It may look really cute, but it's a bad idea.
It's not as cute as the puppy in the picture above. It could be a nasty bacteria that settles in your brain.
Meningitis, is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It's pretty awful if you get it.
The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections that usually get better without treatment. However, bacterial meningitis infections are extremely serious, and may result in death or brain damage, even if treated.
And then there is ring worm. It's not really deadly.....unless you let it get out of control. I will spare you the graphic pictures I saw while downloading these. These are NOT the worse case scenario.
And remember the bubonic plague? The "Black Death". Bubonic plague is not usually spread from person to person. Small rodents, such as rats, mice and squirrels, carry the infection. Fleas that live on these animals act as "vectors" and carry the infection from the rodent to humans. People may get exposed to the bacteria from flea bites or from direct contact with an infected animal.
Picture of bubonic plague bacteria from an infected lymph node, or bubo.Photo courtesy of the CDC