Mashable: It’s not too late to socialize your pandemic puppy

Mashable: It’s not too late to socialize your pandemic puppy. “Along with separation anxiety, socialization is a behavioral challenge that many ‘pandemic puppies’ are now facing. Introducing your puppy to new experiences is a critical part of their development. Simple things like having friends over to your house, taking your puppy out to a pet-friendly restaurant, or going to in-person puppy classes are all ways to socialize your pup — and all are experiences they may have missed out on when we sheltered in place.”

Mashable: I got a dog. My online life changed overnight.

Mashable: I got a dog. My online life changed overnight. . “The instant I got my dog — a lovely, adorable puppy named Henry — my entire online life changed. My TikTok For You Page (FYP) was suddenly dog video after dog video. My Instagram ads were entirely for dog-related products. Twitter was…still a cesspool of my own choosing, so at least there was that. But life pre-Henry was totally different online. I had interests. I jogged, I air fried, I liked NBA basketball, I spent way too much time thinking about grilling. These interests were all displaced by the algorithms practically screaming ‘YOU HAVE A DOG!’”

PsyPost: Dog owners report fewer depression symptoms and a greater sense of social support during the pandemic

PsyPost: Dog owners report fewer depression symptoms and a greater sense of social support during the pandemic. “Pet dogs may be helping people cope during the COVID-19 crisis, according to findings from a study published in the journal PLOS One. When surveyed during the pandemic, dog owners reported fewer depression symptoms and a stronger sense of social support compared to people without dogs.”

CNET: When can pets get the COVID vaccine?

CNET: When can pets get the COVID vaccine?. “They’re man’s best friend (or good acquaintance, if you’re talking about a cat), and they might stick like glue to your side while you recover from the worst of illnesses, including COVID-19. But research throughout the pandemic has shown that pets and other animals can catch the coronavirus – according to the US Department of Agriculture more than 15 species of animals, including domestic pets and wild animals, have contracted COVID-19. So will your dog or cat be able to get a COVID vaccine?”

Covid: Dogs bought in lockdown being abandoned (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Dogs bought in lockdown being abandoned. “People have tried to sell their lockdown dogs on Gumtree before disguising them as strays so rescue centres take them in, a charity warned. More than 3.2 millions pets were bought by UK household during lockdown, figures from March showed. Hope Rescue, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, said the number of dogs being dropped off at its rescue centre in Pontyclun was the highest in its 15-year history.”

PR Newswire: Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families (PRESS RELEASE). “Animal welfare organizations across the country are joining forces with Petco Love, formerly known as the Petco Foundation, a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals, to change the outcome for missing dogs and cats. Starting today, approximately 1,000 shelters and rescues in both cities and rural areas across the U.S., will adopt the searchable database that uses facial recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with their families should they ever go missing.” The public can also search the database or upload images of animals they found.

Evening Standard: Crufts cancelled for first time in more than 60 years amid coronavirus pandemic

Evening Standard: Crufts cancelled for first time in more than 60 years amid coronavirus pandemic. “The Crufts 2021 dog show has been cancelled for the first time in more than 60 years due to ‘ongoing uncertainty’ from the coronavirus pandemic. The Kennel Club said that the global event due to take place from July 18 to 15 this year, has been postponed until 2022.”

BBC: Supermarkets warn pet boom causing food pouch shortages

BBC: Supermarkets warn pet boom causing food pouch shortages. “UK supermarkets have warned of a shortage of some dog and cat food products following an ‘unprecedented’ rise in pet ownership during lockdown. Sainsbury’s has apologised after running out of dog and cat food pouches due to a ‘national shortage’, although tinned and dry food are unaffected.”