Nothing worked. Until a veterinary technician named Andrea Bertolucci came up with a simple idea. It only required trusting an unknown dog who had just been pulled from a bad situation.
Bertolucci took a piece of kibble and reached deep into Hooch's throat.
"She had no fear," Klein says. "She would put her hand into his mouth - into the back of his throat - and then drop it down."
Hooch allowed gravity and a healthy helping of faith to take care of the rest.
Next problem: water.
Hydrating Hooch proved a little less ... delicate.
"He just submerged his face in a bucket of water," Klein explains.
From there, Hooch simply sucked it up.
But his condition left another lingering detail that's obvious to everyone Hooch meets.
"He drools all the time. Not just water. He can't swallow saliva," Klein says.