5 Guaranteed Ways To Get Sick AND Your Best Defense When You Do

By Katy Cable
A 6 min immunity-boosting read

NO…YOU DIDN’T READ THAT HEADLINE WRONG! Remember way back last week when we were all rubbing our eyes, groggy from the daylight savings time change? Sitting pissed-off in stopped traffic catching up on emails, calls and texts and noticing Friday the 13th was coming and what doom could that hold?

Overnight, the CoVid19 pandemic has become, for nearly all of us, the most unprecedented event in our lifetimes. Not only do we have a rapidly spreading, highly contagious pandemic to contain but the financial devastation may be an even more deadly side-effect leaving many of us in the dog house.

Two weeks ago, my blog covered the unfolding Corona-virus crisis in Italy. Since then, the number of reported cases worldwide has more than doubled. In my blog I stated that most of us will be exposed to the Corona-virus and the chances of catching it or carrying it are likely. The chances of dying from it are much lower UNLESS… You’re at high risk due to old age or an underlying condition. Some of those being heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and a weakened immune system.

OHHHHH NOOOO! THAT’S 90% OF AMERICANS. We’re ticking time bombs stuffing our faces with processed junk, drugs, alcohol, sugar, and Vape pens. We spend every waking hour picking up any “gig” or “side-hustle” we can find in an effort to cover rent, medical costs, student loans, and hopefully eek out a little fun. We are over-worked and under-insured (-if insured at all.) Most of us are either small business owners or independent contractors with zero benefits.

In the last week, this pandemic has shut down restaurants, bars, events and pretty much ALL SOCIAL ANYTHING. The stock market is falling like a lead balloon and people are in a complete panic. I too was in a panic. I have no income while events are cancelled and stores closed. I’m worried about my neighbors and friends many of whom work in travel and leisure industries. I’m worried I’ll go CRAZY with cabin fever. My husband and I might drive each other NUTS and get so SICK OF EACH OTHER after being house-bound, we may kill each other long before CoVid 19 🤪!

In all seriousness, I have learned. I had a serious condition last summer that brought me to my knees. I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune disease that attacks my thyroid.) I was able to heal myself and bounce back with a whole foods diet, limiting carbs and sugar, meditation and 8 hours of sleep each night. So, after my tips on what NOT TO DO, I will share a plan of attack to keep you healthy and out of fear. Lastly, you will find helpful links and information specifically for dog owners. Plus, common questions answered.

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this crisis. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Pugs and 😘 kisses!

​-Katy & Olive


Lock your dog in quarantine in another area of the house since they carry germs.

Call every last one of your scared, “doom-and-gloom” “glass half-empty” friends and discuss this situation at length.

Count every last dime, double check your investment portfolio and retirement fund value which is melting line a snow-cone in July.

Stay under the covers watching TV news all day, flipping channels to make sure you’re informed and “on top of this crisis!”

Stand in long lines for several hours at Cosco, Walmart, Trader Joe’s (or any other grocery store) in the cold pouring rain, (or worse, in the checkout line) with a death grip on the filthy grocery cart you were fortunate enough to snag. Try to avoid contaminated air droplets while fighting for the last can of SPAM or “bargain bin” fruitcake leftover from Christmas. Try not to go into a full blown anxiety attack as you realize you don’t have enough food to get through the week much less this pandemic.


1. STAY HEALTHY. This is the reason we have immune systems. TO FIGHT ILLNESS and HEAL. Broken bones heal, chipped nails grow, hair grows, blemishes clear, we recover from colds and flu. Keep your machine in top running condition. Our bodies are just like luxury automobiles. Treat them as such! You wouldn’t give a prize race horse mac-and-cheese, put high octane fuel in your tank too!

There are so many vitamins and minerals in fresh, whole unprocessed foods. Eat more salads, veggies, fruits, nuts, fish and lean meats. Probiotics and fermented foods such as pickles, yogurt, goat’s milk, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, & sauerkraut, flood healthy bacteria into the gut to fight illness.

2. HYDRATE: Drinking water flushes your entire body and allows it to function. Don’t leave germs stagnating in there. Set your Apple watch to remind you to sip water throughout the day.

3. GET A PET. This is a perfect time to CLEAR THE SHELTERS. Having a new pet to love and care for will fill your heart with love. It will give you a purpose. If you can’t adopt, foster. Just call ahead since most shelters have adoptions by appointment only. Getting out in the fresh air walking a dog plus training/caring for a pet will be one of the best things to cheer you up and boost immunity.

4. BE MINDFUL. Attitude is everything. During these stressful times be careful about what you put in your head. Stress, panic and worry tax your immune system. At the same time, a good belly laugh, petting a dog, reading a good book, calling a friend and doing a kind deed for another will build up your morale and immunity. Are there some fun things you’ve wanted to do but never have time? Take an online course, write your memoirs, paint, clean out your closet, plant a garden.

5. MAKE A ROUTINE AND DAILY PLAN. I begin each day with 30 minutes of meditations on the app: Insight Timer. I then vent my feelings by writing 3 pages in my journal, followed by writing 3 pages of gratitude. I limit my social media to 30 minutes with uplifting, positive friends and PETS. I then go out on one of many walks with my dog RAIN or SHINE and, while walking, go through the alphabet finding something I’m grateful for with each letter.

FEAR IS REAL but stay in the here and now! I almost had a nervous breakdown when the President announced this “shelter-in-place” may last well into August. After a panic, I stopped and realized today I’m fine. Today I have what I need. Today I’m healthy. I can get through the next hour and I can worry about tomorrow later. We’re all in this together and we will get through this. I would imagine we will probably have learned a crucial lesson about how we want to live our lives.

​Please reach out to me if I can be if any help and I invite you to join me on social for daily posts and connection. Take care of yourself! ❤️


​While many of us are anxious and worried, dog owners have the comfort of knowing there is no evidence our pets can spread COVID-19 or become infected by it. That fact comes from the World Health Organization. Just because our pets are spared from COVID-19, doesn’t mean life isn’t changing for pet owners. Here are some things dog owners should keep in mind until corona virus is no longer a threat.
What if I HAVE BEEN exposed to or have COVID-19 and I have a dog?
First, know that it’s highly unlikely your dog will become sick, but as a precaution, limit your exposure to your pets. If possible, let another family member care for your dog. If that’s not an option, limit your interaction with your dog and always wash your hands before and after touching and feeding your dog.
Veterinarian Visits:

  • If your dog has a vet appointment for routine services, such as a checkup, nail trim, dental appointment, call your veterinarian and let them know your situation. If it’s not a medical necessity, your vet may reschedule your appointment or ask you to have a family member or friend bring your pet to the office.
  • In the event of an emergency with your dog, contact your nearest emergency veterinarian office and let them know you may or do have COVID-19 and your dog needs emergency care and follow their guidelines.
  • If you need special dog food or medicine while you are ill, ask a family member if they can pick it up for you or request home delivery from your veterinarian.
  • If you take your dog to a large veterinarian chain like Banfield or VCA Animal Hospitals, you can use their chat services to have non-emergency questions answered.
  • If you have non-emergency medical questions about your dog on the weekend or after hours, consider using one of the many telemedicine services. Here is a shortlist of online veterinarian services:
  • Active4Pets
  • WhiskerDocs
  • PetDesk
  • Petzam
  • Televet

Grooming Appointments / Doggy Daycare / Training / Dog Walkers


What if I HAVE NOT BEEN exposed to or have COVID-19 and I have a dog?
Even if you haven’t been exposed to coronavirus, practice social distancing and handwashing when meeting with veterinarians, groomers, trainers and dog walkers. No hugs, high-fives or handshakes for now.
Veterinarian Visits:

  • If your dog has a vet appointment for routine services, such as a checkup, nail trim, dental appointment, call your vet and ask if they have implemented special policies due to the threat of coronavirus.
  • Do not bring anyone else to the vet appointment unless absolutely necessary.
  • Keep a distance between you and other guests in the waiting room. Do not be offended if your vet asks you to wait in your car until the exam room is ready for your dog.
  • If you only need to pick up food or medicine, this would be a perfect time to switch to home delivery options.

Grooming Appointments / Doggy Daycare / Training / Dog Walkers

  • Contact your service provider ahead of your next appointment as they may have new policies to keep everyone safe. Groomers and trainers may be temporarily suspending in-home sessions during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Some daycares and grooming facilities may offer curbside pickup and some may prefer your dog to be dropped off without a collar and leash so the facility can use their own.
  • Always be sure to wash your hands before your visit and immediately after.

Can people become infected with COVID-19 from dogs? The World Health Organisation for Animal Health states: The current spread of COVID 19 is a result of human-to-human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals including dogs and cats, can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.

Can dogs become infected with COVID-19?

  • There is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human disease or that they become sick.
  • There is one dog in Hong Kong that tested positive for COVID-19, but did not show any clinical signs of the disease. That dog was also exposed to owners that were sick with COVID-19.

Should I get my pet tested for COVID-19? Not at this time! There is no indication that healthy and unexposed dogs should be tested for the virus.

Should I do anything to protect my dog or cat from Coronavirus?

  • There have no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with COVID-19 and currently, there is no evidence that they play a significant epidemiological role in this human disease.
  • As a rule, when handling and caring for your dog, basic hygiene should always be practiced, including handwashing before and after being around or handling your dog, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.

What if my dog is not feeling well or is showing signs of flu-like illness?

  • If your dog exhibits any signs of illness, such as coughing, sneezing or lethargy, call your veterinarian immediately, and keep your dog indoors to prevent further spread. So far dogs have not become infected with COVID-19.
  • Signs of illness in dogs and cats are more likely to be associated with common viral and bacterial infections such as kennel cough, canine flu, etc., that are neither coronaviruses nor transmissible to people.

Corona-virus has changed our way of life for the time being. This will pass. In the meantime, your dog can be a dog. It’s safe to walk your dog, let him play in the backyard, and take him for car rides. Just keep a safe distance from the other people you encounter along the way.

Please reach out to me if I can be if any help and I invite you to join me on social media for daily posts and connection. Take care of yourself! ❤️

Pugs and 😘 kisses!
-Katy & Olive

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I love PUGS, cappuccinos and bad carbs. Spent my life as an actress, writer and now pet activist. Here’s “A little Kibble” if your children have paws!

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