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Pet Corner

        At home with the one you love

        Even though kids have been away from their friends and some family during the COVID-19
        pandemic, they have grown closer to their pets at home. Have you been getting to know your
        family or pets better because of the quarantine, the time of staying away from others to prevent
        the spread of disease? See how some RedRover youth have been spending time with their pets.

                                           Ten-year-old Tiana says,
                                           “During the quarantine, my
                                           cat Buster ran away and was
                                           lost for three weeks. With the
                                           help of some very kind neigh-
                                           bors, we were able to bring
                                           him home. Buster is 16 years
                                           old. I learned that older cats
                                           do not like to play as much,
                                           so we do lazy cat things like
        Nine-year-old Stella and her       lounge and read. Buster makes
        two guinea pigs, Rufus and         me feel happy to have him
        Reggie, have spent a lot of        back with me.”
        time bonding. Stella recently
        rescued the guinea pigs.
        Stella says, “I've learned all
        about their personalities!                                           Ten-year-old John says,
        Rufus is more shy than Reggie.                                       “Brownie likes to go on walks.
        They've taught me how to be                                          Brownie and I play around the
        more gentle with my pets,                                            house, and I try to teach him
        and they've taught me how to                                         new tricks, like how to hop up
        take responsibility like cleaning                                    on my bed — my bed is pretty
        their cage and feeding them.                                         high. I also give him a bath, so
        They have really helped me                                           that he doesn’t smell stinky.
        when I stay at home because                                          During quarantine, we have
        they make it more fun and                                            gotten really close. Now, I get
        because they are so funny!                                           a chance to see Brownie all day,
        I love my guinea pigs."                                              which he loves."


            Patrick McDonnell
                Distributed by
           King Features Syndicate, Inc.
            © 2019 Patrick McDonnell

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