Young Brazilian artist transforms old discarded tires into comfy beds for stray pets

A young Brazilian craftsman aims to help reduce the problem

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Amarildo Silva, with his good heart and creativity, is repurposing tires to make sure they don’t end up causing problems to the environment. He’s turning them into decorated beds for pets and so much more.

Two years ago, Amarildo was just looking for ways to earn extra income. He made money by using other people’s trash. He would make handicrafts using the materials other people no longer use.

Realizing how stray dogs are able to live with old tires, he came up with the idea to create something that would make animals’ lives more comfortable.

He started collecting old tires and turned them into cute beds for pets

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Amarildo would go through streets to look for old tires. He would take them home and store them in his own backyard. Eventually, he started storing them in one of his rooms.

The process is quite easy for a skilled person like him. First, he separates the tires. He cuts them before washing and painting them. Then, he’ll create a custom design for each tire. He writes down the name of the animal who’ll own the bed.

The custom beds are super adorable

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And the best part is that they can accommodate almost anyone. From big dogs to kittens, Amarildo is able to create a unique bed for every pet.

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He also makes really beautiful containers for plants

Amarildo doesn’t stop in making animal beds out of old tires. He repurposes them into plant containers, too. He’s able to make Christmas decorations out of them as well.

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After gaining more insights into the negative effects of throwing out old tires, he decided that he wanted to do more. So, he started making sustainable yet smart furniture. He’s also using his collection of old tires to make colorful but durable garbage containers.

The containers are painted with specific colors that would match the type of garbage they’ll hold. And to reduce confusion, he even puts a clear label on them. His creations make it so much easier for passersby to segregate their trash.

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During the whole time Amarildo is working with tires, he’s able to turn 1,500 tires into animal beds. And if you consider all the other things he can make tires, he’s able to keep 6,000 units from ending up in the trash.

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That number is such a big help to the environment. Old tires have a long list of negative effects on the environment.

They increase fire risk and they can serve as breeding grounds for pests and mosquitoes. In addition to that, old and unused tires can also overcrowd landfills as they take up such a huge chunk of space.

They can also cause chemicals and heavy metals to leach into the environment as they begin to disintegrate. Majority of those chemicals are carcinogenic and mutagenic. They can also contaminate the soil which can harm plants, animals, and humans.

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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.

What causes reverse sneezing?

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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.

How to end a reverse sneezing episode

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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.

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