Have you heard The Tobolowsky Files. I heard an episode this weekend about an unexpected love story with a pretty revolting dog. Pooch is a pitiful dog who shows up in Stephen Tobolowsy’s life one day and causes him to consider what is it that makes a dog your dog?
I used to love watching Australian Rules Football (now International Rules Football). It’s a fast, fierce game and they used to have these surreal umpires in white coats with white hats who looked like wacky butchers making very dramatic hand gestures and waving flags. Here’s footage of a Jack Russel Terrier who just can’t sit still while there’s a ball to be chased. He’s pretty fast & fierce himself and apparently stayed in the game about 8 minutes.
Do you remember Baltic the dog? He was the poor pup rescued off an ice floe 15 miles out to sea about a year ago by the crew of the Polish research ship The Baltica. He’d been spotted 2 days earlier floating down the Vistula River, but firemen weren’t able to rescue him at the time.
Baltic has since been adopted by a member of the crew and he accompanies them on some of their trips to sea. Storms still make him nervous, but otherwise he spends his time supervising the ship.
You hear that odd noise? That’s a bunch of nitwits doing their Chicken Little impressions by running in circles screeching that the sky is falling. A new study authored by Bruno Chomel points out it’s possible to catch certain serious diseases from our pets if we let them sleep with us. Chomel goes so far as saying we should not let pets sleep with us. And the media is reporting that letting your dog or cat sleep with you—COULD. KILL. YOU. (Cue spooky music.)
It’s not that I’m disputing the facts.
- you can catch the plague from your pets, if you sleep with a flea infested animal.
- you can catch meningitis from your dog. If you let him lick the wound from your hip replacement surgery or open wounds. Or if you regularly feed it food from your own mouth.
- you can catch Chagas. If you sleep with a bug infested animal.
- you can catch MRSA. If you dog carries it and licks you a lot & you don’t wash.
But, instead of saying “Ban all pets from your beds or you’re gonna die!”, I think we should be saying, “Keep your pet healthy and you’ll be healthier too!” I have a feeling we’re at far greater risk of getting hurt by tripping over our pets than catching the Black Plague from them. You know?
So be sure to:
- take your pets to the vet
- get them vaccinated
- treat them for fleas & ticks
- keep your cats indoors
- bathe your dogs
- make sure your pets don’t have worms
- don’t allow them access to carrion
- keep vermin like rats & mice away from your home
- keep raccoons away from your property (they carry round worm in their feces)
- feed your pets quality food and make sure they get exercise so their immune systems stay strong
And use some common sense, for pete’s sake.
- if your immune system is compromised, be very careful to avoid risks
- keep your open wounds covered and don’t let anyone lick them—cat, dog, human
- limit contact between pets and babies
- wash your hands
- don’t feed you pets food from your mouth
- don’t snuggle with a bunch of blood sucking bugs
And don’t trip over them!
I love this little laid back dude.