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An Open Letter to my Pandemic Puppy

To my Pandemic Puppy,

You have truly changed my life. From the first time I held you in my arms, I was yours. You became my whole world in an instant. I think that is the case for most dog owners but I like to think our situation is special because the truth is, you are no ordinary puppy. You are a pandemic puppy.

When you were born in April of 2020, the world was in turmoil. Everyone’s lives were turned upside down and we were all in the midst of finding a “new normal.” Things like mask wearing, social distancing, and quarantining were now every day occurrences. I know you may not know what all that is but I’ll tell you, it made life pretty bleak.

When summer rolled around, we heard that you were up for adoption. I had been wanting a puppy for such a long time and this seemed like the perfect time to get one. The whole family was now home all the time and there really was not much else to do. So, within a week of hearing about you, you were brought home to us.

I never could have imagined how much of an impact you were going to have on my life. I realized very quickly, it wasn’t just about me anymore. My thoughts suddenly became all about you. I became obsessed with making sure you were ok. I slept next to your crate the whole first week to make sure you were comfortable in your new home. I am always concerned whether or not you have had enough to eat. Dad says I am too attentive to your pooping habits. I miss you when I'm not with you. Your little whimper can wake me from a dead sleep. If you look at my camera roll, I would 75% of the pictures are now of you. That also might be the result of not much else going on in my life over the past year.

Overall, you have made my life so much better but that does not mean caring for you has been all hearts and rainbows. I get now why couples tend to get a dog before they have baby; it’s practice. Having a puppy is like having a toddler. You have certainly tested my patience along the way. You frustrate me when you don’t behave. I get upset when you don’t listen. You always seem to want to chew something you're not supposed to. You can be a little monster sometimes but I can never stay mad at you for too long. You look at me with those big puppy dog eyes and I melt right back into your paws.

Despite all the hard times, you have brought so much joy into my life and I want to thank you for all that you have done for me. Thank you for keeping me sane during this past year. Thank you for taking my mind off all the terrible things that are happening in the world. Thank you for a being a companion during a time of such loneliness. Thank you for forcing me to get off my butt and get active. Thank you for reconnecting me with nature. Thank you for giving me a sense of responsibility when I suddenly didn’t have any. Thank you for keeping me entertained during a boring time. Thank you for all of the endless cuddles. Last but not least I want to thank you for loving me unconditionally and for becoming my best friend. I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through this pandemic without you.

I don’t know how you are going to react when the world starts to become normal again. What are you going to do when I can’t play with you all of the time? You don't know what it is like for me not to be home all the time. I like to think that you are going to be the one with separation anxiety but in reality, it will probably be me. Well, no matter what happens, I will always be there for you just like I know you will always be there for me.

Sincerely, Silvana

P.S. -

I know that there are two other people in this house but I know I’m your favorite.

Don’t worry your secret is safe with me.

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