Hooch the French Mastiff had a horribly rough start to life. He was rescued three years ago by Marley’s Mutts in California. They were shocked and horrified to discover that someone had cut out his tongue and chopped off his ears. Amy Klein from Marley’s Mutts believes that Hooch could have possibly been abused to prepare him to be a bait dog in a dog-fighting ring.
Needless to say, having a tongue is extremely important. For dogs, tongues are crucial to help them pant to keep cool. Without a tongue, Hooch also couldn’t eat properly which caused him to be 40 pounds underweight. Marley’s Mutts started out by feeding Hooch with a feeding tube to get his weight back up, and eventually soaked his dog food and fed it to him by hand. To drink, he would dunk his whole head in his water bowl to take in liquids.