We can count on our dogs, our loyal companions, to remain by our side through life’s ups and downs — even when things get really, really tough. And right now, we need them more than ever. As the coronavirus continues to devastate our country (and world), we are leaning on them for love and support. (Their funny antics provide a nice distraction, too.)
We asked a few dog parents how their best friend is comforting them during the coronavirus.
Here is what they had to say:
Puts things in perspective.
Chewie has been helping us cope with the coronavirus situation by simply being himself. He’s more than happy to be home and safe, reminds us to take naps and always offers unconditional love. He makes sure we spend safe time outside in the backyard every day to get some sun and exercise.
Dogs have figured out the secret to life: don’t sweat the small stuff and take everything step by step.
— Sarah Gottlieb, Chewie’s mom
Keeps us going.
Our dogs have brought a lot of comfort to our home during these times. Aside from the constant snuggles they also help us maintain some sort of schedule with their daily walks and feedings. Our walks are short, but it’s nice to get outside. Plus, getting to hold the leash is a big responsibility and keeps little sis from touching her face and picking things up from the ground!
— Lisa Jee, Gizzy’s mom
Provides us with positive energy.
I am thankful for Reagan every single day, but now, during this health crisis, I am even more thankful for him! He’s my constant companion and stress-reliever. He helps to keep things pawsitive around here – just by being his cute and cuddly self.
He loves to pose for the photos I post on social media. He doesn’t even realize it, but he’s not only helping me get through these uncertain times – he’s adding a bit of joy and smiles to other people’s lives as well.
— Sandi Swiridoff, Reagan’s mom
Helps us with our overall well-being.
Champ and Tyson have helped me mentally, emotionally and physically during this time of social distancing and uncertainty. Whether it be a walk, a smile, a kiss, a hug, a cuddle session, playing a game or just petting them, having them by my side has made life still enjoyable and losing my job less upsetting and stressful. I honestly can’t imagine what life right now would be like with them in it.
— Kelly Boccieri, Champ and Tyson’s mom
Keeps us smiling.
Bowser has definitely comforted us during this coronavirus by providing us with a lot laughter and keeping us company while we work from home. He makes a great co-worker and joins us for daily Zoom work meetings. And having a dog in your lap while working makes you happier during this stressful time.
— David Ha, Bowser’s dad