As it’s often been the case during 2020, there’s a couple that got a so-called ‘pandemic puppy’. It was similarly named as that memorable outdoor country dog on “The Secret Life of Pets” cartoon film.
Rooster was allowed to be petted by strangers at the beginning. Six months in, the couple has seen it increasingly difficult to establish people boundaries. The concern deals with sharing their bed with the dog.
Who’s to know, then, that a random stranger would put the virus on Rooster & thus its human caretakers? But as social humans, when empathizing with those, especially kids, that rush in to pet, who’s to say that outright rejection’s the right thing to do?
It’s a valid point for many to be wary. As we’re told of keeping surfaces clean, wouldn’t that include a dog’s surface. What about when the dog tries to return the pet favor with a reciprocating hand lick? Then dealing with the emo human types which get so caught up in the interaction, the mask comes off?
While being wary about the possible street petting interactions, it’s even more so when people don’t ask for permission. It seems as if those that feel they have an automatic right to pet any animal that comes to them, may take less overall precautions, thus having higher transmission risks.
So yeah, pandemic petting has now become a bone of contention (pun intended). The other side of the proverbial two-way street, is that pets could potentially be seen as transmission vectors to strangers. With all the tracing going on, who’s to say this may not ultimately bring about legal actions?
It stands to reason that as pets deal with the same environment as humans, they’d be automatically considered higher risk to be affected than other animals. While a direct relation may be considered between pet-human closeness & a corresponding proportional increase on the virus affecting the animal, that hasn’t been the case…yet.
There’s been isolated cases, like that of a pooch getting covid but with a cancer pre-condition. Granted, there’s not as much testing being done on animals. Of those that are, the amount found to be infected is negligible.
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