“Stay-at-home” is a good opportunity to reconnect Especially with our animal friends

“Stay-at-home” is a good opportunity to reconnect Especially with our animal friends

With so many of us having to deal with hardships right now, I’ve decided to do my best to focus on some positives. My favorite thing to come out of our stay-at-home situation is how our lovely non-human companions are getting more attention than they ever have. My dog is getting more walks than he’s ever gotten, which is not only good for him but it’s good for me as well! On my daily walks, I’ve also noticed how there are so many more people outside with their pets too, which is really refreshing to see.

Not only are people showing more attention to their pets, but animal shelters all over the United States say that they have been able to adopt/foster out almost all (and in some cases all) of their animals! This is really heartwarming to hear and made some of my dark days just a little bit brighter. It’s also shown that pets can provide a lot of emotional support, especially in times of social isolation. So, I think it’s really good that now we can give them the attention they deserve.

Sometimes us humans get so caught up in our daily lives filled with overdue assignments and stressful responsibilities that we forget what’s really important. Though this pandemic is a tragic and terrible thing for countless people, I’m glad that at least it gives us the opportunity to reset and reconnect with our loved ones, including our animal friends. In times like these it’s vital to stay safe, but it’s also beneficial to stay positive.

Kili is a junior at Mountainside High School. She loves singing, playing piano and ukulele, and also running track and field.