Puppy Pandemic: Families Who Recently Added Furry Friends | Capital District Moms

Kona and Piper Forlini

Have you heard the term “pandemic puppy?” Well, it’s probably the cutest phenomenon to come out of this Covid-19 crisis. Across the country, families in quarantine are jumping into the puppy pool, taking their extra time as a family to  bring home a furry friend. It’s a perfect way to keep kids engaged, encouraging responsibility and helping the whole family stay active.

Kristen Forlini, a Connecticut mom of three, (two sons, 7 and 2, and a daughter, 5), finally convinced her dog-averse husband to get a German Shephard puppy when schools were closing due to coronavirus. “I thought it will be entertaining for the kids and help during this difficult time,” says Kristen. As for her husband? “He didn’t agree, but he also didn’t disagree,” she jokes. Soon after, they had not one but two puppies. When the family couldn’t decide which one to get, she told her husband to pick. “He came walking out with both. I really thought he lost his mind because he never wanted one, and now we were driving away with two, but I just went with it!”

Lady Liberty Pickle Chernow

Shandee Chernow, a single mom of two (two boys, 10 and 7) based in Arizona, adopted a puppy (also a German Shephard) to add to their current dog crew of two (a bull mastiff and shitzu poodle mix). “Our bull mastiff went into heart failure about 16 months ago. She’s currently beating the odds, is well past her prognosis and is doing fabulously well. When it became apparent that she intends to stick around for as long as possible, we wanted to give a new addition the opportunity to learn from her,” says Sandee, who is the President & CEO of CertiStar, a food allergy advocacy group. “The best part is that we’re home all the time, so I can give her the attention and training she needs,” she adds.

As for Kristen and her family, six weeks in, they’ve hired a dog trainer (for Greenwich locals, Jessica del Guercio) who is helping them adjust to a “new normal”, which includes puppy-proofing,  inevitable chewing and other puppy behaviors. But it’s been a great choice for their household, says Kristen: “Watching the kids smile from ear to ear as the dogs chase them around the house and yard has definitely helped put a smile on our faces. It has been a huge distraction and our focus is on them, and the kids of course, rather than what’s really going on in the world right now.”

Thinking of adopting? Check out the Free the Shelters initiatives helping to clear shelters, created by Cathy Kangas, CT dog mom and CEO and Founder of PRAI Beauty, which is covering adoption fees through April. Participating Shelters include:

To donate or learn more: www.praibeauty.com/products/donate-to-prai-for-paws or at https://cathykangasfoundation.org/



Animal Shelters/Rescue Groups near the Capital District:


Animal Lovers
East Greenbush PetSmart, 279 Troy Road, Suite 11, Rensselaer, NY 12144


Animal Protective Foundation
53 Maple Ave, Schenectady, NY 12302


Dog House Adoptions
P.O. Box 214, East Schodack, NY  12063


Estherville Animal Shelter
100 Russell Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833


Friends of Phoebie Animal Rescue Inc.
21 Blind Rock Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804


Greyhound Rescue of New York, Inc.
PO Box 1527, Clifton Park, NY 12065


Heaven Sent Animal Rescue
Phone # (518) 522-0668


Homeward Bound Dog Rescue
33 John Street, Schenectady, NY 12305


Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.)
P.O. Box 2497, Wilton, NY 12831


Hugs from Henry
PO Box 2913, Malta, NY 12020


Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204


Peppertree Rescue
PO Box 2396 Albany, NY 12220


Regional Animal Shelter
117 W Fulton St, Gloversville, NY 12078


Rottie Empire Rescue
[email protected]


Saratoga County Animal Shelter
6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020


Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection
Follow on Facebook at Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection


The Capital District Humane Association
PO Box 11330, Loudonville, NY 12211


The SPCA of Upstate New York
588 Queensbury Ave, Queensbury, NY 12804






This originally appeared on The Local Moms Network.

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