Hank - 20031820

Location: Tobias, Nebraska
Color: Orange and White
Birthdate: April 3, 2012 - Actual
Age: 11 Year, 8 Month

  • Obedience Trained
  • OK with Dogs
  • Needs Fenced in Yard


Hank has really surprised us over the last few months. Good surprises that is! He is doing really well and has established a regular routine with his medication. We have seen no signs of his disorder (Masticatory Muscle Myositis) taking over his life. He has really come out of his shell and we can tell that he is happy. Our first few months with him were mostly getting the right dose of steroids to control his jaw muscles. He was more of an outside dog during the spring and summer months as all he wanted to do was go outside. Now because of the cold he has adjusted pretty well to the inside. He likes to play chase with our dogs, he chews deer antlers, rolls around and stretches on the carpet. He will lay next to you on the couch or floor and he will occasionally come over for a pet, to give a kiss or just want some attention. We did find out that he marks but we have found wrap that he wears that does prevent that. He will go days without marking but he will have an occasional one that the wrap catches. He sleeps in his kennel at night and while we are away. He would need a fenced in yard. He does know how to sit and come. He is very active and curious and if you think Hank could fit in with your lifestyle please fill out the adoption application and we can discuss more about Hank with you. Hank came to us from Kansas and he had 2 previous owners. We have a full medical history thanks to them and keeping great records of his health. This is unusual for a rescue but they really want Hank to go to a good home. When we had Hank checked out by our vet we were curious about his skull condition. He lacks the chewing muscles on the top and bottom of his mouth and head. We sent in a blood sample to the University of California as they are the only school that tests blood for a condition called Masticatory Muscle Myositis. It came back positive for this disease. We don’t know the cause of this (it could be from genetics, it could be environmental). What we do know is that it affects all dogs differently but can be treated with steroids.