42 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • APRIL 2020
QUARANTINE KEEPING FIDO BUSY
BY ALLISON MATOS
The idea of being stuck at home may
not sound great to people, but pets
everywhere are surely enjoying all
the extra attention they’re receiving.
After some time, however, this new
routine may get old. So how can you
keep yourself and your pets happy and
healthy during stay-at-home orders?
Some pet owners on Long Island
shared their tips. For example, Gloria
Vasco of Farmingdale includes her dog
Marlena in her online teaching posts.
“She makes a cameo in every video/
picture and has encouraged students
to respond with pictures of their own
dogs, making this new normal a little
easier for the students,” says Vasco.
Studies have shown that taking your
pet to work reduces stress, promotes
social interactions, and may increase
employee performance. Since most
people are home anyway, this can be a
win-win for your career and your pet.
Stuck at home in Old Westbury, Michelle
Elea Bello is teaching her dog,
Arya, one new trick every day. One of
her most recent tricks was teaching
“shy,” wherein Arya puts her arm and
paw over her head for a treat.
And be sure to take advantage of the
fresh spring air as Susan Gerardi and
her husband do with their dog, Pepper.
“Getting out of the house and connecting
with nature can have a real impact
on your health and state of mind,” she
Cats enjoy a cool breeze just as much
as dogs do, so open your windows and
let some fresh air in as soon as you can.
No pet? No problem! Almost every
local shelter and rescue are seeking
volunteers to foster animals
during this difficult time, and that’s exactly
what volunteer Leslie Braunstein
is doing for one Town of Hempstead
Animal Shelter resident named Forest.
“I chose to foster Forest so the staff has
one less dog to care for,” says Leslie.
“Volunteers are not allowed to walk
dogs, so I took one of my buddies
If you are interested in fostering or
adopting too, call your local shelter
or rescue today.
And remember, during these trying
times, “paw-sitive” attitudes will
This pup, Karma, likes going on extra
walks during the COVID-19 shutdown.
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