Zoe MD ( Medical Doggy ) and The Big Sickness

Zoe MD ( Medical Doggy ) checked the messages on her cellphone. “Hmm,” she said. “There are a lot of worried children.” She turned to her assistant, Daisy Wiener Dog. “Some of the children are frightened, Daisy. They don’t know what’s happening. All they know is they can’t go to school and some of their parents can’t go to work. They’re not sure what they should do.”

Daisy Wiener Dog looked at the newspaper. “It’s a scary time for everyone, Zoe.”

Zoe opened her Big Book of Knowledge. “My book says the important thing for children to remember is their Mommies and Daddies love them. It also says they need to sing Happy Birthday when they wash their hands with warm water and soap.”

“Oh, Zoe,” said Daisy. “Why do children need to sing Happy Birthday?”

“My Big Book of Knowledge says that’s how long it takes to make sure their hands are really clean. Plus it’s fun.” Zoe smiled. “But they can’t just wash their hands once.”

“They can’t?” Daisy replied.

“No, they have to wash them after they touch things. Especially, things other people have touched; they shouldn’t touch their face or eyes either.”

“That doesn’t sound too hard,” Daisy Wiener Dog answered. “Is that all children need to do?”

Zoe shook her head. “No. Children also need to stay away from people who are sick. But their Mommies and Daddies can help them with that.”

“Is that all the Mommies and Daddies have to do?”

“I’m afraid not. This is a hard time for Mommies and Daddies too, Daisy. Mommies and Daddies need to keep informed and ask for help when they need it.”

Daisy’s eyes got big. “Mommies and Daddies need to ask for help? I didn’t know Mommies and Daddies needed help?”

“That’s what my book says,” Zoe answered. “It says everyone needs help, sometimes.”

“Does your book say when things will get better?”

Zoe shook her head. “I’m afraid not, Daisy. All it says is that there are a lot of people working to make the sickness go away.”

“That’s good, isn’t it, Zoe?” said Daisy.

“Yes, the smartest men and women in the world are working on the sickness. It just takes time. You and I are going to work on the sickness too, Daisy.”

“You and I, Zoe?”

“Yes, I am a Medical Doggy, after all, and I do have a Big Book of Knowledge. I bet with our help the sickness will go away even faster.”