By Lauren Fruen
A PUPPY born with a rare condition which means she cannot keep down her food is forced to eat her dinner in high chair just like a baby.
Labrador Retriever Tink was born with a condition called Megaesophagus which means when she eats the food never reaches her stomach.
So for her loving owners it’s important that they keep her in an upright position to keep the food moving downward into her stomach.
This means owner Tom Sullivan and his wife Cori feed her in a special high chair called a Bailey.
Tom also says he burps Tink just like a baby and massages her throat to help move the food down the esophagus.
Gym owner Tom, 31, said: “We got Tink in September last year. We immediately fell in love with her.
“She was very much the runt of the pack but at first we didn’t notice much was wrong.
“But she didn’t put weight on like she was supposed to and she started to throw up her food.
“One week after bringing her home we took her to the emergency vet when she was vomiting constantly and knew something wasn’t right.
“We took her to the vets and she was diagnosed with Megaesophagus.
“She was regurgitating everything that she would eat because of it and not getting any nutrients down.
“We were told it was a death sentence.
“It was heartbreaking but we decided we wanted to keep her and make sure she was as healthy as possible. We are taking it each month at a time.
“We spoke to a specialist and got the high chair. She now has five feeds in it a day.
“Thankfully we can take her to work with us which makes things a lot easier.
“We have had people ask us – because we are not parents – if we are ok or if we are replacing a baby with a dog.
“But most people have been so supportive.
“In every other way Tink is a normal dog.”