April News from Rockin’ Rooney

Rockin Rooney Sheltering in Place with his dad.  Helping cook!

Normally, I would be making jokes about April Fool’s, but this isn’t a normal time. I’m all for a good prank, but it doesn’t seem like a good time for pulling tricks and pranks on others. I know I’m just a dog and it’s hard to wrap my head around this whole situation we’re all in, but dogs can also hear and we’re also very intuitive, so we can sense what’s going on from the humans around us. 

This is obviously a hard time for everyone. We’re all cooped up in our house, many people have lost jobs and livelihoods, some people are getting sick, Mom and Dad are going stir crazy (although Dad is cooking up a storm!), and nobody knows how this is all going to turn out…or when.

We’re actually experts at Shelter in Place or Safe at Home or whatever they’re calling it. We love to stay home, lounge around, nap and take our daily walks. We don’t even need Netflix to keep us entertained! We bulldogs have been doing Shelter in Place for a long time!

But we’ve noticed through TV news that folks are worried about their pets and if they can somehow catch the virus from their pets or even give their pets the virus if they have been tested positive.

The good news is that according to the CDC (I’ll have to ask Mom what that stands for), “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. And there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of companion animals.” Whew!

But, the CDC also says that if you ARE infected with the virus that you “limit interaction with household animals.” It’s not a matter of passing the virus to your pets, but to avoid making your pets a carrier of the virus because our fur, collars, leashes and even our outfits (you know who you are!) can, depending on the materials, carry the virus and pass it along.

So, if a person infected with COVID-19 is symptomatic, “they should maintain separation from household animals as they would with other household members, and avoid direct contact with pets, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sleeping in the same location, and sharing food.” Better safe than sorry!

If you want more information, you can go to the CDC page at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/interim-guidance-managing-people-in-home-care-and-isolation-who-have-pets.html

The holidays this month are Good Friday on April 10, and Easter on Sunday, April 12. And on April 22, it’s Earth Day, and appropriately, April 7 is World Health Day. And good news for you two-leggers, you can relax this year because normally April 15 is Tax Day when your taxes are due, but that has been extended to July 15 with no penalties! 

And these are just for Dad: April 7 is National Beer Day (and April 6 is National Beer’s Eve!) and April 12 is also Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. 

And two special days that are near and dear to our hearts here at the Bulldog Parking Lot are April 10, National Hug Your Dog Day, and April 21, National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day.

It should also be noted that not only is April National Humor Month, but it’s also Keep America Beautiful Month, National Poetry Month and Stress Awareness Month. So, it’s important during this very chaotic and stressful time to have a little humor, keep America beautiful, read a little poetry and watch out for your stress levels! We all have to find time to get along, keep our humor and wits about us and somehow reduce the stress, concern and fear we are all experiencing.

Stay safe at home, stay healthy, follow the guidelines to stop the spread, and be kind to each other. We’re all in this together, so we’ll get through this together!

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