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Hilarious “talking” dog shares advice for humans amid coronavirus pandemic

Need suggestions on how to get through the COVID-19 pandemic? Look no further, Pluto the “talking” Schnauzer is here.

“I’m getting the feeling that there’s a time of crisis for the two-legged,” the adorable furry pup says in a video posted to Facebook. “I thought I could share some perspectives from the four-legged and maybe that could help you.”

The 13-year-old dog suggests tossing around a tennis ball around before confessing she’s confused about why all there is a shortage of toilet paper in the country, an issue she doesn’t have thanks to her mom.

“…What she does for me is she cuts the hair on my bum really, really, really short and then so stuff just, it just comes straight out and then there’s no worry.”

And for those worried about food, Pluto’s got you covered too.

“It’s really easy for snacks, you just go sniffing around a little bit and if you live near a little school or something, even if it’s closed, there’s going to be some leftover snacks around there for sure,” she says.

Pluto ends the video urging humans to “be good to each other” and “practice social distancing.”

“You shouldn’t sniff other people’s legs and really shouldn’t sniff their crotches until this whole thing is over,” she advises.

Of course, Pluto isn’t actually a talking dog, though she looks like she is due to an editing program. It’s her human, Nancie Wight, who handles all the technicalities.

More videos of the cute canine are viewable on the Facebook page PlutoLiving and on Instagram @pluto.living.

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Kansas City Facebook group confronts COVID-19 with beer

Efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have left people all across the U.S. to come up with ways of coping with temporarily unemployed, and in Kansas City, that means drinking plenty of beer, according to The Pitch.

A Facebook group called Quarantined Beer Chugs, launched by Liberty resident Andrew Beile, posts videos of themselves — you guessed it — chugging beer. The group, launched on March 20, has seen its membership swell to over 156,000. And while a large chunk of them are Kansas City residents, the group has gone worldwide.

The videos have gotten pretty crazy too. One clip, for example, features three men with nearly identical haircuts and glasses each dropping a chicken wing into a pint of beer, chugging it, then biting into the wing-like a lime wedge after a tequila shot. The video is set to Jeremy Osborne’s “On the Wings of Love.” The group even has a “Quarantined Beer Chugs Live Concert Series.”

However, the group must adhere to a strict set of guidelines, and Beile promotes drinking responsibly, urging members to “send water chugs if you in too deep” and to “keep the smiles and vibes rolling.”

The group has even launched a line of merchandise to raise money for businesses that have shut down to help halt the spread of the coronavirus. Chuggers can now purchase t-shirts, koozies, and hoodies based on the group’s original header image design by artist and Kansas native Anna Church.

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Here’s how not to gain the “COVID-15” when working from home during COVID-19

Sure, working from home has its advantages — like working in your PJ bottoms and not contracting a potentially deadly disease on the train. However, in our attempts to avoid COVID-19 at home, being around your kitchen all day might lead you to gain what some are jokingly referring to online as the COVID-15, as in the number of pounds you may pack on.

With your gym closed and your commute limited to walking from your bedroom to your couch, you’re certainly not getting in the steps you’ve been used to. And with the stress of the pandemic and the proximity to the emergency Hostess HoHos you likely bought on a supply run, it’s pretty easy to get off track.

Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director, Duke Diet & Fitness Center, talked to The Wall Street Journal about how to stop bad eating habits before they start. “One of the biggest pitfalls of working from home is grazing, or eating mindlessly as you work,” she says.

Politi suggests an eating schedule that emulates the one you had before the outbreak turned everything upside down. Also, don’t eat on the couch. Change your setting for mealtime — actually sit down at your dining room or kitchen table when you eat.

Another tip? Don’t stop buying the healthy stuff you used to. “I think people are afraid of buying fresh fruits and vegetables, but some are much less perishable,” Politi says.