Lockdown Love by Ritu Marwah

Lock Down Love

Dogs, you may have heard some people say, could have conspired to create COVID-19.

With so many families working from home, now is the perfect time to foster a pet. It makes isolation so much easier to handle. Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue, a foster based organization in San Martin, California was among the animal rescue organizations who saw fostering and adoption skyrocket during the pandemic. People who had always wanted a pet but did not have time to take care of animals rushed to help by taking a furry friend home.

A bay area family got 7 times more love than they had expected when the dog they took in turned out to be pregnant. While a human’s pregnancy lasts nine months, a dog’s only goes for about nine weeks! The mom-to-be had been lucky that Jake’s Wish Rescue had taken her from the streets and into the arms of her foster family just in time.

“We applied to foster a dog with Jake’s Wish.  They called and sent us a picture of a helpless looking little terrier in the shelter cage.  No one knew she was pregnant, all the shelter knew was that her eye was goopy and needed to be looked at ASAP.  We immediately said yes to Jake’s Wish, we want to foster her.”  A volunteer brought Ellie to us and delivered a crate, bedding, toys and food. They made an appointment with a Vet. All I had to do was take her to the vet at a scheduled time,” said the foster mom. “They were wonderful. My daughter named her Ellie.”

The vet treated her eye and gave us the bonus news. “We can’t spay her, she is already pregnant and due any time” he said. We were going to be foster grandparents!

Jake’s Wish made arrangements for a new foster family (with delivery experience) to care for Ellie and coming pups  But, the original foster family still wanted more time with sweet Ellie, so for 2 more days, they treated her like the mom-to-be she was: special food, shorter walks, and frequent hands on the Ellie Belly – feeling her babies move.  One week later 3 boys and 3 girls were born at the new foster home.   Both foster families were full of excitement and interesting stories of Ellie’s journey – from a stray street dog to the caring support of Jake’s Wish foster families. Two families bonded over Ellie’s family.

Something so amazing came out of something that is creating a hard time for everyone.

Dogs must definitely have conspired to create COVID-19.

As coronavirus spreads across the U.S, Americans have stepped up to foster and adopt animals, keeping them out of shelters. NBC News contacted shelters and animal advocacy organizations with facilities in California, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Texas, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and North Carolina. Every single organization said it was overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support that got animals out of shelters and into loving foster and adoptive homes.

Fostering is about a 3-4 week process. Based on adoption applicants the pet transitions to their new family. Foster parents play a critical role in getting them ready for adoption.

Having a dog is good for your heart, says a study by Harvard Medical School. Pets have a calming effect and dog owners tend to get more exercise. Several studies show that blood pressure goes down when a person pets a dog.

Lock down love by fostering or adopting a pet. Ellie’s pups will be available for adoption in 7 weeks.


The Above video is one of the entries from “In Time of COVID19 Video & Essay Contest”

We believe that the pandemic has generated a treasure trove of interesting stories, valuable and relevant contents about humanity in all its spectrums. Stories about generosity, heroism, kindness and outstanding services to fellow human beings on the other.

Ding Ding TV (Silicon Valley Innovation Channel and Voice of Asian Americans) , CLUSA  together with 16 partners presented “In Time of COVID19 Video & Essay Contest” bringing these stories to our community and simultaneously acknowledge and honor their creators.

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5)    If background music and other visual, verbal and sound (reference) material are used from internet, the contestant must possess copyrights or have explicit permission to use such  material(s).

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