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Harley was sneezing the other day and I promise you, I thought his nose was extra wet too! Later that evening when I went into my own sneezing frenzy accompanied by an occasional nose blow, I thought – can my dog make me sick?…



Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been knocked out #muhammadalistyle by contagious aliments a few times in my life but not often.

When it comes to severe colds, fevers, and/or flu bugs I would best be described by the lyrics to one of my favorite Alicia Keys songs –

Even when I’m a mess – I still put on a vest – With an S on my chest – Oh yes I’m a Superwoman. #yesIam

But sitting on the couch having an olympic sneezing competition with my Goldendoodle made me nervous, so I opened my laptop.


While our pets might come down with a cold or another virus from another pet, we humans won’t catch our pet’s illnesses.

There are several viruses that can cause upper respiratory diseases in cats and dogs. None of these are transmitted to humans but can be very contagious to other dogs or cats. And of course there are hundreds of viruses that cause colds in humans, but you can’t spread them to you pets either. Source:

However – there are some exceptions.

Our pets CAN pass diseases along to their owners #horror But nearly everything we can catch from our pets is preventable and treatable.

If we wash our hands, and keep our pets healthy, we shouldn’t have any problems.


of what your pet might possibly “gift” you –

  • Ringworm
  • Roundworm
  • Hookworm
  • Giardia
  • Campylobacter
  • Salmonella
  • Tapeworm
  • Cat Scratch Disease
  • Bubonic Plaque
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Rabies

This site by Prevention is a worthy reference to review. They not only list the diseases you could contract from your pet, they also include the –

  • symptoms in pets
  • symptoms in people
  • treatment
  • prevention



Not sure where the sneezing came from – but we both stopped after a while.

I don’t suffer from allergies (that I am aware of) and Harley USED to suffer severely from environmental allergens but not anymore #futureblogpost

I now know when a Doodle get’s “up close and personal” then sneezes in my face – I need not panic…


…just wash my face and keep it moving!


The Boys received two boxes the other day. These were very special boxes from very special humans…


Come back on Monday with your morning beverage for a Doodlelicious announcement when we reveal the contents!

Kindness is free – give away as much as you’d like this weekend ❤️


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  • Monika & Sam
    August 5, 2016

    Special kindness right back atcha, today and all weekend long. Fingers crossed there are no more sneezing episodes for either of you. ❤️

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 5, 2016

      Thanks so much Monika – and we wish you the very same! We’re all sneezed out for the moment #thankthedoodle Take care my friend!

  • Jan K
    August 5, 2016

    That’s a relief and good to know! I think leptospirosis is another disease that can be transmitted to humans, though it’s only prevalent in certain areas of the country.

    Have a great weekend and looking forward to your news on Monday!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 5, 2016

      Thanks JanK. I’m sure there are many more but as you said – relegated to certain regions in and out of the country. I’m just elated colds ain’t one of them! 🙂 Have a great weekend…

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    August 5, 2016

    We just wash our hands a lot and make sure Mr. N is vaccinated. Oh and he also gets a lot of baths which he’s not thrilled about.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2016

      Sounds like your mom and I have a lot in common Mr. N.

  • Emma
    August 5, 2016

    Cats and dogs can pass on illnesses to one another, not all, but some. We have had that happen, and it is a mess! Humans are normally safe except for those things you mentioned. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2016

      I think most of my fatigue was from being tired from my trip last week. Went to bed really early last night and I’m feeling much better. Thanks Emma!

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    August 6, 2016

    Jan is correct about the leptospirosis – it is one of those zoonotic diseases that we can get from our pets – but it is not so prevalent any more in our necks of the woods.

    Anyway, I’m also looking forward to your Monday post about the Doodleboys’ boxes! Have a wonderful sneeze-less weekend!! Give the boys hugs and kisses for me! And give yourself a hug too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2016

      Sneezes seem to have moved on, I went to bed super early last night perhaps that’s what I needed to feel rejuvenated. Sometimes when you’re tired you can think your sick. Have a great weekend!

  • The Daily Pip
    August 6, 2016

    I have wondered about this, too, because I have received a few unwelcome furry sneezes in my face. Ugh!

    But ewwwwww, that list of things we can get from our pets is kind of nasty. Hoping we all stay away from those things.

    Will be back on Monday for your announcement

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2016

      I felt relieved too Pip, that’s why I wanted to share! Now I don’t panic when I get one of those wet sneezes all over me LOL

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    August 10, 2016

    I remember an episode of that pet talk show that was on (is it still on?); there was a woman who practically French kissed her dog and they informed her about how she could get worms from her dog.

    Loved it. I laughed so hard at her boyfriend who felt vindicated.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 11, 2016

      That’s exactly what ran through my mind – and inspired the post. In my head I remembered those round papers they placed in front of her showing how many parasites were in her blood stream #yuck Your not the only one who laughed at her boyfriend either – I was on the floor.

  • Aika
    March 4, 2019

    Your dogs look adorable! I want to virtually pet them. I am allergic to fur animals but I always love looking at these adorable creatures.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      Aika- then please virtually adopt them. Follow along with all their adventures and enjoy those raining cold mornings when I have to get up and walk them, while you get to stay inside! LOL Virtual pet ownership has it’s privileges! Take care 🙂

  • Enrique Pasion
    May 15, 2019

    Sadly, some really wan’t to blame their pets for any sickness they contract. Great article on this and for explaining that our best friends are just as susceptible of getting sick because we all do. A very interesting read.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      I agree Enrique, and others also use this as an excuse to get rid of a family pet – when it’s not the pets fault at all. Thanks so much for reading – come back again soon.

  • lee
    September 5, 2019

    I love the information you gathered and posted here. I enjoyed reading this valuable article

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 6, 2019

      Hello Lee – thanks so much for stopping by – I love learning “everything” dog – and sharing. Please come back again soon. Take care 🙂