News outlets, you’re weirding dog owners out about Biden’s hairline fracture
If you’ve owned a dog, you’ve landed on your butt a few times
In a post-Trump presidency (come January), it is going to take some time for comedic talk show hosts, news journalists and even clickbait bloggers to recognize the ball of tumbleweed going by under a President-Elect Joe Biden White House. While 74-year-old Donald Trump has managed to make pretty much every news source wait until right before the hour to nail down what they’d talk about that day — because no one ever knew what he’d tweet — 78-year-old Biden is more like the guy at the office party who occasionally says something entertaining but is otherwise minding his business and has his head down to do the work.
But somehow the news cycle is determined to make a news story out of this foot hairline fracture from his German Shepherd, Major. According to CBS News, Biden slipped and twisted his ankle while playing with the dog. An X-ray confirmed he had small fractures in his lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones. But the way NBC News swerved into the hospital, you would swear Biden leaned over and bit Major himself! CNN complained that Biden wasn’t being transparent about health concerns like this foot fracture.
This transparency requirement is questionable at best. Considering the TIMES wrote an article about how Trump found it “disgusting” for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to need a bathroom break, everybody is less transparent in comparison to the look-at-me president we’ve tolerated from 2016 to 2020. The bar for newsiness in the past four years has been low enough to bury. And maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I do not care about Biden’s hairline fracture, any of Clinton’s restroom stops nor Trump’s doctor visits — minus the ones about the worldwide health outbreak that has killed more than 267K and infected more than 13.44 million people under his watch.
More importantly though, if you’ve ever owned a German Shepherd or any dog of that size, I’m willing to bet you’ve had a couple bumps, bruises and floor lands. It happens. And you don’t have to be 78 years old for it to happen. Dogs of this size weigh 50 to 70 pounds and are about 2 feet tall. All they have to do is turn in a circle one quick time for you to need to scoot out of the way. They’re large, muscular and agile. And if Major is anything like my former German Shepherd, Faith, they often decide your entire body is a couch and your legs are chairs. Are they excellent guard dogs? Yes. They’re also good for herding, tracking and any athletic sport — because they are a ball of energy.
As a two-time German Shepherd owner (one was a Labrador Mix), I’m puzzled by why this is a big deal and counting off the number of times I’ve caught myself on a table, wall or stair banister to get away from these black-and-gold bundles of warm muscle. The bigger deal that is made about this, the more dog owners are left wondering, “What exactly is the story here? And why wasn’t the person who pitched this told they had the week off in the story pitch meeting?” And for dog owners who have dealt with grumpy journalists arguing about her story pitches, this is a double whammy. (Yes, I’m still talking about me.) We have had a flurry of crazy in 2020. Let’s focus on Biden actually working on those issues and not on an “oops” with his dog.