Tuesday 27 September 2016

Meet Hank the Tank - the rescue dog who flies first-class

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 28/10/2015 | 17:43

He's a big boy!
Credit:Instagram/Hanktheworldtraveller
He's a big boy! Credit:Instagram/Hanktheworldtraveller
Hank's king-size bed Credit:Instagram/kari_whitman_interiors
Hank avails of a lift at the airport Credit:Instagram/kari_whitman_interiors

There's pampered pooches and then there's this rather large Bulldog who's lifestyle is the stuff of dreams.

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Twitter user Madeleine (@madeleinedoux) came face to face with the distinctive doggy at LAX yesterday and felt compelled to tweet her thoughts at the spectacle she had witnessed.

"Holy s**t I just saw the literal (sic) fattest dog," she posted.

She then shocked her followers when she tweeted "I s**t you not, the dog is flying first-class on my flight."

Her witty observations have been favourited over 10,000 times and re-tweeted by 5,500 people.

However Madeleine wasn't fully aware that she was in the presence of a canine superstar.

Meet Hank the Tank.

His owner, Kari Whitman, saved his life by adopting him from an LA dog shelter where he was days away from being put down.

Due to a medical condition Hank is not able to walk and instead travels on a custom-made cart, complete with pillows.

Hank flies regularly with Whitman and always creates a stir among passengers and crew.

You won't be surprised to hear Hank has his own Instagram - hankthe worldtraveller - so if you want to follow his every move you know what to do.

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