Destiny Steers Him To An Injured Dog Too Broken-Down To Face Anyone But A Wall

When a man, named Calvin, was driving home from work, he got this overwhelming feeling to get off a specific exit. He never took that route before but then quickly realized why he was supposed to be there.

Off to the side, by the shoulder of the highway, was an injured dog all on his own. Calvin pulled over and as soon as he was about to get out of his car, the authorities showed up.

Calvin knew this wasn’t a good sign. He wanted to help the dog himself but once Animal Control got involved, there were protocols to be followed.

The poor dog was petrified as the men in uniform approached him. He even tried to get away despite his injuries.

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The poor dog was then taken in and put on a seven-day hold. Animal Control had to wait to see if anyone came forward to claim the dog. Calvin was visibly upset.

He knew the dog didn’t belong in a cold kennel. Especially with his substantial injuries and his overwhelming fear. He just stared at the wall, hoping to disappear.

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Calvin reached out to a friend, named Kendahl, who had rescue experience and she explained to Calvin that taking this dog in would be challenging. The dog was gravely injured and treating him would be very expensive.

At this point, the dog would have likely been euthanized but Calvin wouldn’t hear of it! He needed his leg amputated and Calvin decided to raise the funds for his surgery himself! Kendahl was thrilled to help as well. They decided to name the dog Ike.

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Once Ike was out of surgery, both Calvin and Kendahl were concerned. A dog like Ike needed extra TLC. His fear was debilitating all on its own.

Kendahl decided that Ike was best with her, as her foster. She had the time to be at his bedside. And that’s what Ike needed most.

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Kendahl didn’t just spend time with Ike, she worked to specifically show him that she’d never hurt him. It took effort, for sure, but Ike began to come around. 

Kendahl was finally ready to introduce her cat, Uno, to Ike. She expected some sniffs and maybe some tail wags. What she didn’t expect was a bond to form that would be life-changing!

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Amazingly, Ike continued to improve both physically and emotionally. Kendahl realizes that he will soon have to leave her and go to a forever home.

It breaks her heart a bit but she explains that if she doesn’t foster animals and help them transition into their new lives, she won’t have room to keep doing it.

While she wants to keep Ike, she knows what her calling is and that is to do what so many others can’t.

To see Ike’s story and his amazing transformation, check out the video below!

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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

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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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