So, you're sick. All you want to do is climb in bed with your dog and kiss her until you fall asleep. Right? NO, that is wrong. Your dog is not a ragamuffin, it is a living being. Sorry, that was sassy. I'll say it differently. Think of your dog as a friend. Would you want a friend's mouth breathing, mucous-infested face smashed against you all night? OK, that was still a bit sassy. Here: It's best to stay away from your dog when you're sick as a precaution. Also, your dog is your family and it's best to treat your family with respect.
But we don't have to worry too much about dogs. That's because the temperature of a dog is higher than that of humans and this protects us from transfer of viruses. But that doesn't mean the coast is clear. We humans can actually transfer certain viruses to our dogs. So we have to be careful.
Which brings me to the coronavirus. Not the cold one that lives at elementary schools, but the COVID-19 one that is causing the entire world to go all prepper on us. This is a new virus that is so powerful it has cleared shelves of clorox, purell and toilet paper. It has inspired all of us all to reread the dystopia novels to remind us what the author's protagonist stored in his prepper cave. (If your novel's protagonist stored guns, but another novel. Find one with a protagonist who stored books, wine, canned vegetables, a guitar, and never left her dogs behind). Yes, that one. Oh, by the way if you are out their hoarding? Make sure to remember your dog food!
Ok, so this virus appears to be a bit more dangerous than the flu, but at this point, we're not sure just how dangerous it is. It is extremely contagious. It' lives a long time. It can come back for another visit. And, according limited research, it can be transferred to your dog! Yes, you read that right. YOUR DOG! You dog will not become deathly ill and most probably will not have dramatic symptoms. However, China actually recommends quarantines of dogs in households infected with coronavirus. Your dog, however, is not able to transfer it to you. How unfair is that for the dog!
If you click on the picture above you will be able to read an article about what limited knowledge on the virus and it's transferability, particularly to our pets.
I like to write about people, animals, dogs. I enjoy ideas, good books about ideas, funny books about ideas, funny people who have ideas, advocates for people who don't have voices to express their ideas, and animals who have ideas we can't understand.