This Dog’s Adorable Yellow Cast Hides A Very Sad Story

Written by: Arin Greenwood

February 23, 2016

Banana Joe’s bright yellow leg cast comes with a sad story. His sweet little bow tie comes with quite a lot of hope.


In early February, this 9-month-old pup arrived at a veterinary clinic with a broken front leg. His owners said they’d only had the guy for two days. They thought euthanasia was the best option.

Veterinary technician Paula Matt thought otherwise. His owners agreed to let her take the dog home instead — to try to make him well and then find him a new home.

“It just felt too awful to have to euthanize an otherwise healthy puppy due to something that he could easily heal from,” Matt says. “It can be emotionally difficult to work in the veterinary field, so it felt good to be able to try and do something so positive.”


Banana Joe is living with Matt and her clan now (which includes three dogs, two cats, and some chickens). Joe travels back and forth to work with Matt every day, and he’s doing great.

But he has some costly medical procedures ahead, like surgery for his broken leg and then a neuter operation – one which looks to be more complicated than usual, since Banana Joe has a testicle that hasn’t fully descended.


So Matt – who also owns a shop for stylish pets – is now trying to raise some money. She’s got a GoFundMe page to do it.

She’s also got a brand new line of Banana Joe bow ties, which are cute as a button (and cost just $9.99!). Proceeds will be used to pay for Banana Joe’s snipping and cutting and healing.

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And after that — well, someone is going to get very lucky. Banana Joe will be on the market for a permanent home he can slip right into.

Not that Matt wouldn’t want to keep him forever, of course. But inevitably, another adorable munchkin who needs her will come along. “If I kept every dog or cat I fostered,” she said, “I think I’d be considered a hoarder. Who doesn’t deserve a second chance every now and then?”


Do you know a cutie pie in a bow tie? Have another dog story to share? Get in touch at [email protected]!

Featured image via Paula Matt

Written by: Arin Greenwood

February 23, 2016

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