Regarding the recent story about the dangers of being licked by animals, let me just say this:
For 51 years, I have been affectionately licked thousands of times by various pets and animals. I have never contracted any disease from any one of them.
There are few things in life more wonderful or rewarding than an animal showing its appreciation, its trust and its love by an occasional smooch. I might carry an extra Kleenex from now on, but I'm not about to push my furry friends away.
Don't forget: A few germs help keep your immunity system strong.
Donna Wagner Hilton Head Island