The Daily News pens this depressing headline:
For some reason I am reminded of another story of wasted opportunity or pined for alternative realities. My friend told me of the sad and strange life of the dog his family owned when he was a child. For her entire life, the dog was unusually sickly. She would cough and sneeze and walk around lethargically, sleeping most of her hours away. The vets could not figure out what the problem was. It is important to note that during this time, my friend's family also owned a cat who was quite the opposite in disposition. He jumped around, scratching up sofa pillows, having an altogether good time of it. Then later in both animals' lives, the cat passed away. Suddenly, the dog was lively. She ran and jumped at things for the first time ever. She showed excitement when family members would return home, a new development in everyone's lives. In short, she was alive for the first time in her life. It didn't take long for my friend's family and a wily vet to figure out what had been the problem all those years. The dog had been allergic to cats. Unfortunately, her "new" life lasted only two months and then she died of an old dog's disease.
And so, many better announcers live and now we have this headline. To think of what could have been!