Published: July 29, 2020 | 17 min read, 3324 words
Even though the German shepherd likely had cancer, his health records show how little we know about animals and the coronavirus. Buddy liked dog stuff: running through the sprinklers, going on long car rides, swimming in the lake. He cuddled the Mahoneys—his owners and family—at the end of tough days. He humored them when they dressed him up as a bunny for Halloween. He was a protective big brother to 10-month-old Duke, the family’s other German shepherd. He loved everyone. He lived up to his name. In mid-April, right before his seventh birthday, Buddy began struggling to breathe. Six... READ MORE
July 31, 2020
It is such a sadness...I read this story twice earlier in the week, and again just now. Each time it becomes more compelling. The Author does a beautiful job of telling an incredibly lugubrious tale in an exceptionally empathetic manner. Outstanding quoting, commentary, and sourcing from myriad locales, provide the undergirding. The Writer's own exposition provides insightful elucidation. The included photographs, while welcome (to put a face, so to speak, on the dog referenced) nevertheless do lend to the laden atmospherics of the piece. In the end though, a worthwhile, if tragic, account told well. Five stars! Lastly, and allowing leave for a brief digression, the words of Aeschylus come to mind. "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart..."
July 31, 2020
As much detail as can be gleaned from current data, and knowledge of the virus interaction with pets is included here, along with detailed commentary from multiple veterinary professionals.