Thursday has rolled around quite quickly, hasn’t it? Although, I did have to double-check that it is definitely Thursday. It’s time for our weekly email to hit the inboxes of our favourite people. You can join us, look to your right and sign up!
So, are you settling into lockdown life? It looks like it’s here to stay for a while longer so how are you getting on? Have you created a new routine for you and your dog, stuck to their ‘normal’ as best you can or has any notion of a routine under the current circumstances been too much to contemplate?
One thing I have learned over the last week is that we’re all at very different stages in the change curve, which is something we sometimes talk about on our Canine Hope workshops. Whichever model you’re familiar with in coping with change, there are three stages that we tend to go through; the first is shock and denial, the second is anger and depression and the third is acceptance and integration.
As we’re staying at home, isolated and unable to interact in a way that we would usually, our dogs will be experiencing every moment of those emotional changes. That’s not to say we have to do anything differently, pretend that life is fabulous when it quite clearly isn’t but with everyone experiencing their own version of this crisis, we will move through the change curve, (potentially back and forth for many of us), for quite some time.
With that in mind, I’ll write a bigger piece on the curve, but for now here are some things I have written over the last couple of weeks. Some might be more relevant to you now than they were at the time. You also might be so sick of reading about anything to do with Covid-19 that you just want to forget about it for a while; I have a couple of treat reviews that you’ll love as you can buy something nutritious and delicious for your dog that will be sent to your door!
Energy, Emotions & Coronavirus is something I wrote when the impact was becoming real for all of us. While some of the rules have tightened up, the practical implications for us and our dogs (including having children at home) are still true.
If you’re working from home then you might enjoy Zooming With Your Dog which relates to any online call system you’re using for work or social shizzle while you’re at home.
If you’re at the stage where you’re resigned to living your dog’s life, complete with restrictions on almost every aspect of your daily routine, then this is for you: Your Greatest Teacher.
Look after yourself!