Pets provide comfort during crisis

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Tesse Benson and one of her dogs enjoy time together in the car. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
With the ongoing stresses of the coronavirus outbreak – isolation, loss of employment, missing relatives and co-workers and health concerns – pets are at hand and sometimes underfoot to soothe and provide hours of entertainment for their pet parents. “I’d hate to be going through this without my animal friends,” Tara Butchart said. “While my son Daniel and husband Harold are essential workers and gone most of the day, and my son Austin is busy on his Xbox, the animals keep me company and keep me busy. The rhythmic purr of the cat calms me and my best pal German Shepherd Reba is always by my side, making me feel both incredibly safe and loved. Nicoli entertains owner Teresa Miller during the coronavirus pandem
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