With everyone under lockdown right now, the rare times we do get to go outdoors are extremely valuable — in fact, I’d go so far as to compare a walk down the street to a transcendentally spiritual experience. I’m not being dramatic; I’m simply being a decent citizen who goes to the grocery shop once a week.
But, as I’m sure many of you can agree, leaving the outdoors is difficult. Our pets have found the limits to be challenging as well. One dog in Austin, Texas, sought to take matters into his own hands by faking death to avoid having to return home. Blue, a two-year-old blind puppy, was caught on camera having a temper tantrum when his daily walk came to an end.
Cady McNerney, his 28-year-old owner, was the one behind the camera. You can hear her softly coaxing Blue in the video, saying, “Come on, Blue!” You’ve got this!” Blue, on the other hand, will not budge. Instead, Blue gives an Oscar-worthy performance by throwing himself on the ground and pretending to be dead.
Blue has been known to have “temper tantrums” since he was a puppy, according to McNerney, a marketing manager, but his tantrums have been more frequent since lockdown was implemented. It’s said to be the outcome of doggie daycare. Before quarantine, Blue was a regular at doggie daycare, where he could connect with all of his canine companions. As a result, his outbursts could simply be a cry for attention and want to see his buddies.
And we couldn’t agree more: as much as I’ve appreciated having more time to write, I’d give my right arm to share a pitcher of margaritas with my friends on a rooftop bar in the afternoon sun. So, Blue, we understand – hang in there, this lockdown will end sometime.