One scroll through ye ole' Instagram or preferred social media vessel, and, between illustrations on social distancing and tips for washing your hands, you, like me, probably saw several new friendly faces: puppies.
No exaggeration, I saw at least four friends adopt or bring home a new pet over the weekend. Joyful faces cuddling up with new furry friends seemed strange at first. Maybe it was the uncannily sunny day in March. Or maybe it was the news chyron I envisioned ticking over the images: "COVID-19," "Quarantine," "Lockdown." Amid posts and stories of people still going out to bars or taking advantage of no-line, usually crowded restaurants, my first inclination was, "Puppies? Is this really the best idea?" And the more I thought more about it, the more I realized that, actually yes, bringing home a puppy in this terrifying moment, seems like a pretty great idea.
My own boss, Mary Kate McGrath, Gallery Media Group's Chief Content Officer, did it. She brought home Ruby, a precious Golden Retriever furball. It wasn't necessarily a rash decision for the family as her kids had been asking for a "dog to hug" for the past year, and in the midst of this crisis, McGrath decided this was the time: "This moment has been hard for me like everyone else. I'm a Virgo. I run a business. I don't like pandemics and any lack of control. I do love joy and hugs. So, maybe it was the Italians singing from their balconies or the people stocking my grocery every night this week, but I wanted to do something that was just all about love. So we got Ruby. She pooped on our rug today, but I think overall she gets her mission."
And to be honest, the logistics of it makes sense. House training a puppy is a feat and requires lots of time and attention (you'll get there, Ruby). If you're crate training (which is a great idea), you need to be around so that you can create patterns and habits. So, if you are up for the challenge, have the means to provide for a pet and are mentally well enough to take care of another being, quarantining isn't actually terrible when it comes to puppies. In fact, it means time for you to bond and train.