#Quarantinelife is real folks.
Captains Log, Day 5. The missionaries have returned and restocked the galley. They arrived with an assortment of fresh fruits, kombucha, IPA's and organic dog treats. This should sustain us for a few days. The crew has found solace in their own remote confinement, many of them taking to Yoga and meditation. At this time, we are positive and remain hopeful. - Captain Fly
For the past two weeks, I've seen an increasing number of people online looking for ways to stay entertained, avoid killing their spouse (or roommates) and searching for ways to pass the time. The struggle is real as we all work to flatten the curve without losing our minds and let's be real, some are better at this than others.
Like any #goodhooman I've been thinking of ways to take care of the ones I love and make them (and ultimately myself) feel better during the crisis.
The first one on the list is Fly. TBH, she doesn't know what the heck is going on. I know this, I'm not dense. All she knows is there are more treats, plenty of eco-dog toys to fling around and unlimited pets and snuggles. She is living her best quarantine life.
If you're haven't already figured out ways to dote on your furry friends. Here's a shortlist to complete in a day or so:
Online Training Videos
YouTube is the second-largest search engine in the world, folks. If you didn't already know, there are tons of great training resources out there to better the connection between you and your doggo.
Unfortunately, none of these methods work on retired racing greyhound because they are, #1 Stubborn as hell, #2 Bred to do only two things (run fast and look pretty). In all seriousness though, the only training that has worked for Fly is what we've done with the team at Ruff Life ATX. (Locals, check 'em out) https://rufflifeatx.com/ <3
For the rest of the doggo population, check out the online resources. If those don't work, give Ruff Life ATX a shout.
Organize Your Dog Toy Box
You probably have a bunch of un-loved dog toys. Now is the time to get rid of stuff your pup doesn't love and save them to swap with a furry friend! Adding stuff to the landfill makes us cringe, so save toys and ask other dog parents if they would be interested. If that doesn't work, ask a shelter or rescue group if they need toys. IF you have no other options, find the best way to trash them or recycle them.
Most of us are still allowed to go outside. If you can, make sure you stay away from others (aside from your pup, #socialdistancing). While on your walk, bring an extra baggy with you and pick up trash you find. Smart idea, right?
Studies are showing that the number of hoomans staying home is ACTUALLY HELPING HEAL THE PLANET. Check this out: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/coronavirus-shutdowns-have-unintended-climate-benefits-n1161921
Also, if you need a free hand instead of holding that poop-bag, Dooloop is an awesome product to check out. We have one and love it. https://thedooloop.com/products/the-original-dooloop
Brush Your Dog's Teeth
You and I both know most hoomans avoid this like the plague. It's time to buck-up. You literally have nothing to do right now, so why not help make your pup healthier?
Earlier this week I shared a great organic dog toothpaste on the Vlog, Stuff We Like. It's cruelty-free, organic, made in the USA, no dyes or colorants.
Get the link on the Vlog post here: https://pupcycle.com/blogs/news/stuff-we-like-march-2020
Foster A Buddy
You're going to be home for a few weeks, why not welcome a new buddy to hang with you? Animal Welfare groups will take fosters for a few weeks, months, whatever you can do - and there's no commitment to keep the pup if you really can't. We hope you do, though!
There are a ton of great rescues and shelters out there. If you aren't sure where to start, check out https://www.humanesociety.org/
Welp, that's all I got for ya. Stay safe friends and remember, #Washyourhands.
XX - V