Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Double-nosed dog

Unlike the storied but unconfirmed Andean double-nosed tiger hound, this dog is very real and was until just recently in need of a forever home."Snuffles" was available for adoption from the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, a no-kill shelter in Glasgow, Scotland. People are put off by his odd looks (PHOTOS HERE), but the 5-month-old Belgian Shepherd is happy and healthy. Although cleft palates are not uncommon in cattle and dogs, veterinarian Angela McAllister says, “Instead of his nostrils being fused together, he’s got some sort of split there. It’s a defect in his palate which gives him the appearance of having two noses as his nostrils can move independently of each other. I’ve never seen the condition in my 20-year career.” After the publicity, the Centre received offers from as far away as South Africa, but chose a family in East Lothian.

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