HAPPY SYTTENDE MAI!
(Norwegian Constitution Day)
As we are all hunkered down amidst the Covid19 crisis, it's interesting to hear what people are doing while at home self-isolating. We have been busy trying to socialize puppies "Orla" (now Kamgaard Kome From Away) and "Klemmie" (now Kamgaard Klementina) without the aid of handling classes or puppy groups to go to. They are doing quite well and of course are totally unaware there is a pandemic going on.
In the Chicago suburbs, "Skipper" Golladay and his owner Mallory have been earning new titles in the Trick Dog category, so he now officially Kamgaard Kick Up Your Heels RATO ATT ATD.
We received the most charming document from eleven year old "Khloe" (Kamgaard Kovered In Klover) pictured above. She dictated this to owners Sylvia and Richard Van Cleave and instructed them to email it to us. It is as follows:
Observations of a Norwegian Elkhound age 11 under Quarantine
Khloe Van Cleave
We have been in quarantine since the third week in March, but from the perspective of the family pet, it is not all bad. “Stay at home” applies to everyone; therefore, Dad is working from home and I get my back and head stroked a lot more. Mom no longer volunteers at the Thrift Shop, goes to the city to see shows, plays golf or out to lunch with friends.
Dad takes me out 3 times a day, rain or shine. Mom takes me for the longer walks, and we have kept my beloved dog walker, Mary to take me for excursions with my friends twice a week. We keep away from other groups of dogs and in this time of social distancing, crotch sniffing is frowned upon.! Also for a while, the parks were closed and Mary took us to the world famous Presby Iris Gardens. Not sure the local Garden ladies would approve!
Mom says that one of the challenges for her is to now have to plan lunch. Dad seems pleased and I am the beneficiary of tidbits that he passes to me. Mom frowns upon treats from the table!
Another positive is that I don’t have to wait until the fall to go to church for “Blessing of the Animals. We can actually all Zoom together on Sunday mornings in the comfort of our family room.
We also get to sleep longer in the morning. In fact, I have become the family alarm licking Dad’s nose since it is time for my trip outside. I don’t have the luxury of indoor facilities although I have heard Mom suggest that I learn how to use kitty litter on really bad weather days!
I notice another plus for me. When Mom & Dad leave, they are gone for less then an hour. Trips to the food market, pharmacy or take out restaurants are just around the corner and I wait patiently by the back door. They always look a little silly in masks and latex gloves. I notice, I don’t get petted until they thoroughly wash their hands while singing Happy Birthday and splash on some hand deodorizer.
I have also noticed another positive aspect of this time at home. There are many more adorable children playing on the streets. Neighbors feel safe with them riding their bikes and scooters in our cul-de-sacs. They wave at me and call my name, but sadly are not allowed to stroke my furry coat. I still wag my tail to let them know how much I enjoy seeing them at play.
We also have not been to beautiful Vermont during this pandemic. New Jersey plates are not exactly welcomed in other states these days. Although I miss not frolicking in the snow and watching for bears and foxes, I have not missed that ride up the Thruway in the back seat of the car!
Finally, as you can see, it has not been all bad if you are the family pet during this pandemic. I love all the extra attention and I enjoy hugging & kissing my loved ones.
Wishing you all good health and many more happy days
Khloe Van Cleave
Love it, love it! and we can never thank the Van Cleaves enough for all their love of and devotion to Khloe, giving her a new life and a forever home.