Date : Jan 07 2013
Someone gave us Tank, the Mastiff, late Christmas Day as they were going to send him to the pound. My fiance and I had been dreaming of adding a rescue Mastiff to the family, and through an offhand comment of a freind of a friend, we learned about him and just couldn't allow him to be sent to die in the pound.
He is 5 years old and had been recently hit by a truck which made a spiral break in is right hind femur. He has had surgery to correct it, but the first veterinarian left bone fragments in his leg and the bones do not appear to be healing. We believe that since Tank had always been a yard dog that he was not properly crated after the first surgery so the bones did not have the opportunity to heal.
When we got him, he weighed 104lb, which is severely underweight for a Mastiff (who should weigh at least 160lb). After the previous owner gave him to us, he then revealed that Tank had heartworms. We got him to the new vet on 12/28 and Tank will likely have to have corrective surgery on his femur again, which is going to be very costly, as well as undergo heartworm treatment We're optimistic that he can make it through this, but it's going to be costly, and with me being a graduate student things are going to be tight.
Ever since Tank has been in our home, he's started to "live" again. He was so down and out and seemed like he had lost all hope the first day or so he was with us. That's all turned around now and he's loving life again, and has become a vital part of our family. He loves to hug and be hugged, to give a big LEAN into you to ask for attention, and won't hesitate to be waiting right there at the door for us. He's just a big cuddle bear and loves life.
We just want to help him to not be in pain anymore and to enable him to be all the dog he can be. He is currently being seen by Dr. Williford at Montgomery Veterinary Associates. Thank you for opening your heart, we appreciate anything you are able to do to help Tank!