My eternal dream of adopting a dog finally came true a year before the pandemic, without my being able to suspect the sum of happiness and comfort that our Billy would bring into our lives during this gloomy period.
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No one could have predicted that a pandemic would test us all so much. No more than it was possible to imagine how much this adorable furry beast held all the potential to help get through this crisis while keeping morale and shape.
Clearly, a dog has no equal when it comes to adding even more life to a home. First, you have to meet your needs, which means, among other things, that you have to move around and be entertained enough. This, unfortunately, many people are not aware of it before making their choice. We will come back to that.
In the case that concerns us, it was very well thought out. But it still represents several hours of walking, running and training a day with Billy the Australian Labradoodle. There is no special day, and that’s great for us too, who are feeling the benefits in so many ways.
A whole world
There is also an unsuspected side that comes with adopting this four-legged being. The world of dogs brings people together, it is how fascinating!
During the outings, we chat with other dog owners, wonderful people to whom we had never spoken, or so few, and who have become friends.
In times of pandemic, forging links and chatting with people you appreciate (always respecting physical distance and instructions, that goes without saying), it also brings its share of comfort and happiness.
Then, a happy dog is second to none for giving you a festive welcome when you return home. And that’s true even if you’ve only been gone a few minutes. It warms your heart instantly!
Even better, the cuddling sessions with this furball reconnect you to the essentials and are invaluable assets in the fight against stress and anxiety.
You can read many emotions and thoughts in the eyes of a dog, whose intelligence surpasses that of all other domestic animals. It gives off an amazing bond with members of the family, even extended ones.
No doubt about it: Billy is an integral part of our family.
As mentioned above, however, one should be aware that with the adoption of a dog comes many responsibilities as well. It’s a way of life, as a couple of friends who have always lived with one or more dogs rightly told us.
The first few months you sleep less, you have to familiarize yourself with all kinds of behaviors and training methods. We must also get to know our new friend, in order to meet his needs.
Then there are all the costs associated with adopting this adorable beast. It is necessary to plan visits to the veterinarian, vaccines, toys, accessories of all kinds. It costs a fortune!
Do not forget to get adequate information, especially before choosing the breed. Many dogs need five to six hours of movement a day. Is your yard fenced? Will it have enough space?
We must ask all these questions and many others upstream. This will prevent many sad stories that end in dropouts.
On our side, the attachment to our Billy turns out beyond anything we could have thought, and we are far from being the only ones. You can’t say thank you to him, but obviously he gets it right that we love and appreciate him. You only have to look him in the eye to understand him.
The best part is that the pandemic will disappear, but not this beautiful bond with Billy, which will brighten our lives for many years to come.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116