Well, I tried to go on a little vacation and went about 200 miles before my dog started to get sick. Within 2 hours he was swollen up under the neck as hard as a rock. No eating, no drinking, massive swelling. A midnight run from Mexico to Santa Fe and an emergency surgery that left him cut wide open and lymph nodes draining all over the place. He was lucky. Things are going to be O.K. for him. Both my neighboirs pets and several co-worker's pets have been diagnosed. The plague. Some are lucky and get Bubonic like Wally. Most are getting Septicemic and Pneumonic and they dont respond as well to antibiotics. Pneumonic will jump to humans in a heartbeat and has a 50% mortality rate.
No telling how many animals have it here over the past week. And they certainly won't tell the truth about how many humans may have it. But it is here in force.
Check your dogs and keep that flea and tick preventative on them at all times. Dont let them chase or eat rabbits and get rid of all the mice and the rats. Keep any squirrels away by getting rid of all food sources. And most of all keep an eye on your dog. The plague is extremely rapid and you will see them change in behavior in a short time. If you catch it on the first day then everyone is happy. If you don't the dog is a goner and the family is at risk for the Black Death. Bummer.
So, they gave me a box of rubber gloves and an information sheet from the State Department of Health at the vet's office. This was after two days in the cab of a truck with this drooling 90# plague dog. I was sticking my fingers down his throat and doing the complete go around trying to find a snake bite or a foxtail. I would stop every 150 miles and wipe him down to keep him cool and force him to drink out of my hand. I would wipe the drool off his face and onto my pants, eat a handfull of trail mix and go another 150 miles.
I never thought about plague. I have a low fever and a mild headache and today I am thinking about it. Wally is feeling groovy and wants to go outside and play.
So far this year we have had a drouth, fire, flood, disease, pestilence and despair. It really does not get any worse that this naturally. I figure some stupid human is going to do something to make it worse now? Maybe start shooting as in Bill's vacation fun?
Haven't spoken to you in a long while. Sorry to hear Wally had a rough go, but sure am glad to hear he's on the mend.