On the Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, 281 passengers and 22 crew members have come down with what is tentatively diagnosed as the Norovirus. That means there's plenty of pooping going on. Here is the coverage of that major media story by Business Insider.
Meanwhile, on the frozen sidewalks of the Northeast, there is too little poop. So many dogs have been unhinged by the snow (more of the flakes came down last night) and the extreme cold. About 32 hours ago there was a breakaway from the single-digit temperatures to the low double-digits. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the dogs pooped on the sidewalks as usual, even though many remained snow-covered.
Aside from that short-lived reprieve, we pet parents have been totally preoccupied with the poop situations. Some dogs will just hold it in, amidst great discomfort. Others will do their business inside, amidst great shame on their part.
Despite walking my adopted dog Lee K. - he's from Florida, with this his first winter here north in New England - six times already today, there have been no signs that he had any intention of pooping. Other pet parents, such as my college classmate Anne Desmond who's based in the Washington D.C. Metro area, and I swap poop stories.
Had Lee K. and I been on the Explorer of the Sea, we may have been living through another nightmare. However, after weeks in high angst about no poop, that one seems more manageable.