When you think of cute, cuddly animals that are kept as pets dogs, cats… maybe even a bunny comes to mind.
What probably doesn’t immediately jump into your head is a rooster, but one young teenager in Atlanta, Texas, shares a very special bond with her family’s pet rooster — and their friendship is hilariously heartwarming.
Holley Burns is mom to 13-year-old Savannah whose best friend just so happens to be a rooster named Frog.
Frog has lived with the Burns family for about a year, and as soon as he joined their flock, they knew he was different. He has feathers on his feet — a unique physical trait, and he also has a hard time walking. Holley explained, “He didn’t walk — he hopped. My son was like, ‘It’s hopping like a frog. We should name him ‘Frog.’”
Frog also didn’t behave like other chickens; he seemed to prefer hanging out with humans to spending time with other species on the farm. “He was very attentive,” Holley said. “He wasn’t interested in what the chickens were doing, he was interested in what the humans were doing.”
“I don’t think he thinks he’s a rooster,” she added.
And it didn’t take long for Frog to choose his favorite human.
When he was little, Savannah carried him around with her while she did her chores. “She’d take him to the laundry room and he’d watch attentively,” Holley said. “She’d go and wash dishes and she’d set him up on the counter and he’d watch her wash the dishes.”
Frog loves to hang out with Savannah while she reads, watches TV, and everything else. He loves his girl!
Savannah is good with all animals, but the friendship she shares with Frog is something truly special.
But possibly one of the cutest aspects of their relationship happens every school day.
Each morning, Frog walks Savannah up the driveway to the bus. Then, he waits for his bestie to come home from school later that day.
Holley shared a video on Facebook showing little Frog barreling out onto the driveway the second he hears the bus coming. His furry little legs are pumping a mile a minute!
Apparently, if Savannah is too slow to get off the bus, Frog’s been known to try to climb aboard!
“It’s gotten to the point that if they [Savannah and her brother] don’t get off the school bus on time, he [Frog] will get on the school bus,” Holley said. “Our bus driver is really good — he knows to watch out for Frog. He makes sure they’re in the clear before they leave.”
What an adorable friendship! Watch Frog greet Savannah’s bus in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story with someone who could use a smile today!
Frog Meeting His Savannah after school! Everyday routine for him!
Posted by Frog The Rooster on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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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.