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Funny Farm Rescue
6908 Railroad Blvd.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330


All of the 600+ animals living at the Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary have amazing stories, but none more than Tucker.  Tucker has a medical condition called megaesophagus. This means his esophagus is too large for his body, usually a birth defect due to inbreeding. In most cases, including Tucker’s, veterinarians recommend euthanasia citing that they will not have a good quality of life.  Tucker is an exception.  Since he was a puppy, after nearly every meal, he would regurgitate. His human parents took him to the vet only to find out he had megaesophagus. They saw this beautiful puppy with a face that they just knew wanted to live. They contacted Laurie, the owner of the Funny Farm as she had more experience with megaesophagus than most people because of her famous dog, “Chucky”.  Without much convincing, Laurie agreed to take Tucker and it was love at first sight. Tucker is now 5 years old! He lives the most amazing life at the Funny Farm. He runs over 25 acres with his 600 brothers and sisters and is known as the Director of Security. He is like a giant kitten and is one of his mom’s favorites. There is a special bond that forms when an animal has such a condition. Tucker has to eat seven times a day. His food is blended into a doggie milkshake so gravity can get the food into his stomach. After he eats, he sits straight up for 10 minutes in his special Bailey Chair. Tucker is a star in the “Chucky, the Miracle Dog” book and film which teaches children to never give up, live each day to the best of your ability, and always, always, have fun! Click to buy Chucky book.

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