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GLASS FULL

Placing a fostered dog into a permanent home is typically a moment of fond farewell and satisfaction over a job well done. But the moment went awry for Shobeir last month when, no sooner had he delivered Itty Bitty to a home near Lovall Valley, the pooch slipped her harness and skedaddled down the road.

“I’m sure she is scared and cold,” Shobeir posted on a social media site in a plea for help in finding her.

Turns out Itty Bitty is pretty elusive. Multiple neighbors reported sightings and attempts to secure the little brown dog; some even formed a small search party with flashlights and food. But whenever someone got close enough for a potential rescue, she shot off like a jet.

Soon, reports were placing her nearly three miles from where she’d originally disappeared. But, finally, Shobeir had good news: She’d been found.

“We were able to track her to the Seventh Street East area,” he wrote, thankful for all the help in the search. “She wound up running into someone’s house on East Napa, they were able to get her in a crate.”

Those following the drama online were collectively relieved at the happy ending to Itty Bitty’s adventure. “So happy she is back with you and safe,” commented a neighbor. “Whoever adopts her should invest in a GPS collar.”

GLASS EMPTY

Henry from Sonoma Greens posted on a neighborhood social media site last week with a caution about a matter that could be an ongoing Glass Empty: “long COVID.”

“Large numbers of new cases (of COVID-19) lead to more ‘long COVID,’ the persistence — or post-infection appearance — of often-debilitating symptoms long after the acute infection,” Henry wrote, citing a report at cdc.gov. Henry points out that the problem has become widespread enough that Stanford has set up its own long-COVID clinic.

Henry refutes the argument that the current spike in cases isn’t a big deal as long as hospitalizations and fatalities remain low.

“Bottom line,” stresses Henry: “Large numbers of new COVID-19 cases means more long COVID, which puts tremendous stress on our already lean healthcare system, to say nothing of the suffering of those affected.” — Jason Walsh

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