A Pomeranian blight has made its way around the world, from country to country and continent to continent, and now the breed is nearly extinct.
The blight began in March, deep in Tajikstan, where the breed is held in very high esteem and where some outlying rural tribes of people even worship the tiny dogs.
The illness starts with a cough, and then all the dog's fur falls off. The dog turns blue and shrivels to half its size, and then dies. The time between onset and death is approximately half an hour.
Other breeds of dog are not susceptible to the blight.