I'm Hawkeye and I am a super fun dog! I was diagnosed with Megaesophagus, which means my esophagus is too big and food can pool in there and stretch it out instead of going to my stomach, so I was pretty skinny when I first came to Ruff Start, but I am now a healthy weight and my esophagus is shrinking!
I am a social boy who LOVES to play with other dogs, but I can get kind of rough, so we ARE working on that. I like all people, big and small, but can get pretty rowdy, so little kids might not be best for me. I need an active family with no other pets, or a very laid back canine to play with, with people that will continue to work with me on this, but no cats please! I also need a family who is willing to work with my special Megaesophogus needs, which is just feeding my in my special "Bailey's Chair". I eat regular food, from a regular dish, so nothing difficult there, and I get in on my own and await my kibble like a good boy. I do need my water bowl elevated off the floor a bit, but again, nothing too difficult.
I am still working on my doggie manners, as my medical issues kept me from learning a lot in the beginning, but I ring the bells by the door when I have to go out and I sit for a treat. I am a smart boy who loves to play and chew on dog toys. I'm fast, really fast; I like to run and I like to jump really high, so it's probably best if I have a tall fenced yard too. My fur is so soft it's almost like silk, and I will need regular brushing to be kept this glamorous. I love to play fetch, but may not always want to give up my ball right away, but if allowed to, I will play for hours. I am crate trained too, though I will bark initially when I go inside it, luckily for my people, I settle and get quiet fast. Do you have a place in your heart and home for me?
See his local news coverage video: They captured what it's like for him to eat in his upright chair. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/12/4-month-old-puppy-battles-rare-esophagus-disease/
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