They really are man’s best friend! Dog owners are lending their pooches to elderly relatives in a bid to stop them from feeling lonely while in isolation during lockdown
- Dog-owners are ‘loaning’ pooches to elderly relatives amid coronavirus isolation
- Hope it will help to prevent them from feeling lonely while stuck inside the house
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Dog-owners are seemingly starting a new trend during coronavirus isolation – ‘loaning’ their pooches to their elderly relatives who may be feeling lonely whilst stuck inside.
In adorable photos shared on Twitter, a number of beloved dogs can be seen providing some much-needed support to the older generation, who are more at risk of contracting Covid-19.
Author Clare Pooley kicked off the heartwarming photo thread when she took to social media on Monday to share a photo of her 11-year-old border terrier, Otto, nestled on the lap of her father Peter, 83.
Little Otto seems perfectly at ease as he reclines on Peter, as Peter sat in an armchair reading a book.
Dog-owners are ‘loaning’ their pooches to their elderly relatives who may be feeling lonely whilst stuck inside. Jane Lynch, 52, has lent her family’s black cockapoo, Ted, to her dad Bob Pearson (pictured).
Clare, 51, from Fulham, west London, told how she loaned her ancient terrier Otto to her dad Peter Pooley as a support dog during self Isolation (pictured, together)
Clare, 51, from Fulham, west London, wrote on the social media platform: ‘I’ve loaned my ancient terrier to my dad as a support dog during self Isolation.
‘He doesn’t need walks any more – just a garden, love and a lap. I miss him terribly, but this picture made me so happy.’
She added: ‘Like everyone, I’m terribly worried about my parents at the moment, especially since London is likely to be locked down soon, and I may not be able to see them for weeks, or even months.’
‘My Dad is terribly sociable, and loves walking around the town chatting and joking with everyone he meets, so self-isolation will be particularly hard for him.
‘He adores Otto. They are like two old men together, and communicate without words. Otto is a bit doddery and farty but, to be honest, so is my dad.’
‘I miss Otto hugely, and so do my kids, but it’s a real comfort to us knowing that he’s doing his bit in these terrible times to provide support and help to those who need it. And we get to see him at tea time every day via Facetime.
While Clare says she misses Otto hugely, she added it’s a real comfort knowing that he’s doing his bit in these terrible times to provide support and help to those who need it. Pictured, Peter Pooley with Otto
Jane said her pooch Ted is keeping her mum and dad (pictured) upbeat – and says he follows her dad in the garden and begs for food when Mum is cooking
‘If there is one upside to this awful pandemic, it’s that we’ve started to see the really important things in life – and the comfort of pets is one of those.’
Clare’s post on Twitter prompted an outpouring of support for the idea – with others also saying they have done the same thing with their dogs, for their parents.
Alex Ritchie, 38, and his wife Claire, also 38, who live in Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, took the decision to lend their 12-year-old Jack Russell, Monty, to Claire’s 75-year-old father – who lost his wife to a rare cancer last year.
‘My father-in-law and mother-in-law did everything together, and this is really his first time alone in over 50 years,’ explained Alex.
‘We had heard of preparations for this isolation a fortnight ago, so we had considered this. My father-in-law has said it means a lot to have Monty there for company.
‘We left Monty with him about two and a half weeks ago for company, and had planned to have him home a few days later.
‘However, my father-in-law enjoyed his company so much that on each occasion we went out to collect him, we ended up leaving him there.
‘Monty is very happy there, he would often visit with us and stayed there if we were ever on holiday or away for work.
‘He loves the long walks on the quiet country paths and gets plenty of exercise and attention – he is very much spoiled.’
Alex Ritchie, 38, and his wife Claire, also 38, who live in Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, took the decision to lend their 12-year-old Jack Russell, Monty (pictured)
Dad-of-one Alex, who has had Monty since a puppy, added that his father-in-law doesn’t have ‘any real complaints’ when it comes to his health, other than high blood pressure.
‘We are all missing Monty terribly, and our four-year-old has been a bit teary on occasion,’ he said. ‘But despite this, she is happy he is “looking after Granda.” We are happy he is there at the moment, and we knew this was coming.
‘We speak to my father-in-law each day by phone, and we saw him and Monty – from a distance – on Sunday for Mother’s Day, and both were enjoying each other’s company.’
Meanwhile, Jane Lynch, 52, from Greasby, in the Wirral, has lent her family’s black cockapoo, Ted, to her parents Anne and Bob Pearson, aged 80 and 83 – and says the fluffy little dog is ‘keeping them upbeat’.
‘Mum and Dad love Ted so much, and he’s keeping them upbeat,’ said Jane. ‘He follows Dad in the garden and begs for food when Mum is cooking.
‘He often stays with my parents if we’re away, or we’ll sometimes come home to a note saying they have him – so he already has his own bed at their house.
‘My parents decided to self-isolate last Tuesday, so they asked if they could have him.
‘They are in Thornton Hough, a few miles from us, and they have access to some beautiful walks – so we packed him up with his food and toys.’
Jane added: ‘We can’t visit as I have mild symptoms, so we’re isolating. We miss Ted very much – we’ve had him since he was a pup, and he’s seven now.’
And Sally Huntington, 45, from Nantwich, Cheshire, drops her 17-year-old Jack Russell, Scamp, off on her parent’s driveway each morning – and picks him up from there in the afternoon.
‘A few times a week we would call round and drop him off, and he hangs out until ready for home, at which point he lets my mum know and we go and fetch him back,’ she explained.
‘We have now started to just drop Scamp off either at the back gate or bottom of front driveway for a daily visit.
Jane Lynch lent her parents Anne and Bob Pearson, aged 80 and 83, her cockapoo, Ted, and says the fluffy little dog is ‘keeping them upbeat’ (pictured)
‘Scamp just hangs there for the morning, snuggling with mum on the sofa and pottering around in the garden and greenhouse with them when it’s sunny.
‘He’s very spoiled, and he did visit his ‘nan and grandad’ anyway even before this crisis. They love having him – it’s mostly for my mum’s sanity, so she doesn’t kill my dad during isolation!’
Sally added: ‘My mum and dad are 68 and 70. Mum had a cough and self-isolated a week ago along with dad who has had no symptoms. Mum is better now.
‘Scamp is nearly 17 and has had cancer twice – the vet wrote him off three years ago. I don’t think we need to change our routine with the new lockdown announcements.
‘We were already doing the right thing – talking to my parents from a distance and being safe. They have a nice big garden to shout across.
‘We’ll tie it in with trip to shop/exercise and can easily just let Scamp in the gate, and let him go visit without contact.’
Another user, Mel Elliott, responded to Clare Pooley’s original post, writing: ‘That’s really kind of you. I wish my mum had a pet right now. It would make her feel so much better I’m certain.’
On Monday, Boris Johnson put the UK into a state of coronavirus lockdown as the government tries to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
The Prime Minister told everyone they must stay at home and that they can only go outside for food, medicine, exercise or to go to work if ‘absolutely necessary’.
Meanwhile, all social events have been cancelled and gatherings of more than two people have been banned with the police given powers to fine anyone who does not comply.
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