During the outbreak of Coronavirus people have gotten creative with ways to help their communities stay strong. Whether it be making hand-painted signs, homemade masks, or a simple check-in with a neighbor who lives alone; a little gesture goes a long way. Some people are even finding new and practical ways to get everyday tasks done. Mariva Natividad Botero, a resident and business owner in Medellín, Colombia is one of those out-of-the-box thinkers who has a new system in place to go about tackling her day to day workload. Owner of a local mini-market called El Porvenir, Botero has enlisted the help of her precious pooch, Eros, to complete deliveries to some of their regular customers.
Four-Legged Friend to the Rescue
Eros, an eight-year-old chocolate Labrador, has been with the Botero family for several years now. Before she met Eros, Maria was hesitant to get a dog. However, her son’s repeated pestering finally convinced her to adopt one. They welcomed Eros into their lives, and he’s been an integral part of the family ever since.
When they opened their mini-market four years ago, the Boteros would bring Eros along for their daily deliveries. Thanks to a big brain (and lots of treats), Eros gradually learned the names of some of their repeat customers. When told someone’s name that he’s familiar with, he’s able to make his way to the person’s home on command without a chaperone. When the COVID-19 pandemic got bad in Colombia and the government began restricting citizens’ ability to go out and purchase groceries freely, Maria knew it was time to put Eros’ skills to good use.
Climbing the hilly neighborhood of Tulipanes with the handle of a basket clutched tightly in his mouth, Eros completes deliveries on a daily basis. Once he arrives at his destination, the customers know that tipping in the form of treats and lots of pets is a must. He’s such a good boy, after all! Inside the basket, Maria leaves a receipt for the goods delivered. Customers can pay via a simple bank transfer.
Keeping a Community Safe
With over 200,000 cases now on record in Colombia and daily cases climbing to more than 10,000, the restrictions in place for citizens are extremely important. Delivery workers are more essential than ever — even this less-than-conventional four-legged delivery worker. In an interview with AP News, Maria told reporters, “He helps us to maintain social distancing. And people love it when we send the dog.”
Eros definitely is a hero but he is not the only furry friend who jumped into action when things got tough. In March, a golden retriever in Colorado began delivering groceries to an elderly neighbor who was unable to leave the house.
The dog, named Sunny, delivered groceries to a neighbor who because of his health issues, is completely confined to his home. Not only did Sunny do the delivery drop off, but he also stopped by to pick up a grocery list so that his owner, Karen Eveleth, could ensure that she got her neighbor everything he needed.
In rural Maine, a local put her sled dogs to good use and delivered a round of groceries to a handful of senior citizens in her town. Who needs Amazon Prime when you have a sleigh stopping by to provide everything you need? In an interview with Insider, Hannah Lucas, the owner of the sled dogs, explained, “I really just wanted to help minimize their risk with the pandemic going on.” If there was ever a time to go out of your way to be kind and helpful to others, now is the time to do it!
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