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Deplorable Lack of Disability Awareness at Paralympics: Guide Dog Left Behind

 Paralympic runner Kym Crosby is able to compete on her own but relies on guide dog Tron in places like airports and hotels. Coronavirus restrictions and Japanese regulations forced her to leave Tron at home during the Tokyo Paralympics. (Morry Anne Angell / Guide Dogs for the Blind)
Paralympic runner Kym Crosby is able to compete on her own but relies on guide dog Tron in places like airports and hotels. Coronavirus restrictions and Japanese regulations forced her to leave Tron at home during the Tokyo Paralympics.
(Morry Anne Angell / Guide Dogs for the Blind)
Gonna be on my soapbox for a minute.

You would think, at an event created especially for the disabled, that organizers would have a pretty good handle on what people of different abilities need. But check out this story from David Wharton in the LA Times. (Read the whole story at that link. Excerpt below.) Continue reading Deplorable Lack of Disability Awareness at Paralympics: Guide Dog Left Behind

Saturday Survey: COVID detection dogs

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The Miami Heat announced they’d be using COVID detection dogs to screen fans as they enter the arena. In theory, I think it sounds like a good idea, but I have questions about what happens if a person shows up as positive. Is there follow-up? Do they get reimbursed for their ticket? What do you think?

What would you think of being sniffed by a Covid detection dog?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Buddy: COVID’s First Canine Victim

Buddy.  Photo:  Robert Mahoney and Allison Mahoney
Buddy. Photo: Robert Mahoney and Allison Mahoney
From National Geographic: Buddy, the first US dog diagnosed with COVID19, has died. The sweet German Shepherd crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 11th.

Vets say the dog likely had lymphoma, a kind of cancer, so it’s impossible to know precisely what took him, or if the cancer made him more susceptible to the virus, but the US Department of Agriculture has verified he was definitely COVID-positive, likely infected by a family member. Continue reading Buddy: COVID’s First Canine Victim

Pets of the Pandemic

Photo courtesy AKC
Photo courtesy AKC

Have you considered what would happen to your animals if you were suddenly hospitalized due to the coronavirus (or for any reason, really)? What if you died suddenly?

Not a topic any of us want to think about, but one which we must consider.

In New York City, they have a special team that feeds animals abandoned by owners in the hospital, and takes in the animals who have been orphaned by the virus. But most of us don’t live in cities large enough to have this kind of service. Continue reading Pets of the Pandemic

Easing Your Dog’s Anxiety as You Return to Work

From our friends at Women After 50 on Facebook
From our friends at Women After 50 on Facebook

If you’ve been home with your dog during the pandemic, it’s likely your dog has grown very accustomed to having you around and may have anxiety issues when you go back to the workplace full time.

Some might argue that our dogs have enjoyed the stay-at-home orders more than anyone else, leaving owners with more time for walks, fetch and quality time with our pups. However, with businesses reopening all throughout the country and stay at home orders being lifted, we can’t forget about how going to work can affects our pets. Continue reading Easing Your Dog’s Anxiety as You Return to Work