Though I’ve yet to experiment with weighted blankets, I am familiar with the sensation of being lovingly suffocated by heavy warmth. It happens when my 10-year-old drapes himself across my resting body to snuggle, talk, read, or laugh. As most parents can attest, one version of a no-longer-miniature kid climbing on you can feel squirmy and uncomfortable. But another, calmer version is incredibly delightful and how I imagine hibernating animals must feel in their messy, furry pileups.
On Sunday, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced that Nadia, a four-year-old female tiger at the Bronx Zoo, tested positive for Covid-19. The testing was done after the tiger and six other big cats — three lions and three tigers — developed a dry cough and the zoo learned that one of the animals’ handlers was positive for the virus. Fortunately, the animals are expected to make a full recovery and are “doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers.”
While at first it sounded like the universe was playing a giant Tiger King-themed prank…
“Hi, my dog died. Could I possibly have an extension on this assignment?”
Sending several variations of this email to editors I was working with felt like a version of “my dog ate my homework.” It felt weird, silly even, typing out the words, but I couldn’t craft any other sentences, let alone full articles. I wished it was a made-up excuse.
As badly as I wanted to get my mind off my dog’s death, I couldn’t. It was impossible to work. I stared at blank Google Doc sheets while nothing (usable) came up. All I could picture was replaying…
Caroline Kramer says adopting Romeo, her Miniature Schnauzer, has caused her to get more physical activity every day, “and he has filled my daily routine with joy and unconditional love.” So Kramer is not surprised by the results of two new studies, including one she led, that find having a dog is linked to longer life and better outcomes for people who’ve had a heart attack or stroke.
Kramer’s team reviewed 10 separate studies involving 3.8 million people, finding the following benefits linked to dog ownership: