As much of the country prepares to leave the lockdown, Lucy Corey shared the lessons she learned from the unexpected teacher.
During New Zealand’s first lockdown in 2020, I was targeted by a consistent and highly targeted marketing campaign. Every day, other members of my household would look at me with their dog’s eyes and say, “Can we have a dog, please?”
They both studied their audiences and knew what would work. Spoiler alert: We found a dog. This is Kasmu spoon in the days of these beautiful dogs
I would like to say that the dog’s reluctance to own has made me a better person, or forced me to exercise more, or any of the other lies that people tell themselves about having pets. ۔ But as I sit here, throwing a damp, half-chewed tennis ball for him to chase him from one end of the room to the other, I realize I’ve learned a thing or two from my constant companion. ۔
Here are five Cosmo lockdown life lessons.
Exercise is important, especially outdoor exercise.
There is no such thing as a small fight to isolate yourself so that you realize how good it is to be able to go out. My favorite way to deal with a lockdown is to get up early in the morning, when there are no cars on the road and people can’t get around. Keeping a dog means you have to get out of the house, even when your personal motivation – or the enthusiasm of your bubble members – is low. Everyone feels better after a walk, including a dog.
Everyone needs time alone.
Our little house has a room without Wi-Fi. And no people. Coincidence? This is also the place where the dog wants to go and walk on his own, walking between the cushions on the sofa and walking in the sun. This device-free, very peaceful place to sit. Of course, once you get there, it doesn’t take long for everyone in the house to understand where you are and want to be there, but five minutes of solitude is very relaxing.
Eat as much as you can, but don’t overdo it.
If ever there was a time to focus on food, now is the time. It can be tempting to stick from a chocolate biscuit or a chevy chicken strip to the next, but a proper meal is a great way to break the day. Treatments are important for mental health, but try to save them as a reward for good deeds, or good doggy behavior.
Don’t let yourself go
Cleaned hair? Dirty feet? Smell a little? It may be a while before any of us hang out with other people, but there is no reason to abandon our normal standards. You don’t have to go all the way to Hillary Berry, but rest assured that no one likes to share a sofa with a smelly dog, or a teenager. A little brushing and washing will also save you later lectures from Dog Gromer / Hairdresser.
Nobody likes a barking dog.
In other words, don’t go for less that your full potential. Constant barking is the dog version of being a keyboard warrior on social media. It puts everyone in a bad mood and gets nothing. If a tennis ball is taunting you under the sofa, no amount of barking will change it. In other words: don’t moan, take action!