San Antonio, Texas, 05/01/20. Melissa Giang is a sophomore communications major at UT San Antonio. Between school and work she didn’t have a lot of time to spend with her dog, Cody, before the shelter-in-place restrictions went into effect. Now, Cody is the only thing that brings Melissa some mental relief from the outside world. “When Cody’s sitting I’ll just look at him, pat my legs, and he’ll jump up to me and I’ll hold his paws so we can do a little dance,” Melissa said.
Melissa says humans rely on our pets a lot more than we like to admit, and they don’t have to do much to cheer us up. “With everything that’s happening, humans just seem so evil, and so a lot of us take comfort in our animals because we want that break from the outside world.”