What Must Our Pets Think About the Pandemic?


Since working from home now for almost two months, I wonder about how our pets think about the pandemic. They must wonder what happened.

If I possessed a Dr. Doolittle-like talent, I’d love to ask what our pets think about the pandemic.

I’ve been working from home since St. Patrick’s Day. I haven’t left home other than to visit the grocery store or the pharmacy.

I know my dog, my goofy Collie, loves my being home with him. But at the same time, he’s used to my going to work every morning. I know he spends a lot of the time I’m at work sound asleep (unless he hears something, then he dutifully barks like a guard dog).

But with me home all the time, I also know he’s missing out on some sleep.

This makes him crash that much harder when it’s bedtime. He snuggles up next to me and sleeps pretty soundly right against me.

This “new normal” is temporary. My employer has been very much focused on keeping us safe. They’ve already told us to be prepared to continue working from home through the end of May at least.

So the Collie is getting used to me being around all the time, and I’m happy to report he has not raised any objections.

I wonder if he wonders whether I might have lost my job.

Then I threw him another curveball.

A couple of weeks ago, I used DoorDash for the first time. (I might have been the only person who never tried it before COVID-19.) I wonder what he must think about that as well. First, I’m not going to work. Now, people are dropping off food at our door!

He must think I not only got fired but that we’re now so desperate that we’re on a Meals on Wheels-type program!

If our pets could talk, I’m sure they’d want to know what on earth is happening.

I have to admit that I like being home a lot more. (I’m glad I’m able to do my work from home.) But I’m also glad I’m getting so much more time with my companion. I know he likes this idea, too.

I just hope I don’t wear out my welcome with him. I’d hate to think that he’s ready for me to get out so he can go back to his uninterrupted naps!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.