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Happy Tail: A Bull Mastiff goes from bait dog to cuddle buddy


Tank’s early life was a horror. The Bull Mastiff mix was used as a bait dog to train fighting dogs. When he wasn’t “working,” he was chained to a pole.


Read Tank’s story in his adoptive mother Karissa’s own words.

One day his people left and never came back. He was rescued by the local shelter. By then he was 30-45 lbs. underweight and riddled with scars, with bad joints as a result of malnutrition and no front teeth because he had tried to eat the concrete post to which he’d been chained.

At the shelter, life was better, but no one was interested in him, maybe because of his breed and his condition. Eventually the open-admission shelter needed to make room for other dogs. Euthanasia loomed in Tank’s future.

Fortunately, Loved me, But left me … Animal Rescue in Leslie, AR, pulled him from the shelter and posted him on Petfinder.

Karissa Christopher of Harrison, AR, saw the listing and says, “It was love at first sight.”

home,” Karissa says, “he was shy, but with time, he came around. We have
had him for 10 months and he has gained 55 pounds (making his weight
155 lbs.). He loves to lie around the house, play tug of war, and swim.
He is the ultimate survivor.”

Now safe in a loving home, Tank has become, Karissa says, “the best cuddle buddy in the world.”

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