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Feral Dog Stuck Shelter For Years, The Staff Won’t Give Up On Finding Him A Home
When a three-and-a-half-year-old Beagle mix named Banjo was stuck in a shelter for years…it seemed he had given up all hope. Since November 2016, the sweet baby had been living in the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society.
He was brought in when he was only just a few months old — and is now the shelter’s longest resident. But the GM Humane Society refuses to give up on Banjo and wanted to do whatever it took to find him a loving forever home.
The shelter recently shared a Facebook post with information about Banjo so that potential adopters could learn more about him — and the Internet is falling in love with the sweet pup who just has had a little trouble finding his family:
“He arrived at GMHS nearly three years ago and was completely un-socialized with people. In his time with us, he has grown so much and made friends with several staff members and volunteers.
That said, he is still most comfortable, and finds joy in, playing with other dogs and running around outdoors.
We would love to find Banjo a home with other dogs to play with and learn from. He would appreciate a fenced yard, so he could run while still being safe and secure. He and the other dogs in his potential adoptive home would also need to get along. (We do meet and greets for current dogs of potential adopters and their prospective adoptive dog to ensure the match is a best fit for everyone. They are individuals, after all!)
Banjo will require a quiet home with patient family who is willing to slowly earn his trust and watch him blossom slowly. He promises to entertain you with his playful nature and free spirit!”
The reason for Banjo’s lack of luck is his shy personality. Instead of running to greet visitors, he stays at the back corner of his cage with a worried look on his face. The classic Beagle eyebrows show his intelligence — but also his anxieties.
“He has such a sweet little spirit, but unfortunately because of his fearful past, he doesn’t show as well as other dogs might,” said April Martinez via WTKR, Executive Director of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society.
The staff at the shelter have been working with Banjo for years, attempting to help him become better with people. They even put him through a behavioral program and obedience training to make him a more appealing potential pet.
He was brought in as a feral pup, so life in the shelter around people is frightening to Banjo. However, when he goes outside, though, everything changes.
Outside, his personality shines as he runs through the grass and woods! He happily explores with a smile on his face and his tongue hanging out. Banjo simply needs to feel comfortable and free outside to be happy in his forever home.
Since Banjo doesn’t make great first impressions while in his cage inside the shelter, people don’t realize his true personality is so happy and sweet. That’s why the Humane Society took to the Internet to get Banjo’s story out — their long-time resident deserved a loving home and they wanted to make sure he got one!
And then, like magic, it all came together for Banjo. Because of his Internet fame, hardworking shelter staff, and Banjo’s squishy, lovable face, he found his family. According to a post on Facebook:
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Reverse Sneezing In Dogs – What to do…
Does this sound familiar? Your dog suddenly starts making loud snorting sounds—over and over again, in quick succession. Do you start wondering, did they swallow something they shouldn’t have? Can they breathe?! Chances are, you’re experiencing the infamous “reverse sneeze.” Veterinarians often see dogs whose owners rushed them in for an emergency appointment after finding them standing with their elbows apart, head pulled back, and eyes bulging as they snort or gasp repeatedly. Yet for the vast majority of these dogs, a vet visit was unnecessary.
Reverse sneezing looks and sounds scary the first time you encounter it. However, it’s a fairly common and harmless respiratory event for dogs.
Read on to learn how to identify reverse sneezing, what causes it, and how to tell the difference between a harmless reverse sneeze and something else.
What is reverse sneezing?
A reverse sneeze is pretty much what it sounds like: a sneeze that happens in reverse! The above video is a good example of what it looks and sounds like.
In a regular sneeze, air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is rapidly, and noisily, pulled in through the nose. It occurs in spasms lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute and sounds like snorting, snuffling, and even gagging. See the above video for an example.
Because of the sounds their dogs make while reverse sneezing, many people mistakenly think their dog is choking. However, a reverse sneeze is almost as normal and harmless as a regular sneeze.
There’s no single cause for a reverse sneeze. Like regular sneezing, it’s often triggered by an irritation or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses. It often occurs when dogs wake up from a nap, or after eating, when their breathing pattern may have rapidly changed. It’s also caused by irritants in the airway—anything from dust to an inhaled hair!
Some dogs experience more frequent reverse sneezing in springtime when the air is full of pollen and other allergens. Others reverse sneeze more in the winter, when sudden temperature changes between outdoors and indoors cause the nasal passages to contract.
Another common cause of reverse sneezing is pressure on the throat and neck. A too-tight collar, or straining against the leash, can irritate the throat and lead to a reverse sneeze. That’s just one more reason to consider a harness for your dog.
Finally, some dogs reverse sneeze after exercise, or when they’re overexcited. This is particularly common among brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds like pugs and bulldogs. When they get worked up, they may inhale their elongated soft palates into the throat, triggering an episode of reverse sneezing.
Reverse sneezing is super-common, and it won’t hurt your dog. However, some dogs become anxious during a reverse sneezing episode, and a lengthy episode may be uncomfortable.
You can help your dog recover from a reverse sneezing episode by remaining calm yourself. If you get anxious, your dog’s anxiety will increase, too. So, stay calm, and show your dog there’s nothing to panic about.
If your dog is experiencing a particularly long episode of reverse sneezing, you may be able to ease or end the episode by:
Gently massaging your dog’s throat
Briefly covering their nostrils, which will cause them to swallow and potentially stop sneezing
Depressing their tongue with your hand to help open airways
Some vets suggest gently blowing in your dog’s face
In the vast majority of cases, there’s no need to intervene. Reverse sneezing doesn’t last long, and your dog will be perfectly normal after it stops.
When you should go to the vet
As mentioned, reverse sneezing rarely requires veterinary treatment. As soon as the sneezing episode stops, the situation is resolved. However, if episodes increase in frequency or duration, you should call the vet just in case. You should also seek treatment if your dog’s reverse sneezing is accompanied by other respiratory symptoms or if they have any unusual discharge from their nose.Occasionally, chronic reverse sneezing can be a symptom of more serious issues. These include nasal mites, foreign objects in the airway, respiratory infections, and tracheal collapse. If you’re concerned about the intensity of your dog’s reverse sneezing, take a video to show the vet. They’ll be able to determine potential causes.Most dogs experience episodes of reverse sneezing at some point in their lives. For the vast majority of dogs, it’s a common, temporary, harmless reaction with no lasting aftereffects. Of course, it still sounds unsettling to our human ears! But now that you know what reverse sneezing is, you’ll be less likely to make an unnecessary vet visit.