Saturday, 21 March 2020

Companionship and Fresh Air in Troubled Times

Doris Day is quoted to have said, "I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source."

I like that. While the quote doesn't address the strength that I also get from my faith, it does speak to that special bond that I have with my 'little' fur-baby.

OK, at 56 kilos, maybe she's not so 'little.'

In these troubled times the powers that be often preach self-isolation in an effort to flatten the global pandemic curve. As such, perhaps it is even more important now than ever before to get outside in the fresh air and take fur-baby for a walk.

As the world goes nuts, egged on by the media and social media, fear mongering and paranoia run rampant. Combine that with that other equally sad and comical twist, toilet paper, and we're left wondering at the intelligence level of the human race. I'm sure that many of our neighbours by now must certainly have a 40-year supply of toilet paper on hand.

Yes, perhaps it is even more important now than ever before to get outside in the fresh air and take the beloved fur-baby for a walk.

So today fur-baby and I did just that. It was a beautiful day for a walk. We both totally enjoyed the outing. And strange as it may seem for an introvert like me, and especially in these deeply troubling and anti-social times, we even stopped to talk with our neighbours along the way. How about that?!

Well, there you have it. Be safe friends, and do take the necessary prescribed precautions.

But if you're still deeply troubled, as Doris Day mentioned, maybe you need to go to your local animal shelter and adopt a dog. Then get yourselves outside for a walk. The good news is that, in doing so, you can still be self-isolated. The dog will thank you for it in ways that I cannot even begin to describe. Besides, if you're at all like me, you probably could benefit from clearing your self-isolated head in the fresh air. The bonus is that, just maybe, you both may even get a little exercise too.

Peace and Blessings friends.

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