The Golden Poodle award goes to Texas nurse Nina Pham and all the health care professionals who risk their lives to care for Ebola victims. And to her little Spaniel, Bentley, who helped establish new protocols for dogs of Ebola patients.
The Neanderthal award goes to the officials in Spain who made the decision to euthanize 12-year-old Excalibur, the dog who was part of the family of Teresa Ramos, "the son we never had." Ramos is a nurse who was exposed to Ebola after treating a missionary from Africa.
The kill-the-dog-first mentality has no place in the 21st century.
Having lived through the media frenzy of Asian flu, bird flu, and SARS, three so-called pandemics that didn't decimate the planet, I'm not sure whether to award the Lizard Brain award or the Pants on Fire to the officials who are supposed to keep us informed.
We keep getting new and conflicting information on a day-to-day basis from them.