In depressing news (yeah, I know, fitting), this article really stinks.
Not because it's wrong or anything, but it just goes to show another layer to the coronavirus pandemic that many of us have thought about.
America’s pets are luxuriating in dreamy, continual proximity to their owners. Well, not all. “Cats are annoyed,” says William Berloni, who trains animals for the stage (Annie, Legally Blonde) and screen (Billions). “Mine are like, Why are you in the bedroom? What are you doing here?” But dogs are in paradise, certain—or as certain as we can be about what dogs think—that this newfound dynamic will last forever. “They assume it’s a new lifestyle,” Berloni says. “They’re thinking, Finally our owners know that we want to be with them 24/7.”
You always have to find the positive in the negative. Yeah, it stinks being on lockdown, but if you have a dog, at least he/she is beyond ecstatic that you are there.
There's a great scene in Rocky where he goes up to Butkus and says, "I wish I was you sometimes." Life was weighing heavy on Rocky in that moment and he just wanted to be a dog, who only thinks about the then and now. That's the problem for dogs across the world right now. They think their owner is going to be home all the time. They don't know that their owner has to go back to work eventually.
But there’s a problem: Dogs are becoming “overly bonded,” which means they’re intensely reliant on our presence to stay calm. Dogs signal this when they can no longer self-soothe and panic after an owner leaves a room or, God forbid, the house. It has to be addressed now—long before your dog is left home, solo, for long stretches when you return to the office—to avoid doggie meltdowns.
This has me all emotionally fucked up right now. The dogs are gonna be so sad once this pandemic is over.
Andrea Arden, owner of Andrea Arden Dog Training in New York, is already seeing these tantrums happen in puppy playgroups. “The minute their person walks away, they’re pretty hysterical,” she says. “Rather than being a little bit stressed”—as in normal times—“they’re really, really concerned—vocalization, excessive panting, and an overall worried demeanor.”
I don't want this pandemic to last forever. No one does. If it does, though? At least the pups around the world will be happy.
We don't deserve dogs.