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Our dogs are getting fat. 

They are probably thinking the same thing about me! 

If anyone is benefitting from this global quarantine, it has to be the pet population. By the time we are done for the day, the dogs are putting themselves to bed, which doesn’t normally happen. 

I’m sure they are wondering why we are spending so much time at home, but they don’t seem to mind having second breakfast when the communication isn’t clear between the humans that care for them. 

Sometimes I’ll spy on them when they are outside in their kennel. They have plenty of room to run around and play, but they usually just lay in the sun, or sit on the stumps we’ve placed for them, waiting for activity from the neighbors, or a stray varmint to pass by. 

But as soon as the kids go outside to jump on the trampoline, play CrossNet (awesome outdoor game, by the way), or play catch, the dogs light up. 

They start chasing each other around, playing tug of war, or hide and seek around the dog house. Once they tire out, or get bored of playing with each other, they turn their attention to whatever the kids are doing, waiting for their affection. And it doesn’t take long for them to get it. 

We’ve talked about getting more strict with their training for a few years, and now that we have plenty of time on our hands, we should work on that. I guess we’ll see. It will be interesting to find out if they are really intelligent like the kids think, or if Sommer and I are right… that they are complete idiots. 

I do know that they provide us with positive energy (mostly), and a distraction for the children as they deal with being stuck on the Falk Compound week after week after week… 

None of our pets are aware of the pandemic that has affected the lives of all of their humans. They just know that their family is home, and that’s where they want them to be. Maybe that simple contentment is something we should recognize and appreciate ourselves. 

Last night I thought of a verse in the Avett Brothers song, Murder In The City, that seems fitting during this strange time. 

“Always remember there is nothing worth sharing, like the love that let us share our name.” 

I guess Melvin Richard Falk and Maizy Mae Falk have earned that. 

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