Dog walking could possibly be the healthiest thing for one’s mental health during these uncertain times.
Even for the naysayers, the evidence is conclusive enough that even they have mostly caved in & gotten an animal companion. A declared pandemic is a good situation to reconsider one’s priorities. While before anti-pet people would value above other things their independent streak, that has been halted.
Couples with no children may have gotten to enjoy the feeling of having potentially fewer responsibilities. Since having a dog is akin to dealing with a toddler, getting a pet would be seen as bound to take a cherished lifestyle before having someone feel ready to take that on.
For those that used to look for excuses against having a pet, they were easy to find. Having visiting pets from acquaintances pee on one’s new rugs is more common than you’d think. Unceremoniously snatching bread left to cool off that has just been baked. Or destroying a container to get to the food.
Then covid made even the most soulless think things through. Weeks of monotony, with weekdays looking like weekends produces enough time to see new perspectives. If one’s going to be at home, apart from who knows when from social activities we’d grown to love, might as well try the puppy ‘thing’.
This has been shown to be non-unique thinking. Nursing homes were right all along. Bringing a pet into an isolated person’s life significantly lowers perceived depression, anxiety & loneliness. Instead of naming it a pandemic puppy, it’s more like an ‘emergency pup’.
Companion animals are also more prone to at least maintain, but more likely to increase a person’s healthy level of physical activity. & not only adoption but also fostering rates of animal companions have jumped up significantly, proportionate to each other (adoption rates increases fostering ones).
Coming up next, we’ll delve even deeper into how much more our collective perception has further changed during these times in relation to caring for animals, particularly canines.