Pandemic Pets two years later

Animals adopted during the initial quarantine of the COVID-19 pandemic are now about two years old. How have these pets adjusted to society post isolation?

Isabel Rodriguez

Last year, the day before Valentine’s Day, my family adopted our second dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer who, ironically, turned out to be much less loving and adorable than his adoption date suggests. We named him Tucker for the way he can sleep for hours after a long day of running through the house tormenting my older dog.

Maybe we’re partially to blame for his hyperactive nature, with my return to school a month later leaving him a limited window to adjust to his new surroundings. Thankfully he wasn’t overly affected by the isolation, and became known throughout the neighborhood as “that dog who jumps on the fence when you walk by.” To anyone seeking a new companion, please learn from our mistakes and research your future pet to be prepared to handle their temperaments. Although, as crazy as all my friends and family know Tucker is, he can be sweet and innocent in between energy shocks.


Lael ingram

As an owner of a pandemic pet, I have first hand experience of how difficult it can be to raise one. Around May of 2020, my mom and I adopted an adorable dog we named Fiona Mae when she was around 2 months old. With our constant presence at home up until March 2021, my mom working and me in virtual school, Mae became attached to us quickly.

However, because she was spending so much time with us, she developed separation anxiety. She cries every time we leave the house without her, but she is a handful to take with us, so it is hard to find balance between the two.



“He was most likely born in the pandemic. He doesn’t like most people, dogs, and especially squirrels. Most may just pass it off as him being a mean dog, but he’s honestly very sweet. When he goes outside, it’s like a switch goes off in his head. He barks at other dogs, squirrels.. even though he’s a little guy! Since the pandemic, he probably hasn’t had much contact with humans and other dogs. hence his feral behavior.” -Ajax Wise, ‘26 (Photo Courtesy of: Ajax Wise)
“He was getting used to his new home, so he was antsy and feisty. But I think it really helped him get acclimated because I was working from home.” -Elizabeth Lloyd (Photo Courtesy of: Elizabeth Lloyd)