Tink is a Silver Labrador Retriever, who was born with a unique medical condition. She suffers from Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus, which is a fancy way of saying that the muscles in her esophagus are not properly connected to her brain.
Because Tink can't control the muscles, she can't swallow her food easily. She was 9 weeks old when they realized what was going on with her, thinking that she was just throwing up after she ate. Tom Sullivan, Tink's owner, brought her to the vet to see what was going on.
“My uncle is a veterinarian and he said it’s not a very good prognosis. So there were a couple of days of a lot of emotions, a lot of trying to figure out what we were going to do, but there was no way that my wife was giving her up."
They decided to do everything in their power to make sure Tink would get the best care, no matter what the cost. Twice a day Tink has to take medication that costs her owners roughly $100 per month. But that's not all they have to do to keep food in her tummy...