As with humans, dogs feel two kinds of stress: eustress comes from something good like chasing a ball, getting a new toy, and greeting you when you come home. Distress comes from something your dog perceives as bad like getting a vaccine shot, having a stranger in the house, being ill or injured and moving to a different home.
We’ll also assume that your dog is over 6 years old. Autoimmune diseases can strike any dog at any age, but are more prevalent in “senior” purebreds. Keeping it simple, think in human terms of AIDS, lupus and (sometimes) fibromyalgia. These diseases interfere with the body’s ability to fight off infections; a common saying among human physicians is that nobody dies of AIDS; they die from AIDS-related complications like pneumonia, infections, and cancer. So it is also in the canine world.
Charley had no home; no one to care for him. He was, Naomi said, in excellent health, of lively and affectionate temperament and had no behavioral problems like biting or excessive barking. I could hear the distress in Naomi’s voice when she said, “Could you and Tristan find room in your home and hearts for him?”
The children all look forward to getting dressed up in their costume-best, going door-to-door with their large pillowcases, boasting the phrase “trick or treat” while scoping each sweet entering the …