Hitting 'paws' on life: Coronavirus self-isolating with pets has been a saving grace for many

WATCH: There is something happening online to help with isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic: cute celebrity pet photos.

Some aren’t having so “ruff” of a time while self-isolating during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Many around the world are being forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19, and while most aren’t happy about being stuck inside, there are some beings who are: Pets.

Stars are taking to social media to share how they’re passing the time with their furry friends, including big names, from Kristen Bell and Zoë Kravitz, to Jennifer Garner and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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The Terminator leading man shared an adorable video of him with his mini horse, Whisky, and donkey Lulu, sharing a cuddle and a carrot at the dinner table.

“See the  important thing is that you stay home because there’s a curfew now … After you’re 65, you’re not allowed out of the house anyway,” he says in the video.

“So we eat here … See, that’s what we do. We don’t go out, we don’t go to restaurants … We just eat with Whisky and Lulu.”

Garner had storytime with her dog, Birdie. “Books with Birdie: ‘The Mitten’. In case your day calls for a calming story,” she wrote in the caption.

Bell enjoyed a nighttime snuggle with her puppy. “Nighty night, my loves,” she wrote.

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Nighty night my loves. #ubuntu

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Kravitz enjoyed some quiet time with her pups, warning people to “stay inside.”

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self(ie) quarantine. stay inside kids. one day at a time.

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Kate Hudson shared a video of her dog, Cody, joking that he was having a bit of a crisis himself. “A different kind of Sunday,” she captioned the video.

Non-celebrity pet owners are taking to Twitter too to liven the mood by sharing photos of themselves isolated with their furry friends.


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Some are easing the difficulties of social distancing by having group chats with all of their family pets.

While self-isolation can be hard for humans, it’s been a happy time for their dogs.

The COVID-19 outbreak has also been a great time for naps with pets.

Some count their four-legged friends as their now-favourite coworkers.

Though the news hasn’t always been uplifting lately, at least animal lovers worldwide are making new memories with their furry friends.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend social distancing, frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

— With files from Reuters.

meaghan.wray@globalnews.ca

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