As I stood in the downstairs of our home holding a bunch of bananas in my latex-gloved hand, I debated whether I needed to give each banana a once over with the Clorox wipe. My daily routines had certainly changed over the last eight weeks.
With little things like banana baths, homemade protective face masks, and DIY dog grooming on my mind, I felt compelled to capture a few of these new daily life norms as a “blogging time capsule” or a snapshot of dog mom life during corona.
How Dogs Bring Love During Corona: One Dog Mom’s Day in the Life
So, with Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe lying at my feet warming my toes, my fingers tapped out this blog post on my laptop. And with every tap of the keyboard, I feel grateful for all of the dogs living this new routine right along beside us. And I’m grateful that you are choosing to sit and stay for a bit to read this story. It means a lot to have you join us.
- First, I hope you’re finding dog-loving smiles and canine companionship during these unsettling times.
- Second, if you are a healthcare worker, first responder, essential worker, veterinarian, or any frontline worker who is sacrificing so much to help others—thank you. THANK. YOU.
- Third, is the love of a dog helping you through the pandemic? Please share in the comments section below.
New common language, new habits, and new routines are weaving their way into the fabric of our lives. It’s yet to be seen whether some of the changes will be a permanent part of our future. But we’re adapting to a new life that’s strikingly different from the one we were living in B.C. (Before Corona) times.
I’ve attempted to capture my own “day in the life of a dog mom” through the pictures and schedule below. It’s not quite a 24-hour snapshot, but rather a composite of our weekly “new normals.” Maybe you will identify with some of them.
My dog mom life during the pandemic…
8:00 a.m. Home Sweet (Sanitized) Home
If our family could invite you over during quarantine and social distancing, Home Sweet (& Sanitized) Home might be the sign you’d find on the welcome mat. The pups would greet you with some antibacterial soap for your hands and your shoes would go into “shoe timeout” at the door’s entryway ready for a spray of Lysol.
We have a menagerie of our own shoes lying in one spot by the door because the experts have estimated that the COVID-19 virus can “live” on the soles of our shoes for a fair amount of time.
What’s the pupside of this new norm? I imagine that we’ve saved a few of our shoes that normally would have been lying around the house from getting a little TLC from the dogs…tender loving chewing.
9:00 a.m. Attend online church
The advantage of attending church via the Internet is that, if you’re late, no one sees you slinking your way to an empty pew. Online church time is flexible…we simply press play when we’re ready.
But, for dog lovers like me, there’s an even bigger upside: Chloe, our Goldendoodle dog, sits beside us on the couch. Little Bear, the Labrador we puppy sit, lies by our feet. We sip coffee and listen to the service given by the minister who is also sitting in his home. His dog sneaks into the camera view every once in a while. I love seeing humans and their dogs together.
Who knows. Maybe dog-friendly services could become part of our “post-pandemic” tradition.
11:00 a.m. Give groceries a “sponge bath”
Pandemic life has ushered in new grocery shopping routines too. Rather than going to the grocery store during shortened hours, we’ve opted to buy groceries online.
Honestly, I don’t know why we didn’t start this routine sooner. While it takes pre-planning (at first, the drive-through pick-up time slots were booked a week in advance), it’s convenient to shop online from the couch and drive-through to pick up our purchases. Chloe rides along with us to the store.
Once home, I give each of the grocery items a “sponge bath” using Lysol wipes. (Chloe heads upstairs away from the strong smell.) Dry goods and canned goods get dropped in plastic tubs for a few days before they are allowed upstairs. Anything in boxes, plastic, or metal gets the “sponge bath.”
But bananas…to bathe or not to bathe the banana, that is the question.
Are you wondering why I’m giving our groceries a sponge bath? I read in the news that one of the top medical professionals wipes down his groceries. I guess I’m one overly protective mom when it comes to the safety of my family.
1:00 p.m. Go directly to…mail jail.
Reminiscent of the game of Monopoly, we’ve designated a “do not pass go” section of our home for our postal mail and Amazon deliveries. They do not pass “Go.” They do not collect on my kitchen counter anymore!
Packages and envelopes sit in “mail jail,” which is a temporary holding spot in our downstairs. If the contents of a letter looks urgent, I swipe it down with an antibacterial wipe before giving it a “get out of jail early” pass.
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Time for a pup break
Have you noticed more puppies gracing your Facebook or Instagram feeds? There’s been a Puppy Boom during quarantine! Dogs are being adopted or fostered faster than you can say “quarantine.” This is one piece of news that I could hear over and over again.
For those who aren’t adopting or fostering, new work-at-home routines mean more time to hang out with their adorable dogs—who are absolutely loving all the time with their hoomans.
4:00 Online exercise course, of course!
Are you taking an online course? Who knew I would EVER take an online Pilates class! When pandemic life began, my daughter whose college classes were moved online for the semester (yes, another pandemic life change), needed some at-home energy burns. We downloaded our first Pilates online course together.
Often, Chloe claims my pilates mat first…
My upper arms haven’t had that kind of work out since I hoisted my toddlers onto one hip and a sack of groceries on the other.
6:00 p.m. Winner, winner chicken dinner
Exit eating out. Enter eating in. Back in the B.C. days, our family could whip into a Raising Cane’s parking spot faster than you could say “winner, winner chicken dinner.” Eating out was soooo convenient.
Now, we’ve dusted off the crockpot, turned on the stovetop, and cooked at home for more consecutive days than I can remember. Chloe’s counter surfing opportunities have definitely been on the incline!
Meals are dependent on what supply chain shortages we’ve encountered for the week. I’m grateful to my husband who plans the meals, fires up the grill, and is the head chef. I’m the chief dishwasher. However, Chloe and Little Bear are clamoring to get hired for that job!
And I’m grateful to my daughter who has been searching the Internet for baking ideas. She definitely has a “life gives you lemons, we’ll make those lemon bars” attitude.
7:00 p.m. DIY dog mom life
While I’ve always been a DIY dog mom, corona has really flexed my do-it-yourself muscle. I guess in the B.C. days, there wasn’t a sense of urgency. Or maybe it’s that old phrase, “necessity is the mother of invention.” I’ve been upping my game on making homemade dog treats, DIY dog toys, and more grooming hacks.
Plus, I’m grateful for my evening dog mom life routines. Whether I’m brushing Chloe’s teeth, giving her a bath, or grooming her coat, there is something so comforting about caring for this sweet soul every single pandemic day.
I love my shadow dog. following me into the bathroom, sleeping by my feet, and waiting patiently by my office chair every moment of the day.
Some might say our dogs are our therapy. I’d add comic relief, navigator, listener, bestie, confidante…the list could go on.
8:00 p.m. You’re our American Idols
Evenings are for backyard fetch. (Chloe’s favorite.)
Then, as trivial as it may seem in the scope of the “C” season, it’s the little things that bring happiness. For example, our family was sure American Idol would be canceled. However, thanks to human ingenuity and creativity, the show went on—in the contestants’ and judges’ living rooms. Be it sporting events, dog shows, or concerts, it’s all part of the fabric of America. We miss it.
9:00 Puppy snuggles
One thing that hasn’t changed during quarantine life? Puppy snuggles 24/7. Chloe, my sidekick, snuggles close to me, peeks in on me while I work, sits under our dinner table, sleeps by my feet each night. Her smiles, snuggles, comical antics, are unwavering. She’s my sweet soul and constant companion.
Dog mom life during corona
Our beloved dogs make the good times even better and the hard times bearable. I’m so thankful to have Chloe and Little Bear in my life.
Thank you for taking time from your day to share a moment here with us. We’re sending doodle kisses and tail wags to you and your family—including your furry family members. Whatever your new norm looks like, we hope that the love of a dog makes each moment happier.
How has your life changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Please comment below.