Meet Banky

Banky, who is 9 years old, is being surrendered by his family because they have a 9-month old child and they are not comfortable with Banky's interaction with the child. However, Banky is a good dog. He is not aggressive toward humans and has never bitten or attempted to bite anyone. Not uncommon to the breed, Banky has a very stubborn personality and does not easily back down when he is told to do something against his wishes. He will show his teeth, bark and look viscous to get you to back off. Even then, he won't bite but will do anything he can to get you off his case. He will often go under a table to desk to "escape" his family. For most of his life, his family let him have his way, so he's learned that this is appropriate behavior. Now, thought, with an infant in the house, this behavior is not working out as the child, who is starting to move around on his own, cannot recognize Banky's "warning" signs.

Banky gets overly excited when company comes. If he is allowed to meet the guest he will want to be petted and will immediately bark when the guest stops petting him. He never tries to bite anyone but will bark like a madman until he is given attention. If he is not allowed to meet the guest then he will bark until he is allowed to get his way. Outside the home, he is somewhat timid toward people.

When his family found out they were pregnant, they tried to enforce more stringent rules with him in the hope that we could get him to listen and he has definitely improved. Since the baby was born, Banky has never shown aggression towards him. He did, however, want to lick his hands and feet constantly. Mom and Dad were hoping for the best. Now that the baby can crawl, Banky not only has become more interested in him, but he also has on several occasions growled and shown his teeth to him to let the baby know that he was in "Banky's space".

As for specifics on Banky - he is a strong, healthy dog. He weighss about 75 pounds. His shots are up-to-date and his only health issues are allergies. He is generally fine with other dogs, especially ones that do not try to dominate him.

Banky's adoption will be limited to the New Jersey, Southeastern PA, Delaware and Maryland area. For information about Banky, our adoption process, or ANY of our adoptable dogs, please visit us at the HeaventSent Bulldog Rescue Official Website.
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Tank's test results

Well, Tank had his fluoroscopy at Penn Vet on Wednesday. His diagnosis is Gastro-esophageal reflux, no evidence of sliding hiatal hernia, incompetent sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus. They want to try medical management first for one month which includes Omeprazole 20mg tablets (1/2 a tablet twice daily), Cisapride liquid which has been called into a compounding pharmacy and Sucralfate (which is given as a slurry 3-4 times daily).

His daily calorie intake should be between 1400-1800. As the medications get into his system, keeping food down should be easier. If medical management fails, then surgical procedures to consider would be correcting his upper airway abnormalities in order to decrease pressure in his chest, and/or gastropexy (intra abdominal surgey) .

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Tank's test is TOMORROW!

I am so nervous. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and keep all of your paws crossed, too!!!!!!!!! I will post an update when he gets done.


Tank is scheduled for his fluoroscopy on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers -and all paws crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My Name is Tank & I Need Your Help

Tank is only two years old and according to the person who surrendered him, he hasn't been able to hold food down SINCE APRIL 2007. When he came into rescue, Tank weighed about 33 pounds, and he should probably weigh 60-70 pounds. This little guy is so sweet and loving. I hope and pray we can help him - he is breaking our hearts. We started out feeding him baby food just to try to get something in his system but he started vomiting that, too. He was active and alert - I just don't understand how he had any energy because he is literally starving to death. He has a lot of HEART.

His intestines felt very thick to the vet, like garden hoses, and he said they should be very soft instead. So we started by treating him for bowel disorder, and by trying to build up his strength, by giving him prednisone to take down the inflammation, a slurry and pepcid to coat his stomach, and a mostly liquid diet. We started out using Ensure and baby food, and then added Carnivore Care, a powder that you make into a kind of mush. The vet didn't want to risk the anesthesia to do an endoscopy - he said too often it's not really conclusive anyway. AND we would have to build him up with plasma, first. So even if we do need to do a scope eventually, this was a good first step. Tank's coat looks good, his eyes are clear, he is energetic and alert, bless his little (BIG) heart. We got his intestines less inflamed, so he would be able to keep most of the food down, but then he developed aspiration pneumonia from vomiting.

The pneumonia left Tank exhausted and depressed - he was admitted to the hospital and stayed there for 6 days. His pneumonia worsened, and finally, thanks to lots of intravenous antibiotics, he started to improve. He had several chest x-rays to determine the extent of the pneumonia and then had an ultrasound for his stomach/esophageal issue. The ultrasound was inconclusive. He needs a fluoroscopy at the University of Pennsylvania, which is like a moving x-ray and will allow the doctors to see what happens to his food when he's eating. They strongly suspect a sliding hiatal hernia.

We brought Tank home so the pneumonia could continue to clear up, and now he started vomiting again. We're giving him his meds sub-Q at home now, and praying a lot. He is up to 37 pounds, so that's one small but significant improvement.