The Dog Virus|
This virus is no
joke. It is progressive & dangerous. It will begin with one cute puppy, usually for
companionship. You will not realize that youve been infected even when you begin
trying to convince your family that foraging for food is more rewarding than buying
groceries. You may not recognize the symptoms even when 90% of your snail mail consists of
pet catalogs & show entries, and sick days have all been used to visit
every dog show within 600 miles.
By the time the virus has taken firm hold, you will have reduced your yard to a safe area
that can be enjoyed by your dogs. You will be trying to sell the kids swing set to pay for
the latest dog toy. Your computer will threaten to crash because of the huge amounts of
dog web sites, nutrition sites, programs, breed lists, rescue lists, advice lists, dog
images, and canine health html bookmarks that have filled all available space. You will
borrow from your childs college fund to add more memory.
This virus will take over every room of your house in the form of flyers, catalogs,
premium lists, dog toys, dog beds, crates, dog food, and dog treats. You will begin to
avoid anyone who doesnt have a dog and try to convert anyone who doesnt know
your breed. Your family will not recognize you unless youre covered with dog hair.
You will seriously consider a second mortgage to take advantage of dog toy sales or, even
worse, dog show entries. Depression will set in immediately after the last dog show of the
season. Your own dog will worry about you. There is no cure.
Thankfully, there are groups where you can talk to others that have been infected and who
will understand you. With luck theyll also know of a really good sale on dog food
& supplements . . . .