Dog walking in the time of coronavirus: Drones, hanging and official abuse

While we’re kept indoors by the coronavirus, some have decided their dog needs walking. Their methods oscillate between genius, unfortunate and outright abuse.

 

 

A particularly resourceful dog owner in Cyprus has seemingly engineered a method of walking his doggo while still staying inside during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Vakis Demetriou uploaded a video to Facebook depicting his happy canine companion taking a stroll through the streets of Limassol with his leash ferried by a flying drone.

Since Demetriou uploaded the video to social media last week, it has been viewed more than a million times.

The devoted dog dad hopes that his video will help to lift the spirits of internet users during the turbulence of the pandemic—and remind people to stay home until the virus is under control.

“Stay home safe,” he wrote, “but don’t forget your dog’s happiness…”

 

 

I don’t want to be a contrarian here, but one could assume that old mate Vakis is the one recording the contraption, and thereby, is heading out and not staying inside. Boo that man.

However, there is a new challenger in the realm of canine coronavirus celebrity, as an elderly Belgrade woman has gone viral (sorry) with her interesting method of walking her dog from safety, which seems to traipse the uncomfortable border of absurd comedy and animal abuse.

 

 

 

At least she’s taking the whole thing seriously. You could imagine that this sort of behaviour would fly in Italy, as elected officials have taken to social media to promise doses of very personal violence to those who step outside, especially to walk their dogs.

Massimiliano Presciutti, the mayor of Reggio Calabria, is angered that people are continuing to walk their dogs. In Italy, especially in the North, you need a certified reason in order to freely travel outdoors.

“Where the f*** are you all going? You and your dogs… which must have an inflamed prostate?” he said in a video circulating on social media.

For those of you who doubt Italy’s resolve, well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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