All that remains to be seen is whether either of the dogs become afflicted, because yesterday evening and continuing into the night, the three remaining human members of the household developed the plague as well. I think the total amount of household sleep tallies up to about 45 minutes, and I'm being generous.
The cat should be fine; the day she greets one of us on our return this gleefully will be the day pigs fly (perhaps to spread swine flu).
If you're in the mood for your own canine to lie bedside while you ail, I suggest Joyce, who looks exceedingly patient and loyal. Or Winfred, who'd very much like you to change his name.