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Thank you for all you do for this breed. I rescued a Boxer/pit 2 1/2 yr old female that was used for puppies. She will be spayed and just be the loving compainion she is. Such a sweet girl and I treat her like a Queen.
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Back when it was just a foreign concept whose name was limited to public health journals and the occasional horror movie, my sister and I used to joke about Ebola. Every time we got the flu and felt like garbage we would text each other “Ugh, I have Ebola.” It was shorthand for “I feel very under the weather at the moment.”
But now that it’s finally happened, this snaking into the global population that public health experts have warned of for many years, we stopped joking about having Ebola because now we might ACTUALLY HAVE EBOLA.
I know the risks are low. They are, for now, still very low, and I am grateful for that. But it’s hard not to panic unless you turn off the TV, because all we see are bridal shops being bleached and entire school districts shutting down because someone rode on a plane with someone who might have at one point been symptomatic. My own school district just sent out an email assuring us that they have an Ebola plan in place, and we’re in San Diego, with not an exposed person to be found. Preparation is key, though, so I’m glad they are thinking of it.
I was at the doctor yesterday, for a routine sort of thing, and when they took my temperature the doctor noted it was 99.5.
“Are you feeling sick?” she asked.
“Well, I do have the tiniest bit of a sore throat, now that you mention it,” I said. “I’ve been travelling all week, and you know how that goes. I mean, I lysol that plane seat down and…” My voice trailed off as I noticed her giving me the side eye.
“Not to Dallas,” I said. “New York. No one I met had Ebola.”
“Oh, thank goodness for that,” she said. “How about West Africa?”
“No,” I said. “Do you get that a lot?”
“No,” she said.
“So you don’t think I have Ebola?” I asked, being serious.
“No,” she said.
So she gave me a flu shot instead. I had totally forgotten about the flu in the midst of this Ebolademic, to be honest. Fortunately for me, she hadn’t.
As I stood in line at the pharmacy behind an elderly emphysematics on oxygen, a guy picking up Lipitor and a diabetic purchasing insulin, I looked down at her discharge notes: take Vitamin D. Wash your hands. Get some sleep. But just to be safe, and because I want to protect my spin buddies, I decided on a self-imposed quarantine from the gym for the next 24 hours. Can’t be too careful.
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I’ve been curious about hunt tests for retrievers for a while. I’ve never actually seen one, yet know some people who do them. Liz and Andy put together a training day today and invited me along. I brought Coulee (and Lacey too so I wouldn’t need to make two trips) and we went for a short walk before everyone else got there. Then we got down to work.
We did two retrieves on land and two in water. Coulee rocked all of them. That’s my girl! Once I knew what it entailed, I wasn’t too surprised she did well – she’s basically be training for it her whole life. :)
All the other dogs did great too. There were a tonne of flatcoats, a lab and Coulee. These are a few of my favourite pictures from the day.
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Our congratulations to Bentley. The young Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will soon be going home after 21 days in quarantine and passing three tests for Ebola.
Bentley’s owner, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, was released from her own quarantine at the National Institutes for Health in Maryland last week after being cured of the deadly disease. Immediately after her release, she said that she was looking forward to seeing Bentley again, but officials told her she had to wait. The incubation period for Ebola is 21 days, and Bentley hadn’t quite been under observation for that long. Tomorrow, that 21 days is up.
But even at that point, it was already being reported that the news was looking good: Bentley was healthy and happy in his quarantine, and had already passed several tests. Now it's official, and he'll get to go home. Yesterday, Sana Syed, director of the Dallas Public Information Office, happily tweeted, "All 3 samples came back negative today. We're planning the big reunion for Sat -Nina is ready! Will keep y'all posted."
Although seeing her dog was one of Pham's first requests when she came back home, it was denied until now. Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins, who's been overseeing the response to Ebola, was afraid that having Nina visit and then leave again would be painful for the dog and make it harder for the vets to keep him comfortable in isolation. "I'm lobbying for her and the dog, but we have to do what the doctors and scientists think is best," he told the media at the time.
Even in isolation, Bentley has become beloved by vets and the public alike. Cate McManus, operation manager of Dallas Animal Services told CNN, "He's such a joy, you can't help but love this little guy. I can't wait to see him on talk shows when he's all healthy and out of here."
The most important thing about Bentley's stay in isolation is the contrast it provides to the response in Spain. Officials in Madrid euthanized Excalibur, the dog belonging to an Ebola patient, almost immediately after his owners were put in isolation. Despite protests, there was no attempt to isolate and observe the dog, nor to even discuss the possibility of Ebola being transmitted from a dog to a human. (There are no reported cases of such transmission happening.)
There will be a lot more opportunities for panic and hysteria to take control if we see more Ebola cases in the United States. The cases of Bentley and Nina Pham prove good models of how to handle the crisis calmly and rationally.
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