FARGO — As local animal shelters search for foster homes during the COVID-19 crisis, local residents have answered the call.
Exhibit A? #coronacorgi.
Scottie Knollin, a corporate communications specialist for a local company, saw the story on InForum.com and took action to become a foster parent to a corgi named “Norman.”
“When I saw the need, I felt I could offer a stable and comfortable home for a dog during this stressful time and I knew the dog would help me feel just as stable and comfortable,” Knollin said.
Given the current situation, he said it was a fairly “quick turnaround” to become a foster parent and he and Norman are adjusting well.
“It's been great. Taking him for walks has given me a reason to get away from my home office, stretch my legs and get some much-needed fresh air. I live in an apartment downtown, so he's still getting used to the noise of downtown, but he loves watching other people walking their dogs and all the smells he gets to smell while we go for walks,” Knollin remarked.
Knollin has had positive reactions to his social media posts about his #coronacorgi, including one in which he shows Norman on movie night.
While the public might know Norman by his hashtag, to be clear, he does not have COVID-19 and appears to be a healthy, hungry and inquisitive dog.
“Besides perfecting his puppy eyes when I'm eating food, he spends much of his day sleeping as close to me as possible or keeping watch of the neighborhood from my Roberts Commons apartment. Downtown will be happy to know he has inspected every tree and light post on Broadway and approves,” he said.
In the short term, Knollin said he will keep sharing social media content about his #coronacorgi because his family is “itching to see how I’m coping with this new normal.” Knollin added that the dog is better content than anything else he could give them.
“The hardest part, for me, is thinking this is just temporary. I've already been in contact with the rescue to discuss the adoption process,” he said.