It's been 10 months since this covid-19 pandemic has started and I hate to start my first blog post off on a somewhat negative point, but it's a fact of life we just can't ignore. Thankfully, vaccines are finally being distributed and soon we can go back to living our busy and social lives again. I can't wait to go visit my family in North Carolina and Florida and go on some vacations with my husband and dogs, even just go out to eat at a restaurant, or see a movie in theaters or better yet go to a live music concert again! Heck, I even miss the most simple human interactions; striking up a conversation with someone about their dogs while out on a walk. Sadly, we've all adapted to averting our eyes and making a beeline across the street whenever we see anyone walking towards us. I get it, 6 feet distance for health and safety but with all this downtime and social isolation it became increasingly difficult to cope with a new way of life for a seemingly never-ending time.
Instead of pointing out the obvious, let's try to look on the bright side. There is lots of research to show that pets are a great source of comfort and companionship. Take it from me, my college senior research thesis was titled "Service and Therapy Dogs within the Military Community: Meeting the Wellness Needs for Optimal Morale and Work Performance." It discussed in detail the physical, phycological, emotional and social benefits that dogs present to humans. And here we thought they were just mooching off of our kindness of feeding them, giving them a place to sleep, toys to play with, exercise and love. Really our relationship with our pets is extremely mutually beneficial! Just like the saying goes, "Who rescued who?" So it's no wonder there was a huge rise in pet adoption during this past year when we all needed a form of comfort in a very uncomfortable time. I am a proud volunteer for a local rescue, hart90.org, (Where we got Belle from in December 2019) and now I complete the virtual home checks for potential adopters to make sure their home is safe for a new rescue animal, and to make sure that all the residents and animals living there currently are on-board and prepared to welcome a new furry member to their family.
There's no doubt about it while the pandemic has affected everyone in different ways it surely has hit the pet care industry hard. Think about it, most people are working from home and don't need a dog walker to stop by during the day anymore. Hardly anyone is doing any traveling due to the high risks of flying so vacation visits for dogs, cats and other pets are at an all-time low as well. While I knew it wasn't personal, I couldn't help but feel hopeless about my pet care business but I've taken this down time to focus on things that I can control; starting this blog finally, investing in a seminar to gain higher SEO to reach more customers, placing business magnets out on every dog bag station I can find, buying my e-scooter to expand my service radius from just what I was able to cover by walking. Also I've been focusing on my own pets, decorating my newly bought house, enjoying more time with my husband and taking care of my health. The biggest boost has been reframing my mindset. I think about how many dogs, cats and other pets are thriving during this unprecedented time where their owners are home with them more than ever. Sadly, all this time together will breed separation anxiety in our pets when life goes back to normal. The good news is, routine brings back that stability into their life. So when the moment comes that you have to go back into the office or feel safe enough to start traveling again I am happy to step in and take care of your pets like they are my own, by providing frequent and regularly scheduled visits and walks.