For those who can’t go to the link, the following is what it says:
FYI, none of this is mine. It was posted by Bilton veterinary centre, the same one as in the picture. All credit goes to them but I felt it was important to get word out about some of the breeds of dogs that are riddled with health problems. If you own a pug that’s perfectly healthy that’s cool, but it’s doesn’t change the fact that an alarming number of short nosed (almost no nosed at this point) dogs have extreme difficulty with tasks like breathing and blinking.
"So I am going to have a rant now and I apologise in advance if this upsets anyone, but here goes.
Last week, I managed to reduce a lovely family to floods of tears. They had brought their new dog in to come and see me. There was a young lady, her husband and their two children of about 8 or 9 years old and they were all already absolutely besotted with their new pet - their first dog, and they had been planning it for several years.
The dog was a 5-month-old French Bulldog that they had picked up from a breeder about 4 weeks previously. They were concerned that their new dog may have “a chill” as the dog had sore runny eyes, difficulty in eating and kept making a choking sound. They had also noticed the dog had a “funny smell” about him.
As I examined the dog it became quickly apparent what was occurring and my heart sank.
This dog was yet another increasingly popular “short-nosed” breed that was suffering horribly from a myriad of problems - all related to its poor breeding and its unfortunate anatomy.
After the examination, I found that this dog had:
- Eyeballs too big for its eye sockets. So much so, that when he blinked, the eyelids didn’t fully cover the eyeballs. (Imagine going out on a windy day and not being able to blink!) This had resulted in deep painful ulcers forming on both eyes that in the short term would require intensive treatment and could feasibly result in the rupture of one or both eyeballs.
- The bones forming the front of his face (the maxilla) were so squashed by virtue of this style of this breed (called the brachycephalics), that the soft-tissue structures of the throat are compressed and forced backwards - obstructing his larynx. Amongst other things, his soft palate was so elongated (relative to his skull) that it kept getting trapped over his wind-pipe.
-His nostrils were completely occluded, so absolutely no airflow was possible through his nose. All of his breathing had to take place through his open mouth. This meant that whilst he was eating/sleeping he was going through bouts of asphyxiation and so would have to spit the food out or wake up and open his mouth - purely so he would be able to breathe. This explained the “choking” sound that there were hearing all the time. He could just manage to breathe with his mouth open, but this then exacerbated the problems with his soft palate.
- The skin fold over the top of the nose (caused by the squashed face involuting the skin) had caused a crevice of around 2-3 cms deep, where the skin was rubbing against its self. In this area, the skin was ulcerated and was full of liquid pus. It was this that the owners were smelling. This was incredibly painful for the animal and he cried every time I tried to clean it.
-The skin around his feet, ears, armpits and groin was red raw and inflamed. He clearly was very itchy and had been licking at these areas repeatedly - which had, in turn, made them more sore and painful. This is very typical of a condition called “atopy” which is very common in many breeds, particularly the Bulldogs (French and English).
So at this point, the shocked owners asked what needed to be done to sort him out.
So I had to explain that he would need:
- Bilateral eyelid shortening surgery that would allow the dog to blink properly and prevent further ulcers from forming. As well as long-term medication to improve the quality of his tears.
- Complex soft tissue surgery of the back of the throat to, (amongst other things) shorten his soft palate to facilitate his breathing.
- He would need both of his nostrils opening up so as to allow adequate air flow to be possible to allow him to breathe/exercise/eat/sleep properly.
-He would need a “face-lift” to remove a large amount of excess skin on the front of his face, to try and open up the fold that was causing so much infection and pain.
-He may need allergy testing, food trials, anti-inflammatories etc to try and manage the atopic skin disease that he has.
*He needs all of this fairly urgently.
*He can’t have all of this done at once and so will require several anaesthetics and complex procedures to be done over a period of time.
*He is only 5 months old.
*He needs all of this doing - just so that he can live a vaguely normal life.
*HE IS SUFFERING.
Also - he is not insured. It transpired that the new owners looked into insurance but the premium was so high for this breed, that they felt they couldn’t afford it. To move forward, he would have to go to a specialist veterinary unit (sadly recently set up to deal with the increasing number of very poorly brachycephalic dogs with extreme conformational issues) and this treatment could cost upwards of £8,000 to correct.
Once I had discussed all this with the owners - they were understandably distraught. They had hoped for a “cute” and “cuddly” family pet that they had seen examples of spread throughout popular media. They had no idea that these problems even existed. Instead, they now have a much-loved dog that is miserable, has a long journey ahead of it and one that they cannot afford to have fixed.
The family left the room in floods of tears, armed with medication that would temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms and try to make the poor little dog more comfortable. From what I have later found out, this dog has gone to a rescue centre to be rehomed. It may have moved away, but its problems most certainly will not have done.
Pugs, Frenchies, English Bulldogs and Shar-Peis are amongst the breeds which are increasingly being abandoned in vast numbers as people cannot cope with their ongoing problems, illnesses and costs. It upsets us all hugely when we see how many of the problems frequently associated with these breeds are now classed as “normal”. I will commonly hear “Oh it is normal for this breed to struggle with A, B or C”. NO IT ISN’T NORMAL!
These trendy flat-faced breeds are some of the most expensive puppies to currently buy. There is serious money for people who sell a litter of these puppies and so the incentive to breed is VERY high. It must be said that there are responsible breeders who are trying to “back-breed” these types of dogs to have longer noses, smaller eyes, more open nostrils etc and try to reduce the incidence of these conditions, and these people should be applauded. However, puppy farms and irresponsible owners are rife, and these “breeders” don’t seem to care a jot about the long-term prognosis and what the future holds for “their” breed.
It is also worth noting that many of these breeds are unable to give birth naturally now too (due to the shape of the puppy’s skulls) and so the mothers often go through multiple caesareans…
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP AND THINK before you buy. Come and talk to US about the breeds that you are interested in - and we shall give you the whole picture.
I am completely exhausted and totally demoralised seeing these type of problems on a daily basis. There are enough horrible illnesses, diseases and potential accidents out there without being destined to be unwell before you are even born.
Whilst people are still buying these dogs, people will still breed them and the problem will never go away.“
Major Discovery: BotW’s Adventure Log = Link’s Diary?!
At this point, our beloved game Breath of the
Wild has been out for around half a year already. If you have played the game,
you are probably very familiar with the Adventure Log feature in BotW that
helps you keep track of all your missions and side quests. Or else its pretty much impossible to remember if you were catching chickens for this guy or collecting weapons to show that kid who’s boss.
But here’s the thing- Have you ever thought about the Adventure Log’s origin? Who or what
is helping Link keep track of his missions?
If your answer is the Sheikah Slate or the
“system”, which is what I’ve always thought, I’m gonna go ahead and assume you
own an European/American copy of the game. Because apparently, in the Japanese
version of the game, there is evidence that shows that LINK is the one who
wrote the adventure log to keep track of his own journey.
“Ok… So what?”
So Link wrote the Adventure Log. Big deal. It’s
not like this is gonna change the gameplay in any way.
…True. However, Link didn’t JUST record his
missions in the Adventure Log. According to the Japnese version, Link would
often type up some of his own thoughts and comments on what he was doing aside
from his current objectives. This could give us a deeper insight of Link’s
Here’s an example:
This is what shows up after you complete The
Hero’s Sword quest. The content of the two versions are very similar, but notice
the use of “自分”
(myself) in pic 1. This is evidence that the adventure log is written by Link,
who’s talking about himself in first person narrative, instead of “the system”.
With that in mind, the Japanese version can be translated to:
Finally retrieved the legendary Master Sword. (I) Don’t know if it’s just an
illusion, but the sword itself seems to be delighted about this.
this moment, Princess Zelda is still inside Hyrule Castle, fighting to suppress
still holding on to the faith in me, believing that I will definitely come for
with the power (that I have) now, can she really be saved (by myself)…?
You see what they did there?
The English version replaced every first person pronoun Link has used with “you”!
As someone who owns an American copy, and has
never set the system language to Japanese, I was absolutely SHOCKED when I was
told about this (credits at the end).
Remember how we could find diaries of NPCs all
across Hyrule? Link’s was right under our noses this whole time!
Now that you know about this, does your
adventure log seem a bit different from before?
finished visiting all 13 of the locations in the old pictures. I remembered
everything I’ve been through together with Princess Zelda.
those memories (of mine), Princess Zelda always strived to complete the task
burdened onto her…
if it’s just a moment sooner, (I) want to save her as quickly as possible
want to see her smile again, with these eyes (of my own).
The translation on this one is just OFF. I
can’t believe the English version completely omitted the last part, and
replaced it with some kind of mission instruction.
Link has been fighting all this time to see
Princess Zelda’s smile again with his own eyes.
Not to mention those side quest logs. Once you
realize that all of the entries were written by Link himself, the seemingly
trivial information recorded in those suddenly opens up so many more hidden sides of
Link. It basically re-introduced Link as someone with normal human emotions
instead of the silent hero depicted throughout the game.
The caring Link, who was worried about a girl
he only met twice for putting herself in danger:
inside and found part of the Royal Guard’s Series, famous among equipment
those were shown to Parcy, the traveler at the stable, her curiosity about it
seem to be provoked more than ever (by me). (I) Hope she won’t do anything
Link, who felt glad for other peoples’ happiness:
sign of appreciation for bringing the town together and as compensation for the
work done (by me), a hefty amount of gems that were unearthed during the town’s
construction were given by Hudson (to me).
wish the couple could live happily ever after.
The reckless Link, who apparently felt thrilled
when he managed to knock out some monsters with his new companion:
captured the giant horse in Taobab Grasslands
that’s why. It’s indeed a really big horse. It trampled whatever kind of
monster in its way with ease when it galloped. That was really cool.
it was brought back to Straia (by me), he was very surprised.
Link the foodie, who carefully noted down new
recipes he learned along the way for future use:
brought Kiana the goat butter and hearty blueshell snail required for cooking
seafood paella. She shared some of the dish (with me) as thanks!
The playful Link, who tried to mimic the way
Gorons speak- by adding “goron” at the end of every sentence- after he passed
the Test of Will and became one of the bros:
(I) kinda want to write down Kabetta’s Bro Motto, but there’s not enough space goron?
too bad goron…
The empathetic Link, who felt nervous for the
guy in this side quest, then relieved when the couple finally got together:
The last line on the left is the Japanese
equivalent of What the heck…
I guess the statue is a bit too weird even for
our great adventurer.
Finally, we have the entry that shows up after
you complete the DLC trial:
conquered the merciless Trial of the Sword.
believe that) Princess Zelda would be quite happy about how much I’ve improved
As we all know, Breath of the Wild is a game
that focuses a lot on the freedom given to the players. Even the main story line
is broken down into the form of memories, waiting for the players to find. As
the players venture on into the wild, they would eventually find the
information they need to learn about this world. The amazing amount of details
you can find about Hyrule and its people is an important reason why BotW is so
On the contrary, the info available about our
protagonist is very limited. The only piece of description that directly
describes Link is in Zelda’s diary, where she points out that he is a very
quiet person, and that’s it for our hero.
Link had always had the most extensive
character description. Right under our noses.
Nintendo got us. They got us GOOD.
But now we know.
SIX months after the game’s launch.
…Better late than never.
P.S.: Fun fact about BotW Link- he seems to
like the sand seal game a lot. Of all the entires about racing minigames, the
sand seal game is the only one where Link wrote “(I’ll) try to get a better
score next time!”
He’s so adorable I can’t //////
Disclaimer: I did not discover this.
This discovery was made by a Chinese gamer @atomaruU about a week ago. To make sure that her theory
is correct, she cross referenced the English version of the game, only to
discover that the language is completely emotionless and robotic. Therefore, to
allow more people to see who Link REALLY is, I was asked to write this post
based on the Chinese article she published.