Hello Friend! Wondering where I’ve been lately? At home – living with furloughed Therapy Doodles since the beginning of April…
me us, life hasn’t been too terribly awkward. We have not lost a family member to Coronovirus (as I pray the same for you) and because of that – I consider us slightly “inconvenienced” and not devastatingly “affected.” #blessed
While I comprehend the importance to sheltering in place, I quickly realized the Boys did not understand. As therapy dogs they were trained and encouraged to approach strangers, then everything changed.
There is no way to explain “social distancing” to them. Their lifestyle has gone from 60 to zero – instantly! Furloughed are the days experiencing a daily Doodle-dose of human contact…
The first eleven days they were Doodle-lated to have me home, day after day #afterday
Today (day seventy eight) they still appreciate my presence – but I sense they also hunger for other humans to smell.
For two years a huge chunk of their days were spent around dozen’s of patients, family members and medical personnel. Over night that all changed. Will they ever have that experience again?…
THERAPY DOOD LIFE –
The explosive growth of our program, gave way for Harley to work a part-time schedule. He turned eleven in 2019 and his pace slowed down shortly thereafter. Not wanting to accelerate the aging process, his office visits decreased to one (possibly two) days per week.
The first quarter of 2020 he became my special events Dood. He’d attend meetings and accept special request visits from reoccurring patients returning for inpatient procedures.
Jaxson, however, worked the brunt of the week – which allowed him to expel all that Doodle energy.
A full day at the hospital for Jax started about 7:45am and ended a little after 5pm. Often he would eat dinner in my office as I closed out my day.
Suffice to say, they both appreciated their days off – in-between to “chill”…
OUR CURRENT SITUATION –
Three weeks prior to our temporary change in employment, I worked remotely. Initially I believe they thought this was a vacation.
As the days of the week started to blend together – my presence started to lose its fizz. I became a “regular” here in Doodleville.
Once my professional status changed to “temporarily unemployed” Lee and I started tackling outdoor projects together. This new career includes daily jaunts to Lowe’s, and of course the Boys are in tow. Social distancing is impawsible with these two, so the three of us remain in the truck while Lee shops. Harley & Jaxson people watch…
Observing them as they gaze at the flurry of humans coming and going in the parking lot helped me realize how much they miss other humans.
Living with a pandemic is a challenge for ALL of us as we navigate life everyday. I can’t imagine what my Doods (and all pets for that matter) are experiencing with such an abrupt change in their routines.
BC (before Corona) they loved to play in the backyard – just the two of them. The other day, I let them outside and because I didn’t go out there with them, they remained on the steps…
They’ve never been that clingy #saranwrapdoodles
A WHOLE NEW WORLD –
I don’t like to call this our new normal, I prefer to look at it as our “new world.” I believe things will get better, and THAT will become the new normal.
During this down-time I’ve been working on strengthening their response to certain commands and I’m re-writing my “A-Z Goldendoodle” book (can’t wait for you to read it!).
When I’m writing, Harley keeps my schedule for me. Based on his standards – if I’ve been in front of the computer too long – he gently reminds me when it’s time to take a break and have some fun with them…
I’m forced to comply!
We take long walks, run around the house driving Lee crazy and spend time cuddling on the porch. I’m taking good care of them, and they’re taking DOODLE-TASTIC care of me!
I don’t know when the Therapy Dog program will be reinstated. To help our Healthcare Heroes – who miss the pups so much – we created a hospital YouTube page so they (along with patients) could see how many of the therapy pups are spending their days during this hiatus. “Virtual” pet therapy seemed like a viable option in the interim.
Here’s Jaxson’s 60 seconds of fame…
The beaches in our area have slowly started to open up. Pawhaps in late June we will venture out in the wee hours of the morning for some Doodle-surf time. But of course (like all plans) this is predicated on how the southern region handles this forecast of increased Covid-19 cases coming our way.
If you’ve noticed your pet is bored, restless confused and/or unsettled since the pandemic started, this article may offer some helpful insight and suggestions: Important things pet owners should to know and do while social distancing, according to veterinarians
I hope and pray you and your family are safe and healthy. Please let me know how your pets are handling any changes this virus has created in their lives.
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. ❤️ Joyce Meyer