novel coronavirus in the US.” John Hopkins University

“Infectious diseases expert on relaxing Covid-19 restrictions: ‘We're walking into the mouth of the monster,’"

“After states lift restrictions, CDC says mask mandates can reduce deaths.”

“According to a survey, 1 in 3 people – and nearly 1 in 2 Gen Zers – say they got a new pet during the pandemic. = Pet owners are now wondering – and worrying – about what a post-pandemic life may look like for them and their pets. 63% say increased time at home has made them think more about how their pets can fit into their workday post-pandemic. In fact, 1 in 5 owners – including 1 in 3 Gen Zers and 1 in 5 millennials – are considering rehoming their pets if they can't bring them to the office when they return to work.” Cison PR Network

About the Photograph:

Not a chance, we’d ever part with any one of our 3 girls.
Frankly, I don’t understand Gen Zers or Millennials who “want it all” or nothing. At the time when you add a pet to your family, you need to think of the future & not just the present.

Being in the over 40 crowd, we would not add a pet “just because of” the pandemic; like so many have done.

However, if I could travel to Bella’s breeder in Italy right now, I would add another puppy to our house hold ASAP. A new puppy would honor Puffkin, Sparki, & Sari who went to the Rainbow Bridge during the pandemic. No puppy can replace any of them because they each were totally irreplaceable. As Bailey approaches middle age, we were thinking “new puppy” before the pandemic hit. We want the young dogs in the house to connect and have time with the older dogs; NOT replace them. For us, any possible new puppy will now have to wait until 2022 or whenever things are “safer for travel” than they are during a pandemic. Although losing our seniors has left a large hole in our hearts, we are in no hurry now to get a puppy. That will happen whenever the time is right.

As for life post pandemic, I know that our dogs will readjust to whatever we do. That’s the way it was “before”.

A lot of my “normal” job required extensive travel. I’m hopeful that my life post pandemic will go back to normal & again include work out in the field. Meanwhile, my office is at home. That means, a lot of time, too, with the dogs. Pre pandemic, the dogs were used to my not being home for weeks at a time. While at other times, they were also used to my being with them most of the day. My husband worked a normal 9 to 5 - plus a 90 minute daily commute. I don’t know if things will ever return to that, but if things did, the dogs would adjust and still be happy. Quality time with us is what makes them happy. In between, they have each other and are emotionally well adjusted. We have a family here.

Interestingly, my husband says our dogs do enjoy the novelty of now seeing him first time in the morning at 6 AM when he goes into our kitchen and logs in remotely to his office. But then, after they’ve said good morning and had a couple of minutes outside, the Chihuahuas only want to go back to bed until after I finally get up. The dogs and I have never been early risers. I’m alpha and the pack follows my lead. When I travel (or did in the past), my hubby does double duty in giving them super attention. That was possible; even with his 9 to 5, away-from-home, office job.

So I don’t understand why “1 in 3 Gen Zers and 1 in 5 millennials” would consider “rehoming their pets if they can't bring them to the office when they return to work.” Why???

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Hank Vander Velde06-Mar-2021 21:45
Beautiful portrait Liz.
Mairéad06-Mar-2021 21:33
This is a really sweet image of Bella.
I think it's the same here - lots of people got lockdown puppies and the animal rescues are dreading
what will happen when the owners go back to work.
Blandine Mangin06-Mar-2021 18:29
joli portrait de Bella ! v
Helen Betts06-Mar-2021 15:31
What an adorable capture of Bella, and not a chance!
waterfalls man06-Mar-2021 10:57
Great Shot V!!
laine06-Mar-2021 06:55
A lovely photo, disturbing statistics. :(
joseantonio06-Mar-2021 04:41
nice and lovely pose.V.