by Nancy Gee
One of the most noticeable changes to daily life since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has been social distancing. Both here in the US and around the world, the need to slow the spread of the virus has seen vast numbers of us living in lockdown and – as a result – spending many more hours at home.
By Joanna Gale
If you’re currently spending more time than usual with your dog, you might be thinking of treating them to some new chews or toys. Dogs love to chew. Actually, dogs NEED to chew. Puppies especially so. It’s an important behaviour for them, and it’s both natural and normal. That’s not to say it’s not frustrating for us dog owners if the items they choose to chew are furniture, shoes or your children’s favourite toys. I’m a little more sympathetic than usual to these challenges as we’ve recently welcomed a new pup into our family. Our 9 week old Labrador, Dorothy, is reminding me daily that the time we spent tidying all the children’s toys and shoes away into toy boxes and wardrobes before she arrived was time well spent! Some things can’t be tidied away though, and she’s become particularly fond of chewing the corner of the rug on our kitchen floor! Luckily, although I do love the kitchen rug, I love Dorothy more. But it’s clear that if dogs and puppies need to chew, they must be given safe toys and chews of their own to get their teeth into.
The best at-home workouts don’t necessarily require a ton of equipment—or any equipment—other than your own bodyweight. That’s good news for many exercisers who may not have dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, or other equipment at home, especially after the closures of gyms and fitness studios (and the recommendations to practice social distancing) due to the new coronavirus.
Before COVID-19, people kind of disregarded the personal space of others. (Raise your hands, close-talkers and sidlers.) Now that social distancing etiquette is in full effect, we’ve all had to become even more mindful of the three-foot rule. In the age of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the three-foot rule has become the six-foot rule. And in instances where people are infected, isolation and quarantine have become the new normal.