With the COVID-19 vaccines becoming more accessible, going back to the office is likely for many people across Acadiana.
This means the pets that have had months of undivided attention, will be left alone.
If pets are not adjusted to us leaving the home ahead of time, the abrupt changes could cause them stress and trauma.
When you do leave your animals, Vikki Bourgeois, a certified professional dog trainer with Sit Happens in Scott, suggests you leave them with something to do.
"If your dog isn't used to being out when you return to work put them in a safe management space. So maybe a crate or laundry room. And when doing that you can use - these are really popular- its called a Kong. it's a rubber food toy and you can fill it with peanut butter and freeze it so they learn when mom or dad is gone i get this really great thing. You can also make them work for their food. so lets say your pet is used to being loose in the house, puzzle dispensing toys are great you can put their kibble in here."
And that leads us to this morning's pet of the week, this duo needs a drum roll please!
Snarf and Nermal are hoping for a fresh start in 2021!
These brothers were adopted out last year as kittens and unfortunately re-entered our shelter on New Year's Eve.
At just a year old, they are at their prime and insistent on giving your home that thing its been missing: lots and lots of cat cuddles!
Snarf loves to play and Nermal's quiet demeanor is just brimming with charm.
You can find an application to adopt these two here.