“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
D O G W A L K I N G C O U L D B E D A N G E R O U S
This week’s Wednesday Challenge on partner Susan and my alternate site, WEEKLY PROMPTS, is the word BOUNDARIES.
The COVID 19 virus has affected many aspects of our once normal everyday lifestyles. Social isolation has forced once thriving businesses and industries to close, the world economies to almost topple to Great Depression levels and the way we interact with one another to change drastically.
Many of us during times of intense stress and and personal loneliness turn to man’s best friend for comfort and of course moral support. Dogs do not fret over such minor issues as a pandemic and are always happy to greet, play with and console their master.
This “over acceptance” of their master’s love, care and affection just might jeopardize the health of man’s best friend. A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 4-year-old female Malaysian tiger, Nadia, had developed a dry cough and was tested “out of an abundance of caution,” the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo said in a statement. It is the first confirmed COVID-19 case in a tiger, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Several tigers and lions at the zoo showed symptoms of a respiratory illness.The tiger who tested positive is believed to have become infected by a zoo employee. The tiger first began to show symptoms on March 27th.
“Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers,” the Wildlife Conservation Society’s statement said.
The first human infections of the new coronavirus have been linked to a live animal market in Wuhan, China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
During this time of extreme concern and caution it might be a good idea to distance yourself from your pet and if you do suspect you have the virus set up a physical boundary between not only your immediate family members but also your loving animal.
If you are out walking your dog it might also be a good idea to distance its proximity to any other others you might meet on your daily walk. A little precaution might protect your nest friend from harm.