I won't be in today... Fido has a touch of the flu
I was very taken by the story of the Italian academic who claimed two days sick leave from her university because her dog was sick. Needless to say the employer took a poor view of this and the issue ended up in court. The judge found that the pet was part of the family, so the woman won her case and Italian employers must be quaking in their boots. I assume she provided a vet's certificate.
It did strike me that the Italian judges are not much different from ours and it is only a matter of time before one of our learned friends awards about 15,000 to some pooch that was in a five-mile-an-hour motor accident and the owner swears is plagued by whiplash.
The central point in court was the pet was part of the family. It was also pointed out that it would have been cruel to leave the sick animal alone.