Update:Pets and the Pandemic.

I recently wrote a post about our little mini-Schnauzer June and how she was reacting to the pandemic. Or to put it more precisely, how she was reacting to us, her humans, reacting to the pandemic. When I wrote the post she seemed to be a bit unsettled and needed to be closer to us.

But now, two weeks later, she has adjusted and is back to her usual places in the house and is taking part in her normal activities. Activities like squirrel watching. This is best done from the chaise in our eat-in kitchen.

Sometimes the squirrels are active on the South side of the house.

But sometimes they are on the East!

Squirrel patrol can be tiring and June likes to take a break in her bed.

June is always happy to be out for walks with us on the trails and she likes to be the leader.

The weather has not always been the best. The other day after our trail walk June went out in the back garden and it started to snow! She said she would like to come in.

So I would have to say she has adjusted to the new pandemic routine. Or perhaps it is us, her humans, who have come to an acceptance of it.

I had lots of interesting comments both here on WordPress, and on Facebook, to the first post about pets and the pandemic. Some people had pets who were quite unfazed by it. Others, especially dog owners, had pets who were trying hard to engage their humans in activity by bringing them toys or staying closer than usual. Cats however were different. They either did not give a damn about what the humans were up to or, in classic cat fashion, made it clear that the humans were hanging around home far too much and intruding on their private time.

Have your pets adjusted to the new routines in the lock-downs?

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  1. I also changed my way of walking since lockdown. Trompie(mini Schnauzer) doesn’t mind getting up a bit later but when I take too long to get dressed and have my breakfast he’ll keep on peeping around the door to see if I’m coming. I also hide and then he gets very excited and would stay at my side till we go out the door. He also loves to greet every dog and human beings. During this time of spacing upsets him because he wants to greet all. Trompie is the same as June when it comes to keeping an eye on the passers-by. He’ll stand at the back door and as soon as the neighbours cat enters the gate he’ll charge to the dog door and barks at the other side of the house where the cat usually sits looking at birds in my garden. Stay save and look after yourself.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Trompie sounds quite a bit like June. June can see people walking down along our road and she growls at them. I have to tell you they are about 500 feet away but she still spies them and thinks she must growl. Thanks for commenting and sharing your life with Trompie. Stay well!

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      1. I also know who is passing by the way he is barking or commenting on the movements.

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  2. She’s so cute! I guess they adjust faster that people and then they try their best to make people adjust too 😉🐕💕

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  3. Our older guy has enjoyed the chance to get some more sleep with us home. Out younger guy seems to figure that it is all a big game for his benefit.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well June is still just a puppy at 9 months and full of energy so it is good she is able to use that for chasing the balls outside and running along the trails. I like the idea that both of your fellows have adapted to the humans being home more and are making the best of it.

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  4. JD says:

    My dog feels it’s her mission to say hello to everyone human she meets. In this respect, quarantine has been very hard on her. She’s so social and doesn’t understand why her neighborhood friends (and us) are keeping a distance away. But at home she’s fine. Nice post, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The quarantine must be hard for her if she likes to meet up with people. Our dog, June, doesnt understand why she can’t meet up with other dogs while we are out walking. Normally we would talk to the owners but now we are waving from the other side of the street. Thanks for commenting JD and stay well.

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  5. Auntysocial says:

    I’m an early bird anyway but for the last few weeks I’ve been setting the alarm to get up just as light is starting to peep and birds are starting to tweet. Have two border collies that need or are used to several off-lead walks and play-outs so we’ve been getting up sooner means they have full and free run of all the fields, farmland and river. They come up to sort horses with me as normal but interestingly, both seem to really get more out of their morning walk and I’m sure it’s because of all the scents from wild animals pottering around the place without being trudged and masked by humans.

    Eldest dog just usually runs around like a rocket but she takes it easy first thing and potters, sniffs, has a wee, potters and trots, has a wee and sniffs.

    Youngest pees on everything she’s already had a pee on and they both weave and track all the smells and untouched ground.

    We’re also the only people still living on our lane after flooding in Feb everyone moved into temporary housing or B&B and hotels whilst the work was done to fix up properties. Just us right at the end of a private farm track it’s actually quite nice having the place to ourselves.

    Old, short but sweet clip of them both playing and dossing and messing about (minus any peeing)

    Dogs seldom mind the world being a bit upside down as long as we’re in it 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this great comment! I think there are a lot more wild animals around now with less traffic and your road and space sounds perfect. I enjoyed the video. Our little dog loves to chase a ball too. She doesn’t always want to give it back though!

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  6. Laura says:

    Nice post Anne, June is quite a character and so cute. My cat, Mandy and I are a team, we have bonded and have an unusual form of communication, she “tells” me that she is not a typical cat and quite happy with having me around more, she snuggles with me when I am writing or reading, so she’s a happy camper, to her, more “mom” is better.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      That is wonderful Laura. Thanks for this comment 💕

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  7. Paula Light says:

    My cat and my roommate’s cat both seem more… interactive with me and with each other. 😻😻

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    1. anne leueen says:

      That sounds positive. I always think cats make a decision to interact with us or not so it sounds like yours have decided they want to do this.

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  8. Mark Tulin says:

    Pets do feel our anxiety. And there’s plenty of it currently.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree and I think that since my husband and I have settled into our routine and accepted it our little dog is less stressed. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      1. Mark Tulin says:

        That’s terrific, Anne. Much peace and health.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Peace and good health to you too Mark

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  9. I enjoyed the photo series of your dog here- very clever! I have horses, barn cats and an indoor cat. Horses and barn cats are carrying on as usual. So is my indoor cat. He is extremely affecionate and has been a great source of company after I adopted him from a shelter several years ago. Glad June has adjusted!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Good to hear your animals are all doing well. Nice to know you have a rescue cat. I think the rescues know they are lucky and repay us with affection. My daughter has a rescue cat and he has helped her through some tough times. Now he is the king of the castle. 😃

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