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Finally, having gotten my vaccines and waiting the appropriate amount of time after receiving them, I was able to pack my bags, put the dogs in the car and head out into the world again.

How refreshing to have a change of scenery and to be able to eat at a restaurant without fearing for my life! I was also very glad to get the dogs back to being out around other people and in social situations.

I’m afraid that many dogs will suffer the consequences of having been isolated with us during this past year. If you think about it, most of us have had few, if any, visitors to our homes since last spring. So our dogs have little opportunity to interact outside their immediate families.

I feel especially bad for those of you that may have acquired a new dog or puppy during the pandemic. As part of every dog’s training, there should be an emphasis on social skills such as greeting visitors at your door and getting them out and about and around as many people and other dogs as possible.

These experiences are key in their ability to build confidence and feel secure. If you’re in this situation with a new pet, start getting them out for walks or rides, visiting with friends and neighbors; anything that exposes them to new people, animals and surroundings.

On the way back home from Florida, for the first time ever, I didn’t even make a reservation. I didn’t want to confine myself to driving a certain distance and it worked out fine.

There were actually three hotels in the area that we stopped in that would have taken us. In the past it was basically limited to the economy motels and hotels, but that has changed dramatically. There are choices at all levels including high-end hotels; especially if you’re travelling with one or two small dogs.


I think the hospitality industry has realized that more and more people like to take pets with them on outings and vacations resulting in more welcoming policies.

The weather is breaking, vaccines are more readily available and you’ve probably been bored to death for months now.

So check out sites like and start planning your trip. They make neat little travel bags for pets now with all kinds of compartments for dry food, cans, toys, treats, etc. They make food preparation and such much easier.

Finally, make sure your pet’s identification and or microchip information is updated and then hit the road!

Shelter needs: Purina Kitten Chow, canned cat food (pate style), canned dog food, soft dog treats, hot dogs, cream cheese, pet carriers, and gift cards from pet supply and grocery outlets.

To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit

Source: South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter: COVID-19 limited social opportunities for everyone

Posted in 2021, SJRAS Articles