As we move into the next phase of easing our lockdown (at least here in Switzerland), I’ve been reflecting on some of the things I’ve learned during this period of enforced isolation. Mostly, I’ve learned that I quite like having a watertight excuse not to go out and do things. But I think perhaps some of the most insightful things I’ve learned have been from lessons courtesy of my dogs. I’ve had the privilege of spending almost all my time with them for two months now and they’ve taught me some important things – mostly metaphorical but not all. Here are my top 5:

  1. If nobody needs anything from you and it’s not time to eat, a nap is a perfectly reasonable way to pass the hours until the next meal.
  2. When the sun is shining, go outside. Your toys (and everything else) will still be waiting for you when you go back in.
  3. Sniff everything. If you’re lucky it might be cheese, if it’s not you can always spit it out again.
  4. A really big stretch is a great way of transitioning between tasks. Especially if both tasks are napping.
  5. Even if you don’t have balls, sometimes it pays to pretend that you do.

They’ve helped me gain a remarkable amount of wisdom for two creatures who once disemboweled a bird on my bed. I think, from now on, I am going to channel more of my ‘inner dog’, so if you’ll excuse me, I think I just heard Mr. Jenny open the fridge. I’m going to go and stare at him until he feels guilty enough to make me some lunch.

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