Most dogs know the word stay; especially when accompanied by an open hand in front of their face. Some people, well not so much.
It’s a trying time for our global community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The stay at home orders continue to grow state by state and, in varying degrees, Americans are heeding the advice and direction from our leaders and scientists. Privileged Americans that we are with all our civil liberties sometimes have a hard time being told what to do or when to do it. We are reluctant or even unwilling to adjust out routines for the better good of the world community. But “stay” is a very important word right now for all of us to hear, and adhere to. It’s our best chance to slow the spread of this virus.
Having said that I know that many two legged pack members cannot stay. Many are healthcare professionals treating the infected and helping them to get healthy. Many are working to keep stores open so those of us who are not sick have the basic supplies we need to stay healthy. And that list goes on for those who cannot stay. But for those of you that can, please….STAY! Don’t make me put my hand in front of your face…. 🙂
Meanwhile, life goes on without many changes for my girls. The biggest disruption for
Kali, Kloe, and Koda is the wet weather we’ve had the past two weeks. It’s kept them mostly sheltering in place in the house instead of outside in the sun. Kali actually prefers to be in the house even when the weather is warm and dry. Her 11 year old bones are much more comfortable when she is asleep in front of the pellet stove or in a sun drenched area of the kitchen. She is a black belt at “down stay”.
I’m pretty sure the girls are enjoying the enhanced family time. But I wonder if there will come a point where they wish we would go just away for a while so that they could sleep in peace. The humans in this pack have been very good at stay but not so good at down-stay or sit-stay. We tend to move around a lot during the day. We’re constantly working, cleaning, and milling around. It’s not until evening that we allow ourselves to settle down and relax. I think the girls are exhausted by the end of the day from watching so much activity during what is usually their alone time.
We should also take some cues from our girls during this (hopefully) unique period of time and just settle. Those of us who remain healthy should first and foremost count our blessings. But then maybe find some sun and take a nap. Or take a long chew on a good book. Or maybe use our noses to guide us around the yard and sniff out something we have not noticed before. Because with continued adherence to stay, good science, and good leadership it won’t be long before us humans are back in full blown fetch mode.
From all of us at The Golden K we wish all of our Golden Kali followers and their families good health and good luck riding out this difficult time.
Stay! and take care,
Kali, Kloe, Koda, Michael and Holly.