Seven Newfoundland puppies were discovered living on a desolate island in the middle of a lake in Canada.
The rescue of the litter has captured the hearts of people around the world.
The puppies were first discovered by a passing boater, who heard yelping coming from the uninhabited island.
Volunteers from Norway House Animal Rescue ventured north to pick up the puppies and drive them back to Winnipeg where they are now being looked after.
They named the puppies the “Gilligan’s Island crew” because they have no idea how the puppies became shipwrecked on the island.
According to Deb Vandekerkhove, a local boater named Junior Cook was with a friend and heard animal sounds but it was getting dark and he couldn’t see the puppies.
“They took their binoculars and they couldn’t see anything but some dark shadows, and they heard a bunch of crying,” she told CBC News. “They thought originally it was wolves.”
But he returned the next morning and discovered the puppies.
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He fed them, but they were wary of people approaching, so he reached out to Norway House Animal Rescue. Volunteers drove north to help rescue the pups.
“Operation ‘Gilligan’s Island’ is underway,” the group wrote on its Facebook page as they provided updates about the unusual rescue.
“They will be the Gilligan’s Island crew — four boys, three girls,” Vandekerkhove, told CBC News. “As we meet them, we will attach their names based on their personality — you know, who’s the goof, who’s the boss.”
She said the puppies were not familiar with humans. “They’re getting better with people now, which is a good thing because they were terrified of them when they first came.”
Norway House Animal Rescue
The dogs arrived safely in Winnipeg on Friday. “Operation Gilligan’s Island is now complete,” the group wrote. “Over 1700 kilometres or converted to over 1000 miles traveled to pick up the puppies and other homeless animals.”
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The puppies have since been named, with rescuers revealing, “Skipper and Gilligan are best of friends.”
Norway House Animal Rescue
Since their rescue, the pups’ rescue has gone viral around the world.
Okay. This is getting a little crazy. ABC News, Washington Post, all the Canadian Outlets pretty much, and France. Yes….
The puppies have since been adopted through Winnipeg Pet Rescue.
To support Norway House Animal Rescue visit their Facebook page.
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The man gave it two weeks (the amount of time the shelter said it may take for the dog to adjust to his new home), but it just wasn’t working out. Maybe it was the fact he was also trying to adjust to a new situation. Maybe they were too much alike. But then the man started going through Reggie’s stuff, and that’s when he was reminded of a letter the previous owner had left with the dog. That’s what would end up changing their lives dramatically.
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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?
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
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.