UPDATE: Hooch, Rescued Dog with No Tongue, Learning to Eat on his Own

hoochA few weeks ago we brought you the story of Hooch. A stray dog rescued by Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue who had endured the horrible act of having his tongue cut out. Thanks to his rescuers he is now learning to eat on his own and is on his way to a better life.

Zach Skow is the Executive Director of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. Several weeks ago he rescued Hooch from the Kern County Animal Shelter.  The French Mastiff was in bad shape. Likely the result of being used as a bait dog, his tongue had been removed and his ears had been cut off.

With the help of Zach and the rest of the amazing team at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue Hooch is now having a chance at a better life.  Without a tongue eating was impossible for Hooch so a feeding tube was initially put in. Now though Hooch is learning to eat on his own with the help of a Bailey Chair.

Earlier this week Skow took the video above of Hooch eating in his Bailey Chair.

“The most wonderful video I’ve ever recorded in 5 years of dog rescue!” Skow said of the video.

The chair makes it possible for Hooch to eat by sitting him upright so gravity can help him get his food down.

“The progress with the Bailey Chair and manual feeding has been a huge step in the right direction because anyone can do it,” said Skow. “It’s like giving a dog a treat, but you do it over a period of ten minutes and at the end of it he has four cups of food in him.”


  1. Helga Patanella says on  09/06/2013 at 9:19 am

    Any “Human Monster” doing this should have the same done to them and NO cushy Jail.

  2. Anonymous says on  09/06/2013 at 9:59 am

    I still could not get over the fact that somebody would cut off a dog’s tongue! Nothing less than Evil! I hope the guy who did this go to hell. If he’s not already there.

  3. Debra says on  09/06/2013 at 10:06 am

    So sad that people can do this, I will never understand it.
    How does he drink water ?

  4. Anonymous says on  09/06/2013 at 10:42 am

    Do the same to them and more

  5. Cheryl F says on  09/06/2013 at 11:24 am

    I wonder the same, how does Hooch drink water. Thank you for updating us on his progress – he is beautiful and what a loving face. Good dog Hooch!

  6. Anonymous says on  09/06/2013 at 6:31 pm

    Burn in hell whoever did that god has a plan for them!!!

  7. Anonymous says on  09/10/2013 at 7:42 pm

    You are an angel!! God bless you for helping that beautiful baby!!!

  8. Cynthia Mattera says on  01/19/2015 at 2:54 pm

    What a heartless, evil person who cut out Hooch’s tongue…what the hell is wrong with people? Just heartbreaking :(

    So glad he was rescued!!!

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