Why Adopt a Deaf Dog?

Juliet, now Ellie

Juliet, now Ellie

“Why the heck should I consider a DEAF DOG?!” by Sandi Keene

These were the words that kept playing in my head when Gisele told me about Juliet, the Australian Shepherd  and asked us to meet her. Why a deaf dog? Why us?! We just want another dog.  A NORMAL dog!

Gisele had told me that deaf dogs are very special and intuitive.  Really? Hmmm.  Only one thing to do – head to the internet and google “deaf dogs”.  I spent hours in front of the computer reading story after compelling story of families that adopted deaf dogs and have adopted deaf dogs exclusively from then forward. The same story repeated from family to family.  Stories of intimate connection, of loyalty, and love. I was frankly fascinated.

EllieI watched videos on how to train a deaf dog because I had no idea how to train them, how to correct them or simply, how do you call them?  Hand signals and sign language are used to communicate along with body language/facial expressions.  That seems pretty straight forward. We can do that!

I called my family together and told them about Juliet and the research I had done.  They were open to meeting her and interested in the differences that we would discover.  We met Juliet and we loved how affectionate and playful she was.  She bonded immediately with our border collie/husky mix and they played together right off the bat despite their enormous size difference. We adopted Juliet the next day and renamed her Ellie.

EllieHere is what we have learned so far. Deaf dogs are simultaneously the same as any other dog and very different.

Ellie is a dog. She acts like a “normal dog” in almost every way.  She barks when she sees someone walking past our house or headed up our driveway guarding her territory.  When we sign “hush”, she stops. She plays, sleeps and wants affection like any other dog.  She has learned the hand signals for “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “no”, “treat”, “hush”, “go to your crate”, “go lie down” and most importantly, “good girl”. She has learned these 9 signs in the 4 weeks that she has been with us. She is smart and eager to please. We are working on “shake” and “up” now.  I know she will quickly master those as well. Our hearing dog has learned the hand signals as well.

The only real difference in behavior is she does not respond to auditory commands.  We still call her by name and whistle for her because it is just so ingrained. (She’s trained but we are not!) She is not bothered by vacuuming, loud noises or yelling across the house for each other. She likes to nap in doorways where she can see several rooms of the house at the same time.  She prefers to be woken up if you are leaving the room so she can go with you and not wake up alone.

Now This is precious!

Now This is precious!

Deaf dogs are very different in the way that they connect with you. Ellie checks in with me constantly.  No matter what she is doing, her eyes dart over to me to connect.  She doesn’t just look in my direction, she seeks eye contact if possible.  Whatever room we are in, that is where she wants to be.  She loves to nap in my art studio while I paint. Or she follows me from room to room while I do chores. She is not underfoot – just nearby, in case I want to communicate with her.  If I step away from her, she will find me quickly as somehow she always knows where to look.  I have no explanation for that.  At night, if I flash my cell phone light in her direction, she comes running.  Any indication that you want her and she is there.  Ignore is not in her vocabulary.

The bottom line for us is that she is a wonderful dog. She can’t hear but who cares? She compensates for that in a hundred wonderful ways. I am so grateful that I listened when Gisele knowingly said, ” just meet her and decide”.

Jalo Revisited

Mary, Boo Boo and Gidget

Mary, Boo Boo and Gidget

One year after Jalo now Gidget was adopted, I asked Mary to provide us with an update, hoping she could share with us the joys of adopting a Senior dog!  Mary writes:

And of course, this little Sheltie, Jalo, came home with me… when I first saw Jalo (now Gidget) walk up my driveway, she had no fur, sores covering her little body and little chipmunk teeth….but she definite has attitude! She walked right up to my 18 year old cat and ate her food! She knew she found her forever home! My little Gidget is just a sweetheart!

Gidget never leaves my side and when I leave the house, she waits by the front door for my return. Gidget runs the house….Trek and Hey Boo Boo know that she is in charge and she seems to enjoy it! I swear she has sense of humor!

Gidget, with her full coat

Gidget, with her full coat

Gidget’s age is not known, but her vet and I believe she is well past 10 years old. It did not take me long to realize Gidget is deaf.  At first I thought she was just stubborn, but when she didn’t hear the vacuum, I knew she was deaf…but Gidget does enjoy being vacuumed! Now that she has an amazing new coat, it helps keep the house a little cleaner! Gidget was just a breeding dog that was dumped when she was no longer of use, She never knew love nor how to play. She now knows love, but still just stares at me when I throw a ball. The old “puppies” love unconditionally and are love bugs!

I remember when I first lost Nitro checking Petfinder for another senior Aussie and found a sweet, horribly neglected 11 year old Aussie named Summer. I knew that Gidget would need a lot of TLC, so I thought I would wait until Gidget was settled in and comfy before looking for a companion. In April I checked again on Petfinders and found that Summer still needed a home….I guess it was meant to be that Summer would come home to the Burns house! Another senior that no one wanted would now have a forever home! I know people want the perfect little puppies, but I wish they could understand how precious the old “puppies” are and the joy they bring to your life! Summer is now named Hey Boo Boo….and what a doll baby! She had a horrible life as a breeding dog, but is now living the life of leisure.

Gidget's first Easter in Cocoa Beach

Gidget’s first Easter in Cocoa Beach

She was given a nice doggie bed, but she prefers the white futon! Anytime I walk past Hey Boo Boo she rolls over for her tummy rub! Hey Boo Boo, Trek and Gidget compete for tummy rubs! I need a third hand! But when you lay down with her, she wraps her paws around you like a child. It is so great to watch Trek, Hey Boo Boo and Gidget together….they love their walks, visits to the beach and drives in the car.

I love my precious seniors… I still miss my Little Nitro terribly ….he brought total joy to me which made me commit to only adopting the seniors. The old puppies need to know love, hugs and kisses… for whatever time they have left. I truly have a full and happy home…..Eve (18 year old kitty), Trek (Bob’s 9 year old Shepherd mix), Gidget (12 plus Sheltie) and Hey Boo Boo (12 year old Aussie)!

Mary

Jalo: “Shelters Suck!”

This is an awesome before and after photo eh?  This little girl just happened to be dropped off at Miami-Dade Animal Services while Jackie was just walking by….  and she called me!  Cute little thing is about five years old and she weighs in at 35 pounds.  There is no background information, no reason why.

Here are her photos on Facebook.

On Facebook, Mickey Hibbard writes:  it always puzzles me,, WHY?? and HOW?? these babies are so sweet, and abandoned to death?? ugh,, shame on the owners,,but blessings are coming to jalo,, and some soft hearted people out there, who have been waiting just for her ♥

My response to Mickey is all we know is her story has just begun my dear.  I hear she has been very neglected.  It will take much work to get this girl healthy again.  Jackie is in charge!!!  She is a sheltie, about five years old, but she is in bad shape with regard to hot spots, matting and her coat.  Jackie reports the only way to treat the skin is to shave her down a bit.  Good news is her teeth are good and she is heartworm negative… that is a miracle!  She will undergo the TDL transformation for sure!

JaLo: “Free at Last, Free at Last!”

We will have more photos and details about this sweet little Sheltie, but for now, she is sleeping in a comfy bed next to Jackie safe and sound!  I didn’t know what it was about her face that reminded me of Little Nitroright away, but now I do… it’s those eyes, and especially her eyebrows!  We have since learned that Little Nitro passed away Wednesday.  We hope that his story, his history and the way in which Nitro touched people’s hearts, will help promote adopting a senior pet.  Even though Jalo is estimated to be about five years old, once again, her vet believes she “looks” much older because she has not been well cared for.  Here’s more details written by Jackie:

Hi Gisele,

Jalo and I had a very busy day. She did great throughout the night. Slept soundly on her bed which is located at the foot of my bed. She didn’t move a muscle. I dont think she has ever slept on an actual bed before. She probably thinks she is getting the luxury treatment. Once we awoke she went right outside and did her business. After getting ready it was off to the vet.

Saying her prayers!

I took her to Briarwood Animal Hospital in Miami, where I used to work for almost two years. Dr. Diaz, my old boss was great. He loves meeting all my rescues and is always ready to help. He confirmed the previous diagnosis of Seborrhea Sicca. After speaking to him about the different treatment methods we both agreed that the best way to attack the skin condition at its core is to treat it with antibiotics (Cephalexin 250 mg twice daily) and to shave her and treat her with medicated baths (Dermazole shampoo) three times a week. We will monitoring her progress for improvement. If her skin does not improve in a few weeks then he will add an anti fungal medication to continue to combat the infection.

Dr. Diaz informed me that this kind of skin condition can be caused by a number of other underlying issues, the main ones being thyroid problems, diabetes, and Cushings disease. While I am still waiting for the results of the thyroid test, diabetes and cushings disease has been ruled out.
Her blood work was normal except for her white blood cell count which was a bit elevated but that is normal given her skin infection. After discussing her treatment I began shaving her coat. You could see the instant relief in her eyes. It took me two hours to carefully shave her, being sure not to irritate her skin further. Shaving her revealed several large patches of dead and scaly skin. As I was shaving her paws down I noticed that her front left paw had not one dew claw, but two! I had never seen that before. After clipping the area further I noticed that both de claws had grown so long that it had pierced her skin and was embedded. One of the de claws fell out after clipping. The embedded portion of one nail had to be pulled out using hemostats. Fortunately there was no infection at the site of the nail and no abscess had formed.

Once shaved I bathed her using the medicated shampoo, being sure to scrape off all the dead skin. Her coat already looks so much better.  She behaved so well and was so cooperative during the whole process. I have never had a dog behave so well during a body shave in my two years at working at the clinic. Everyone marveled at how excellent she behaved. Once I brought her home she immediately perked up. She has been exploring my home and walking up and down the house wagging her tail. She occasionally will come up to me and rub her face on my legs and then roll over on her back for me to pet her belly. She is really starting to open up. I think she is a real treasure. Will be sending you photos later tonight!   ~Jackie
When I saw this photo on my phone, it didn’t show much detail.  But this morning, I see a lot of redness, I see those bad spots Jackie talked about.  Jackie asked me if she could shave Jalo… I said no, but after she described her condition and explained that there would be no way for us to treat her skin condition without a fresh start… without shaving all of that un-cared for hair… I said yes!
Jackie states that Jalo ignored some cats, but we are going to try to cat-test her shortly!

Beautiful inside and out

 

Adoption Update:  

Jalo now GiGi and Mary

Hi Gisele and Jackie,

My friend stopped by to take a couple of pictures…hope they are okay!  I thought it was cute that GiGi walks with her blanket like Nitro…she is a funny girl!  I also sent a picture of Nitro…they look so much a like….Gisele, you were so right when you mention she reminded you of Little Ntiro….those sad little eyes….but this little GiGi is mischievous…but very funny!
I never know what I am going to find when I come home, but I greeted like I have been gone for days!
Everyday is a new day with little GiGi!  Take care and thank you for all you do for this precious puppies!
Mary

 

Ralph Lauren~Adopted

stunning little man!

stunning little man!

If you are new to TDL, don’t let this be a shocker, but I am NOT a puppy person!  Yet, I am fostering this little boy!  I describe puppies are little terrorists, or little aliens!  They are a lot of work.  This little boy has been taken away from his mother and his pack.  He is quite lost, like a scared little sheep.

I’m confident that once he settles in, things will get better.  Rescued by his breeder, this little man and his sister from a former litter, Juliet, were rescued together.  Regardless of who sired this litter, he is classified as a lethal white, aka double merle.  He is completely blind and he is totally deaf.

This morning, I sent Jen a text which simply said… “help”.  She called me while on her way to work.  We all know that they call these dogs lethal whites, because they are usually put down.  Breeders can’t sell them, and shelters can’t get them adopted.  Who wants a deaf or blind dog?

You can Click Here to see all of the deaf and blind dogs we have rescued and re-homed.

Jen gave me a lot of encouragement.  She shared with me her successes with her Irwin.

Sarah takes over Ralph's care!

Sarah takes over Ralph’s care!

He is a cute little bugger!  He’s about 9 weeks old, and big for his age.  His coat is amazing, it’s like a fluffy teddy bear!

While the Leonard family came to meet Miss Priss, I had just gotten Ralph, and I picked him up and took him outside to meet them!  They marveled at his cuteness, and they just had to touch him!  He’s just a ball of fur!

Why name him Ralph Lauren?  Well, I could’ve given him a teddy bear name, he is fluffy, but he won’t be a puppy forever.  He’s stunningly handsome, and he feels good!  I think he’s going to be a very stylish and attractive little man when he grows up!

He will need a special home.  A home with another dog that would take him under his wing would be a plus.  He would probably even love to be in a cat home, cats that would surround him and love on him would be great.

He’ll need a home that will protect him and give him security.  Once he gets settled in, and transforms from puppy to adult dog, I believe he will be a best friend like no other.  Whoever adopts little Ralph will be showered with love and affection beyond what other dogs do.  Can he live a normal life?  I believe he can.  I cringe at the thought of what would happen to a dog like him if put in the wrong hands.

I want to thank his virtual foster, for giving him a chance, and giving us the means to take care of him, until we find his new home.

You can see more photos of Ralph on Facebook.

08/23/13 Update:  I’ve learned a  lot fostering Ralph.  At first, I was consumed with pity… questioning how he would learn to do things, but do things he does!  Fostering Baby Girl helped a lot.  He learned how to play and get around with her help.  Even though she was a little pest, he had a lot of fun with her!  Once Baby Girl was adopted, Ralph and China learned to play… but China moves around too fast for him.  Even Lady Di has accepted Ralph into our pack.

When Ralph meets another dog, he immediately executes a play bow.  But he’s blind… he’s never seen other dogs do that, so how did he learn it?  I guess the answer is it’s a natural response that dogs do.  So what about those hundreds of other dogs I have fostered that never gave another dog a play boy?  If this gesture is a natural response that a blind dog does, are some dogs so emotionally broken that they can’t allow themselves the freedom to express joy?

Ralph needs a dog that will play with him, without moving around a lot!  Like I mentioned, China plays but then runs off to play the “you chase me now” game.  Well… Ralph can’t see her and has no idea where she vanished to!

I have a huge water dispenser on the back porch.  I fill it full of ice when I take Ralph outside, and if he doesn’t stumble into it, I place his paw in it so he knows where he is.  Once he identifies the water bowl, he has my entire yard mapped out.  Two steps right, he is off the concrete slab and into the yard.  Seven more steps and he dodges a tree.

Just two days ago, I placed several bags of potting soil on the back porch.  At first, he stumbled over them, but after just one day, he knows exactly where they are, and he hops over them with grace.  Now THAT’s cool!

I can move chairs around without a problem, he learns.  Nothing phases him.

What I love the most about Ralph is he is not afraid, he is not broken emotionally, and he is not aggressive no matter what.    He will never fight back no matter how many times you steal his bone or bite his tail (Baby Girl).

Ralph is the most kindhearted puppy I have ever known.  I trust him with young children, cats, kittens, and other dogs.  His person, however, will have to be his protector because Ralph does not understand danger.  Other dogs could easily pick on him.

Last week, I received a phone call from a former TDL adopter that has been wanting to adopt a Lethal White for several months now.  She has watched our white Aussies enter our rescue, and watched them get adopted.  She saw Ralph pending Sponsorship, and as bad as she wanted to help Virtually Foster Ralph, she talked to her husband, and was sure she wanted to try to adopt him.

We have been talking back and forth for two weeks now, and she and her family have met Ralph.  They are in love.  But before we proceed, I believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to ask her family to foster Ralph for a while, to get to know him, and to introduce him to their pack.  Ralph is a special dog, and we need to make special accommodations for him.

Since Ralph is too young to be neutered, therefore, in a few more weeks, we will re-evaluate his new foster home and after his neuter we’ll decide if he’s a keeper!  I think he is!

Ralph met with Dr. Pinzon today, the eye specialist at Newman Veterinary Centers of Deltona.  He concurred that his eyes never developed.  He did mention that with sunlight, and proper nutrition,  he wants to see Ralph again in 12 months, to see if possibly the retina will develop on its own.  He said it was doubtful, but we can hope!

We really love Ralph.  We will continue to monitor his progress.

08/25/13 Update:  Ralph’s foster family is going to keep him!  He has been adopted by Alyse and her family.  Alyse adopted Shepherds Pie from TDL several years ago!  Ralph loves being part of their family!  You can see updates on Ralph on Facebook.

Juliet~Adopted

Simply Gorgeous!

Simply Gorgeous!

A local breeder sent me an urgent message on Facebook to help her with her two dogs.  One, a young female and another a baby male.  At the time, I was full, but she was patient and waited for an opening.  In the meantime, I frantically asked for sponsorship, and it didn’t take long before we had enough donations from our supporters to sponsor both dogs… thank you!

Camera Shy I only got one good photo of her face!

Camera Shy I only got one good photo of her face!

Juliet will turn One in October.  She has minor visual impairment, nothing to be concerned about.  We are still investigating whether or not she is deaf.  She is being fostered by Jen Wilson, and both Jen and Bill love her.  Juliet has been welcomed by Jen’s pack, and even little Fiona has accepted Juliet.  Juliet is very submissive, has not had an accident in the house, and to be honest, Jen can’t find anything wrong with her!

Her former owner indicated that Juliet has been bounced around from house to house.  We can’t figure out why!  You can see more photos of this dainty little girl on Facebook.

Juliet's Mother

Juliet’s Mother

While I watched her get out of Jen’s car, I kept telling myself, “she is an Aussie, she is an Aussie”, but her gracefulness screamed Saluki.  Her long dainty legs… something about her was different and I couldn’t put my finger on it… until she walked away from me!

I noticed a black spot on the back of her tail, which is dominant in the Collie breed.  I also received a photo of Juliet’s mother, and I’m confused!  While our Facebook audience went ballistic about lethal white Aussies, Juliet’s breeder insisted she did not breed two merle’s.  I’m still confused when I see this photo, because I see Collie!  If Juliet is part Collie, we’re in for a real treat.  I can’t think of a more wonderful mix than Collie/Aussie!  Only a DNA test will tell us for sure, but I don’t put much faith into those either!

Since I’ve been in rescue, you can show me all the papers and photos you want, but I see what I see.  I see Collie!  And although everything about Juliet screams Aussie, that one black spot on the back of her tail made me smile!

08/26/13 Update:  Juliet is doing very well in her foster home.  She does not cause any trouble with the other dogs, she is coming out of her shell (she was shy but not fearful) and is quite a velcro dog.  She does not have much of a vision problem at all, she can see just fine, but she is deaf.  She feels much better when she’s around other dogs, I think she would be fine with cats.  Juliet is very sweet and gentle and will make an awesome family dog!  She sees the vet this week, and will be ready for her new home!

Juliet goes home!

Juliet goes home!

09/01/13 Update:  Back in 2010, a wonderful family came to adopt Elisha. She was only six months, and today she is HUGE!  Sandi and her family, from Port Orange, met Juliet last night… and they do want to adopt her! We are thrilled! Juliet will be close by, and have the most amazing family… and her own dog to play with. Elisha is now called Zoe, and has turned out to be one heck of a soft and loving dog! Woo Hoo!

Juliet’s new name is Elleana!  She had a wonderful night, and is fitting in very well!

To get updates on her adoption, please visit her page on Facebook.

 

Barbara's Juliet, RIP

Barbara’s Juliet, RIP

Note:  This little girl has been named after Barbara Giacobe’s Juliet who passed away a while ago.

White Aussies Coming Soon

We want to thank our Facebook followers for their donations to our Veterinary Care Fund to sponsor these two beautiful dogs.  One, a very young adult female, and another baby male.  We are working on preparing foster homes for them, and they will be arriving shortly.  Please visit our Virtual Foster page for details on how you can virtually foster a TDL dog.

Young Aussie Female

Young Aussie Female

Tiny Deaf/Blind Male

Tiny Deaf/Blind Male

Squeeze~Adopted

Pink suits her well!

Pink suits her well!

Look Mom, No Hands!

Squeeze is an eight month-old Aussie that is, for the most part, is deaf.  She has limited vision, but gets around beautifully.  She adores kids, and other dogs.  She is quiet in her crate (most deaf dogs are not) and is fairly good on leash.   Her owner in Alabama has suddenly become very ill and she could not longer care for Squeeze.  Becky Harshman asked TDL to take her in, and my immediate answer was, of course!

Squeeze is making quite an impression here… my daughter has already asked me if we can keep her… the answer is NO!  Squeeze has been an only dog, but I believe she would thrive in a pack.

On Transport to TDL!

On Transport to TDL!

I’ll be taking more photos of her shortly, and thank you to everyone who helped transport her to us, especially Katherine Miller and Zoe Rush!  She sure reminds me of Velveteen.

DSC_0029bYou can see more photos of her on Facebook.

05/26/13 Update:  Well, that didn’t take long.  My daughter and Squeeze have bonded very fast!  When Squeeze sees Sarah, she gets all excited, spins around and around, jumps up to kiss her… just like China!  The Keep word has come up a few times, and the answer is still no.  I hope someone comes to adopt this little cutie pie soon!

 

Squeeze goes Home!

Squeeze goes Home!

07/27/13 Update: Squeeze was adopted by the Dixon family, they had adopted Dutch from TDL back in 2010 and have been wanting another dog to keep Dutch active! So far, Squeeze is learning to play nice with their cats!

Maddon~Adopted

Blind dogs don’t need to see to give kisses!

I had a chance to meet Maddon yesterday, named after Joe Maddon. He is everything a normal puppy should be. Calm and quiet at times, rambunctious and playful when it’s time to play! He has incredible hearing, and being blind doesn’t bother him one bit. As a matter of fact, from a distance, no one knows he’s blind.

For more stories about adopting a deaf and/or blind dog, click here.

Playtime!

We have new photos of Maddon in action, they are awesome, and on Facebook.

 

Click here to learn more about Maddon’s litter mates.

 

 

Welcome to the Wilson Pack little guy!

Welcome to the Wilson Pack little guy!

05/21/13 Update:  Maddon was adopted by Jen Wilson’s Dad, who also adopted Dundee from us years ago!  Maddon will have the Wilson pack and the Wilson family to train and love him!

Jen’s Puppies

Yaz (adopted) and Dot

Jennifer Wilson spotted this little visually impaired Puppy in Dothan, Alabama and drove half-way to meet the owners so TDL could find him a perfect home.  Upon arriving, two more litter mates hitched a ride!  All of the pups are just now turning 8 weeks of age.  They will have their second booster shot this Wednesday, and will not be ready for spay/neuter for at least two more weeks.  We believe the father of the pups was Aussie/Catahoula, and the mother to be a purebred Aussie.

We have created individual pages for these pups, so we can update their photos and progress as they grow up!

Maddon

Yaz

Dot

Maddon

Maddon, the star of this rescue is very sure of himself, has great hearing, and is very visually impaired.  That doesn’t stop him one bit!  He loves the play and enjoys the security of having another dog around!  Named after Joe Maddon, whoever adopts this little boy will have a BFF.

Dot

Dot, named after Dot Richardson, is very shy and unsure of herself, but she is quickly becoming more secure and enjoying the environment that the Wilson’s and their pack are providing.

Yaz, named after Carl Yastrzemski is the pack’s leader.  He is playful, intelligent and stunning.  Yaz has been adopted!  We will provide updates shortly!

We will be providing updates shortly.  In the meantime, these pups need to spend time with each other to experience healthy puppy pack playtime, and to learn from the Wilson pack, what they have not yet learned due to their mother’s absence.  You can see their initial photo album on Facebook!

If you are interested in meeting one of our dogs or learning more about it, please e-mail us at TheDogLiberator@gmail.com and let’s get the process going! Share such information:

as where you live,

your household composition,
your yard/fence/exercise plan,
pets you have and/or had,
your normal work schedule,
how much time the dog will be alone,
what you are looking for in a dog,
do you have a pool
what contingency plans do you have in place should you no longer be able to care for your dog and,
if you rent, do you have landlord approval,

and are you prepared to bring your new dog home if you are approved during your meet?

have you or anyone in your family ever been bitten or traumatized by a dog in the past?

is there anyone in your family, circle of friends, or anyone who lives with you that can decide if you can have a dog in your home?

also, provide us with your phone number, home address, including county and zip code

and then we’ll go from there! The more you share the better!

Also, for more information about adopting a rescued dog, Please visit Let It Go for details.

See more of our available dogs on petfinder http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=FL918

Join us on Facebook to get the latest updates on our rescued dogs https://www.facebook.com/DogLiberator

If you have any questions about our adoption fees, please read our adoption fee blog.

The Wilson Pack

My Sarah saying goodbye to Nitro on November 29, 2009

On November 24, 2009 a gorgeous Aussie boy, that I named Cool Hand Luke, was surrendered to me by his owner.

After he was vetted and neutered, on November 29th, I posted his photos on Facebook.  I immediately received an email from the Wilson Family.  They dropped everything and drove to my home me meet the dog and arrived within the hour!

At first, I was concerned… this 12 month old Aussie was big, strong, and had a lot of energy.  I viewed him as a handful.  But the moment Bill met him, he was in love.  “I’m surrounded by women, I have a daughter, a wife, and two female dogs at home… I want a dog that can play with me, be rough, and watch football games with me!”  It was done!

It was about two weeks later, Bill notified me that they had renamed him Nitro… Nitro Wilson.  Nitro has been a gracious foster host ever since!  Here’s a closer look at the Wilson family through the eyes of their daughter, Kierstin:

Written by Kierstin Wilson:

My parents both grew up in Daytona beach, where we currently live. I am their only child, so naturally I have always had pets. My freshman year of high school, my mom found Nitro on The Dog Liberator page, through a mutual friend. We had already had 2 Australian Sheperd dogs, and we felt the time is right to love another.

Nitro Wilson

My parents warned me about going to meet with Nitro- typical parent stuff. “Don’t get attached he might not like us, we might not adopt him today..” etc. But of course, all of us fell in love with nitro as he did us.

On the ride back home to Daytona I sat in the backseat with Nitro, happy and excited! Nitro quickly took to our other dogs, and things became normal. About a year and half later my mom and I started to pay close attention to The Dog Liberator’s page, noticing Lethal Whites (blind/deaf) Aussie puppies.

These dogs were so beautiful yet their stories were laced with stories of heartbreak. My mom and I fell In love with Baby GaGa(So gorgeous), but the timing wasn’t right.

About 3 months later my mom spotted Fiona on Gisele’s page.  Terry Watts, rescued Fiona.

Kierstin and Fiona

Gisele put us in touch with Terri, and the deal was sealed!  My mom and dad drove about 4 hours, in the middle of the night, to Tallahassee Fl to get Fiona and transport her home.

I stayed up of course and out of the car popped this little white fluff ball. All of us were fairly nervous because owning and deaf/blind dog was never something we planned. Outsiders have this vision that all deaf/blind dogs act differently or feel differently than other dogs, but we have come to know more than anyone that they certainly do not- and they certainly LOVE the same.

Fiona quickly took to hand motions and movements and trained very easily. Today, triple the size the little fluff ball once was, she is a typical mommy’s girl.

Bill Wilson and Puppy Fiona

After having Fiona and leaning more about our true love of deaf/blind dogs, we agreed to foster, Chance and Indy (Dundee and Irwin).  We saw photos of these dogs, our hearts hurting. Once cleaned up they too took to our pack like it was no big deal.

Dundee, now Chance, was adopted by my mothers parents in the same week – who can stop love!

Indy was also adopted a few weeks, which was one of the hardest moments of my families life.

We had never truly fostered a dog, trained them, fell in love with them and have to watch them go. It was heartbreaking, but the feeling you get when you see a dog happy because of you is like no other. But things didn’t work out with Indy, and he was returned.  We decided never again, so we’ve kept Indy!  He is Fiona’s (and my dad’s) best friend.

Falcor

A short time after we rescued Shrek ( AKA Falcor).  My mom and I drove a little while to meet him and take him home. The poor guy had a bladder infection and peed- EVERYWHERE.

Regardless, Falcor was one of my favorite dogs to foster, When he first came to the Wilson ranch he had no idea what a bed even was, and after the month with us, he became a bed hog!

Seeing him be adopted hurt a lot less; not only was he happy, he made his new family happy. My mom still gets the cutest pictures with Falcor and his forever family!

My parents and I have fostered many others for the Dog Liberator, (Lilly, Knish, Delilah), and just recently my mom and I rescued Anderson Cooper!

Jennifer with Anderson Cooper

The day we met him was a life changing moment. Sitting in a dirty, loud, smelly animal control office was definitely short of a good time. It was heartbreaking. I sat outside with Anderson for about an hour, while my mom wheeled and dealed with paperwork so we could bring this guy home for a bath- which he needed BADLY.

Anderson was a little defensive meeting other dogs, but he got used to them, and was trained (and washed) very well. He was adopted a few weeks ago, and I’m hoping he is having the time of his life with his new family. Deaf/blind dogs are no different than other dogs and I’m wishing people would understand that.

While at the shelter with Anderson, a man came up to me and made the comment,  “He’s a sweet dog, but you can tell he’s deaf so…”  SO what?  This should have no impact on a dogs life whatsoever.

I am going to be attending college next year and I plan on becoming a vet, and saving these animals will always be in my family’s heart. While it can be a tough thing to do, fostering, adopting, donating, ANYTHING you can possibly do help and animal in need is the most rewarding experience. A dogs love is the best-because if you love and help them, they love and help you right back.  ~ Kierstin

More About Fostering:

You may or not realize that while all of the dogs that the Wilson’s have fostered may have been able to be fostered by me personally, the fact that they weren’t allowed another dog to be fostered.  While Anderson Cooper was safe with the Wilsons, I was able to foster other dogs!  In rescue, it’s all about funding, space, and foster experience.  Space is valuable in rescue.

I don’t think that on that day, back in November of 2009, the Wilsons thought they would ever be fostering, but look at the impact that they have made.  They have not only saved these gorgeous and deserving dogs, they have made many families very very  happy!

Today, Jen and I are working on adding new four-legged members to our rescue!  We’ll have more news in the upcoming days!  Stay tuned!  ~ Gisele

For more information about Deaf/Blind dogs, click on “the Chosen Ones“.

Now Available, “Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts” by Gisele Veilleux

Also, Visit “Preparing your dog that is going to be blind or deaf” by Cesar Milan.

Read about ALL of our rescue’s Deaf/Blind Dogs!

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Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts

New:  Now Available in EBook format!

The latest publication from The Dog Liberator is China’s Story – Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts.  As all of our published books, many other rescued dogs are mentioned.  China’s story discusses many of the shy and fearful dogs we have rehabilitated, including Nutella, and shares stories about many of the deaf dogs we have rescued, like Winter.  I hope you enjoy China’s story, and I hope you share your thoughts by leaving a comment!

For more information about our Deaf Dogs, visit The Chosen Ones.

Anderson Cooper~Adopted

shelter photo

Update:  Anderson was adopted Saturday by Antonio and Sandy of Ocoee!

Jen Wilson sent me a photo of this boy, who was from Polk County Animal Services.  I called on his status, and the next day, Jen went to meet him.  We were not yet approved to pull from this shelter, but Jen had all of our paperwork ready and filled everything out quickly.  It is customary to wait a few days while paperwork is approved, but we’re grateful that the folks at Polk County AS quickly approved us!

Anderson Cooper will be seeing our vet on Tuesday.  I believe he may have been hit by a car, but x-rays will confirm that.  Bill and I discussed his age, and even though he acts like a puppy, he is probably 2-3 years of age.  He will be neutered, and his teeth will be cleaned.


very affectionate

His is heartworm negative.  We believe he is completely deaf, and his vision is not that good, but if you have met any of our white Aussies, you know that their disabilities do not stop them one bit!  He is very thin, and is probably in the 32-35 pound range now, but should be closer to 40.

Anderson is very affectionate.  He loves to be touched, and quite a velcro dog.  We are introducing him to other dogs.  At the moment, he is very unsure of himself around other dogs; this will take time, but is an easy fix.

 

I will update his status here as more information becomes available.  There are a ton of photos available for you to review on Facebook.

03/16/13 Foster Update:
I don’t think Anderson has ever been inside of a house but he has great potential. He has spent most of the day today finding himself, and I think for the first time ever his belly is full… And you can tell it’s the first time ever!! He is NOT food aggressive AT ALL!!! And was more then willing to allow us to stick our hands in his bowl!!

Gisele this dog has great potential!!! It’s going take some work for this dog needs to be socialized with people AND animals, AND life in general!!! But he has a good heart and he is going to make someone VERY happy SOON!! We will not give up on him Gisele, he deserves another chance!! 

bruising and scars on his nose

I believe this to be “bruising” still noticeable after his first bath.  At first we thought it was dirt. But don’t think

~Jen

I spoke with Jen today on the phone, and she said every experience Anderson is having is a new one.  When she wrote, “He’s finding himself,” what she meant was it’s like watching a puppy experience everything for the first time.  He has chosen a corner in their bathroom to sleep, however, he does not lay down to sleep, he actually sleeps standing up.  This is odd!  He also enjoys looking at himself in the mirror; something he has never experienced before.  While he adores human interaction, it appears that Anderson has never really had a home.

It is unclear to me why he would have such a large bruise on his nose.  We can only speculate.  Maybe Anderson will give us more clues regarding his past in the upcoming days.

03/19/13 Foster Update:

I’m really glad that Polk County did NOT neuter Anderson, and allowed us to take him home right away.  Shelters and pounds won’t usually bathe a dog before surgery, and Anderson has had two baths.  Like I said earlier, he was stinky.  Jen and Bill also noticed that he had a lot of junk in his ears, and they are swollen.  Bill dropped Anderson off last night, and I was supposed to take him to the vet to be neutered today, but this morning, he started coughing.  This is exactly what happened to Winter.  It took two weeks for Winter to get over his cough, and it was serious.  I’m glad Winter came to us when he did, for his cough could’ve easily turned into pneumonia.

Anderson likes to know where his people are at all times.  He is showing a mild case of separation anxiety, which will diminish over time.  I am still taking him to the vet, to review his ears and his cough.

The bruise on his nose is subsiding, we believe he was attacked by another dog.

He is great in the car!  Not a peep!  There are new photos of him  on Facebook.

Dr. Oliver examined Anderson this morning.  His ears are infected, his teeth a mess, and he doesn’t want to wait for surgery.  Anderson will be cleaned up and given antibiotics right away.

He greeted everyone wonderfully at the vet.  Anderson holds no grudges against human beings.  I don’t believe he has been abused.  He’s either been a stray for a very long time, or his owner did not tend to his needs.

Anderson was quiet, well-behaved and friendly as can be, and everyone at Newman’s (Val-u-Vet) just loves him!

04/01/13 Foster Update:  Anderson, aka ACE is doing very well, playing with other dogs, and learning how to play with toys!  His coughing is behind him, and he is putting on weight.  He’s ready for his new home!




Let it Go – Stop Feeling Sorry For Your Dog

This article explains why it is unhealthy to pity or feel sorry for your dog. No matter what your dog has been through, pity will create behavioral issues. This article explains that most dog-owners, especially those who have adopted a rescued dog, don’t realize that feeling sorry for your dog does emotional harm.

All Dogs Should Be Expected to Behave

Bart

I was listening to Cesar Milan on a radio station a few weeks ago trying to answer the question, “why do you think so many dogs get returned from shelters and pounds?”  What Cesar tried to explain was that people feel sorry for the shelter dog, and when they bring the dog home, they treat it with a tremendous amount of pity, they treat it like an orphan, and let it get away with very bad behavior.   They won’t correct the dog, because it has been through so much. As I was listening, I realized that he really wasn’t explaining it well enough for the average person to identify with.  I felt that people listening would say, “oh, I would never do that,” when in fact they do!  I don’t think people truly realize what they should and should not do when they bring a dog home.

Bart

Be Proud of Your Dog

If you think about it, and you purchased a pup from a phenomenal breeder, you would be proud of your new pup, showing it off to everyone and bragging about its bloodline, the titles its parents have won, and your dreams for your new pup.  But that’s not how people act or feel when they bring home a pup from the pound; a pup that is emaciated, maybe is full of worms, has runny poop, cries all night long, and is confused.

Do Not Reward Fear

People who see a dog cower at the sight of as human hand for some reason want to embrace it, pet it, tell it it’s okay, and that just makes the dog even worse.  The dog has actually been rewarded for being afraid of the hand. I have had many people come to my home with their adopted dog, asking to adopt a second dog from me to keep their dog company.  Many times the potential adopters discuss in detail the horrible conditions that their dog originally came from.  They treat their dog like it’s still being abused, in other words, carrying the pity that they have for their dog in their heart and on their sleeve.  It doesn’t take me very long to realize that their dog is neurotic, and stuck.

Don’t Make Excuses For Your Dog’s Behavior

What I witness is a very nervous and unsure dog.  The owners make up excuses for their dog.  Their dog may growl at another dog, or show it’s teeth at me, and they make excuses for their dog.  Their dog may be food-aggressive, and they make excuses for their dog.

Is Your Dog Stuck, Living in the Past?

A few times, I’ve literally asked the couple to leave their dog with me, “go have lunch and leave me alone with your dog for an hour so I can properly introduce the two dogs to each other,” I beg, because I know that it’s their energy that’s preventing the dog’s joy.  They refuse to leave, they refuse to give me a chance, they refuse to give their dog a chance, because they enjoy seeing their dog needy, confused and unsure so they can be their dog’s savior. Their dog is stuck living in its past.  To the dog’s owners, he’s always seen as the pathetic, needy, starving dog they brought home from the filthy pound, and that’s NOT what your dog wants – and that’s not what your dog is today.

Shep

Make Your Dog’s Pity Party Brief

Since I recently worked with Winter, Shep and even before then Shy Sharon, I go overboard with potential adopters explaining to them that under no circumstances are they to feel sorry for their dog.  Even in the worse cases, like Bart and China, for example, I too feel a lot of empathy for the abused and neglected dogs that I rescue… but only for 24 hours.  After that dog is with me for a day, I brush it off and the dog and I begin a new day, begin a new journey, and the dog knows that there is not one ounce of pity in my heart for him any longer.  Those days are gone, it’s time to move on and be proud.

They call it tough love

Only on a few occasions I’ve allowed someone to adopt from me not knowing that they want the dog because they felt sorry it-it always ends in disaster.  Yet people are more attracted to the damaged dogs than the perfectly fine dogs.  Dogs like Chaz, for example, has never been in a pound, he was never abused or neglected, he’s just a great dog.  Yet 99% of potential adopters want to adopt the sad abused and neglected dogs, like Shep. While I was trying to explain this to a friend last week, I used an analogy that just came out before I realized I had just had a major Ah Ha moment.

Tiny Dancer

Your Dog Is Not an Orphan Anymore

As a young teenager, I was quite a handful.  I was disrespectful and rude to my parents; I thought I knew everything.  I didn’t appreciate how hard they worked for the family, and how lucky I was.  Every heated argument ended with my Mom or Dad saying, “if it wasn’t for us, you would have died; we saved your life.” Those words always ran through my veins like ice.  Instead of being grateful that they adopted me (a sickly three month-old baby abandoned by her mother and given to a catholic orphanage) it did the opposite-I resented it.  I did not ask to be there, I did not ask to be adopted, and at three months of age, I certainly had no say in selecting my family.

My Collie, when I was just a kid

My Collie, when I was just a kid

The statement itself infuriated me.  Why?  Because I did not want to be seen or treated like that pathetic and unwanted orphan.  I wanted to be appreciated for who I had become.  I did not want to be a sickly orphan, I wanted to be their healthy yet combative teenager daughter! I remember thinking to myself, if they were so unhappy with me, why did they adopt? Today, of course I realize that this was normal teenage rebellion and if we wouldn’t have fought about that, we would’ve fought about something else!

But I do understand that when a dog is adopted, he should be adopted because he is wanted.  He should be adopted because he will add to the family, not give the family a sad story to hang onto.  Stop the Drama!

Winter

If you have ever met me, and met China, you’d understand my energy.  China is probably one of the most abused dogs I’ve ever rescued, yet when I introduce her and show her off to people, I do it with great pride.  I don’t dwell on her past, I don’t want people to feel sorry for her, I want people to see her beauty, recognize her intelligence, and more importantly witness her incredible loyalty and joy. Yes she was unwanted, abandoned, surrendered to a kill shelter, scheduled to be put down and deemed un-adoptable.  Yes, she was beaten and took months to rehabilitate, but that shroud does not follow her because we will not pity her.

I work very hard when I rescue and foster a dog with a horrible past to close that door and lock it permanently.  If you are thinking of adopting a dog from a shelter, rescue or pound, or if you are getting a dog off of Craig’s list, or a parking lot, realize that if you’re stuck in the dog’s past, your dog will never grow emotionally, because of you.

It matters not where your dog came from, it’s up to you to undo the past, and help your dog find joy.

There is no joy in pity.

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Little Miss Muffet~Adopted

spunky little thing!

Little Miss Muffet is a Black 7 year-old Female Toy Poodle.  She is blind but that doesn’t stop her, heck it doesn’t even slow her down! She absolutely adores my children (Ages 4 and 6) when she hears them she just jumps and spins around waiting for one of them to come snatch her up… She is crate trained and appears to be housebroken if let out timely. She is being fostered in DeBary by Brittney Myers .

Now, I am sure most of you are saying to yourselves “That is one funny looking Border Collie!!!” and trust me, that was Gisele’s reaction as well… While going through a long list of dogs in need I said, “Gisele, that poodle is coming to me”, her reply “a Poodle, Really? Fine, but it is staying at your house…” Ok I have my reasons.

She adores children

Growing there was a close friend of the family who’s uncle bred small dogs (Poodles, Boston’s, Chihuahua’s etc..) Being a young child and an animal lover, I absolutely loved going to play with the little Boston Terrier pups. Come on who could resist?

While visiting one afternoon we were approached by an old poodle we guessed to be probably 7 or 8 years old; she had no teeth was a matted nasty mess but that didn’t stop me from kneeling down to say Hello. The man approached us and says, “You want her take her home. She’s no good to me anymore, if I wasn’t so busy this morning I would have already taken care of her.” Confused we looked at him and asked “Taken care of her?” We could have never prepared ourselves for his response.

You see she had been bred and delivered 4 purebred puppies, some were still born and she killed the remaining litter mates (obviously, something wasn’t right with them, she was just being a mother dog), but because she had destroyed the remaining puppies, nothing but money in his eyes, she was useless to him and only costing him money so his intent was to destroy her as well. Needless to say, we went home with a poodle that evening.

Before her grooming by Serena at Val-u-Vet

After some much needed vetting and groomed we learned she was 9, she was blind, had 3 teeth in her mouth and was partially deaf, she lived out her remaining 5 years with us. She was the sweetest dog.  When I saw Little Miss Muffet , with her matted mess of a hair do, I just had to save her too! I just had to! Boy does this girl remind me of my Belle!

Before her grooming

Little Miss Muffet has no problem going for a walk and playing in the yard she just runs and jumps, she is such a happy girl! If you are interested in Little Miss Muffet, contact  TheDogLiberator@gmail.com to arrange to meet her.

You can see many more NEW photos of her on Facebook.

 

 

the new little miss muffet!

Barcley Dog Park, DeLand

A Kiss from Winter (now Rider)

We had a wonderful day at Barcley Dog Parkin DeLand.  I found that the park would be perfect for our future reunions.

What made me happy is that Winter remembered me; but it’s only been one week since I last saw him!  What I noticed is that all of our dogs are “home”.

Winter, Lilly, Jaffe, and the Cowboys Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp.  It’s a real thrill to see our rescued dogs bonded with their owners.  I was impressed with Winter’s self-esteem.  He traveled far from us, but staying close to the dogs he knew, like China and Lady Di.  Dale raised his hand up in the air, and Winter bolted to his side.

Doc and Wyatt

 

Watching Lilly and Abel interact; it was as if those two have been together forever, and the way she is with Dusty, it’s obvious that’s her man!  There is no manual to matching dogs with up with the right owners; no rules, no secret code.  It’s hard to explain but there was joy in their eyes, you know?  

If you remember Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp, you’ll remember there was no joy, no life in their eyes whatsoever.  

our favorite photo of the day

 

 

Jaffe never changes; he’s always polite, obedient, and focused on his people!

One thing I only appreciate in photographs is how confident my daughter, Sarah, is when she’s with the dogs, especially her dog, China.  I’ve never seen a dog and a child so bonded.

You can see all of our photos on Facebook.  Special thanks to Brittney Myers for her fantastic work with her camera!  At the end of the day we accepted the fact that our white dogs were covered in mud, and happy faces!

Winter and China showing the art of communication!

Our day in a nutshell!

The Chosen Ones, Owning a Deaf Dog

Skate as a puppy, now Ludwig

Regardless of the dog you have today, the dog your friend or neighbor has, or the dog you may adopt tomorrow, one day you will encounter a deaf and/or blind dog.  The information in this article will help you and your dog tremendously!

Written by Christopher Chosy

My wife and I have a beautiful 2 1/2 year-old Aussie named Ludwig (though we call him Luddy) that we adopted from The Dog Liberator Rescue (Skate) when he was just a pup. Almost every time we take him out someone will stop us the conversation usually goes like this:

Person: “Your dog is beautiful what kind is she?” (they always think HE is a SHE)
Me: “HE is an Australian Shepherd”
Person: “But he is all white”
Me: “Yes he is Deaf”
Person: (Usually raising their voice or switching to a pity voice) “OH POOR THING well he is very cute”
Me: “We adopted him from a rescue The Dog Liberator they do great work.”
Person: “So you knew he was Deaf beforehand how sweet of you!”
Me: “Trust me, he chose me and I wouldn’t trade him for anything!”

This humorous conversation is played out over and over again. I don’t get upset or frustrated because I understand preconceived notions about Deaf dogs; they are similar to those about Deaf people.

My wife and I became involved through our church to work with the Deaf and hard of hearing community. At first we were apprehensive; especially me.  I had conjured what Deaf people must be like in my head before even meeting one Deaf person.

When we decided to move forward one of our instructors for ASL (American Sign Language) ended the first day with an illustration I have never forgotten. He said:

“the Deaf live their life in a box especially when they interact with the hearing world.
When they are around other Deaf persons or those in the hearing community that learn their language,
they are able to get out of the box, always let them out of the box.”

 

When we put our new ASL skills to practice I learned not only that my preconceived notions were off base, but they were completely wrong. Now I cherish all of my close friends who just happen to be Deaf!

Ludwig and Meja

Perhaps you feel this way about Deaf dogs.  Maybe you have preconceived notions in your head about what they must be like. Could be that you did research on the Internet or spoke to someone who told you negative things. Naturally such things would leave you feeling apprehensive and it’s okay to feel that way.  I have to tell you from experience, you are missing out on some great dogs that will give more love than you could give them, for their entire life!

What are the basic differences between a hearing dog and a Deaf dog?

Deaf dogs are not distracted by sounds.
Deaf dogs are constantly focused on your every move, thus easy to train.
Deaf dogs are not thunder-phobic!

So what is it like to have a Deaf dog?

Deaf dogs are constantly focused on you; not being able to hear, they are always  looking at you for direction; this makes them a delight to train. Our dog Luddy knows as much ASL as I do! I have lost count on how many signs he has learned. What was amazing is the number of things he does all by himself. If we open the door he will stay no matter what, he will not go through the doorway unless signed to come.  The same goes when we travel to the park; I open the car door and he will wait until he is told to come out. These aren’t things we taught him, these are things he learned on his own.

Chris and Ludwig

Luddy loves kids!  If he could be surrounded by kids at all times he would be in heaven. We have some friends with younger kids and he is very gentle; even when they pull on his tail and ears.

If we take him to the dog park, he will play, but he always keeps one eye on us. A simple wave to come and he will come running. If we play in the backyard and we walk inside he will be right next to us. They are definitely companions for life; true Velcro dogs.

Fireworks, thunder, loud noises etc. Luddy could care less; doesn’t spook him at all.

Velveteen, Adopted in 2010

He is a great guard dog, I am not a scientist, but my Deaf friends swear their sense of smell is very sensitive and heightened.  Also, they pick up on vibrations quite easily. This must be the same for Deaf dogs having a heightened sense of smell compared to other dogs. Luddy can smell someone as they walk through the doorway. The most incredible thing is when my wife or I are coming home from work.

One time he and I were in the backyard playing when he pause and bolted inside the house and stood at the side door. I looked out and didn’t see anything but about 30 seconds later my wife, driving home, was pulling onto our street.  I thought this was a coincidence until two days later the same thing happened again. How he knows is a mystery to me, but he does.

We also give him a “sign” for when someone comes to our door; that’s when he lets out his “scary bark” and runs toward the door!

Yes, Deaf dogs do bark, his normal bark is quite and high-pitched, and as I mentioned his scary bark sounds like a normal dog. Luddy can’t hear it but he knows we can.  No need to worry that Deaf dogs will leave your house unprotected; quite the opposite.

Knish, Adopted 2012

Some people will tell you not to get a Deaf dog because they will snap, there isn’t anything behaviorally or mentally wrong with them they just can’t hear. With that being said, it is cruel to sneak up behind a Deaf dog and scare them or jolt them out of their sleep. If you choose to do that to any dog you may get bit; can’t say that you don’t deserve it though.

There is so much more that I want to share with you about owning a Deaf dog.  What’s amazing is that once you own one, you will never own a hearing dog.  It’s true.  People who have owned a Deaf dog will adopt another Deaf dog!  So what are you waiting for?

Note:  The Wilson family have adopted and fostered many deaf/blind dogs, and their extended family and friends have personally adopted several.  Their first was Fiona.  After adopting Fiona, everybody wanted one!

Because of greedy and irresponsible breeders, deaf dogs are on the rise.  Breeders lie about the dog, in an effort to get rid of them, and sell them to unsuspecting dog-lovers, or they abandon them.  It is doubtful that we will ever be able to put them out of business, but with great rescues like The Dog Liberator, some of these dogs have a chance.

China and Baby Ga Ga

Deaf Dogs Hear with their Heart

So if you took the time to read this article, or if your on this website looking to adopt a dog, I ask if you see a dog that may be Deaf or vision impaired don’t look and say “oh they are cute” and pass them over. Imagine them living in a box, and your the only one who can let them out, for that I can promise, unconditional love will be yours for their entire lifetime.

Please let them out of the box.  ~ Christopher Chosy

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Everybody Lies

Several months ago, I went to a dog show in DeLand.  All of the dogs there were AKC registered purebreds.  A woman had two collies, and was ready to “show” one.  Asking a friend if she could hold the leash of her female, I volunteered.  Before she went into the ring with her male Collie, she warned me that her female was “in season” and to watch her carefully.  I just smiled.  My girls, Sarah and Danielle joined me (only 9 years old) and they bent down to pet this little Collie girl I was holding.  Sarah looked up at me and said, “Mom, she has China eyes.”  I smiled at her, because I knew that dog was blind.  I could also tell the dog was deaf.  When the owner returned, she thanked me for my help, and you know I had to be me!

“You have had her eyes looked at right, and her hearing checked, right?”  I asked her.  I kid you not, the woman backed away from me in total terror.  It was as if I had sprayed her with mace.  She knew, that I knew.  And I knew, that she knew.  She scrambled for words, looked down at the ground for a moment and said, “Oh, my vet has checked her out, there’s nothing wrong with her,” then she vanished.

Do I care that she is competing with a deaf/blind collie?  No!  Do I care that she is breeding her?  Seriously?  Do I really need to even answer that question?  Seriously?

Sassafras, Adopted 2010

When Miss Fritzi wanted to adopt Sassafras from us, we were shocked.  She was in Connecticut, why would she want to adopt a Deaf Old English Sheepdog from Florida?  Because she did!  She had deaf OES before, and the woman knew what she wanted.  We didn’t argue!  After talking with Fritzi over the phone, she explained to me that she had purebred Old English Sheepdogs, and she entered them into competitions, they won quite often, but no one knew that there were deaf.  She explained that deaf dogs could not enter agility competitions.  “I will not drink the Kool Aide,” she told me.  “I entered my dogs in competitions, I just never told anyone, and I certainly didn’t breed them.  No one knew my dog was deaf.  I didn’t tell anyone until after she passed away.”

 

Don’t Love Me Just Because I’m Beautiful!

China and Sarah

 

Last week, after we enjoyed ourselves at the DeLand parade.  Brittney Myers and my daughter, Sarah took turns holding China the leash.  China was stunning, dressed in pink!  Many people asked if they could pet her, and of course the answer is yes.  They would bend down, rub her little head and talk sweet to her.

“Oh how sweet, are you a good girl?  Would you like a cookie?”  All the while China is focused on her handler, not on the stranger.

“She can’t hear you, she’s deaf,” we explain.  The admirer then gets confused, and wonders how they couldn’t tell.  “She’s the most highly trained dog here, but she can’t hear you.”  So it appears that Chris experiences the same reactions in public with Luddy, as we do when we are out with China!

Kiss, Adopted 2010

After the parade, we went to DeLand Skydive for a bite.  I noticed through the smoked glass of the restaurant, a puppy outside.  I saw it from that distance, the pup had a China eye; meaning it was blind.  I approached the man, and politely asked if I could look at his pup.  He agreed.  The pup wouldn’t sit still, but when I finally got to look at his eyes, I was right, his left eye was blind.  Again, the girls, Sarah and Danielle came over to pet the puppy.  Once again, Sarah looked up at me and said, “Again Mommy?”

Yes my dear Sarah, again!

China

China

I informed the young man very politely that his dog was blind in one eye.  He was devastated.  He shared that he had just purchased the pup, for a large sum of money.  I told him the pup was lucky that he bought him.  I told him not to be concerned, the blindness matters not.  I did tell him to train the pup from the right side, and not to let anyone, especially children spook the pup from his left side.  He told me he had taken the pup to the Vet, and that this can not be.  Once again, the man quickly left.

Maybe I should learn to be quiet?  If I do, this pup like many deaf and blind dogs, might be punished unfairly (many deaf/blind dogs are abused).  Can I prove this?  Of course I can!  China was severely abused, by a mom who didn’t know she was deaf.  China was beaten, and it took me over six weeks for her to even allow me to touch her.

Hey Mister!  Your dog isn’t stupid, your dog isn’t ignoring you; your dog is deaf!

Bill Wilson and Fiona, Adopted 2011

 

So this begs the question of the day… to Veterinarians know but don’t tell?  Do they not see it?  Do they turn a blind eye to the condition (pardon the pun).  This begs the question, why is it when I walk into my Vet’s office, they can see it from down the hall!  They know I have just brought in a deaf/blind dog!

“Where do you find these dogs?” Dr. Pinzon, who is a vision specialist, asked me last year.
“I don’t find them, they find me!”  I answered.

Note to Self

I can tell you that it was my Aunt who told me that my three year-old Sheltie, Mischief was blind.  I didn’t believe her.  Mischief never missed a thing.  My Aunt insisted, and I was floored.  I took Mischief to the vet, and my Aunt was right, she was completely blind.  Mischief had a great life, and lived to be 12 until seizures took her life.  Her blindness never stopped her!

Full Disclosure

Jalo now Gigi with Mary

We don’t always go out of way to rescue deaf and blind dogs!  Just a few months ago, Jalo was pulled from Miami-Dade and her owner, Mary, discovered she’s deaf.  I took Baileys in from his owner, who didn’t know he is completely blind in one eye, and has poor sight in the other.  What’s important to understand is no one is complaining!  In none of these adoption photos are the adopters disappointed in anyway!  These are all really awesome dogs!

 

 

More than Just Great Dogs

Falcor, adopted 2011

I hope that we continue to share our experiences with deaf and/or blind dogs.  They are truly amazing.  As I was reading what Chris wrote for this post, I couldn’t help but smile.  Everything he said about what Luddy does, is what China does!  China is the first to bark at the door at strangers.  Why?  I think my dogs hear the car’s engine, they recognize the sound of that car door, they know those footsteps, and they simply just lift their head up.  They do not run to the door, because they know who it is!  China, however, doesn’t know who it is.  A stranger is a stranger, and someone is that the door!  She runs and barks ferociously, protecting her home.  She doesn’t recognize me through the glass, my other dogs do.  She doesn’t stop barking until she can smell us.  She is an awesome watch dog!

With regard to their clairvoyance, China lays by the front door 15 minutes before I pick Sarah up from school; 1:45 every day.  Prior to 1:45, China sleeps on a comfy bed or the couch.    On Wednesdays, however, she lays by the front door at 12:45 for early release!  She does this so she doesn’t miss Sarah’s return, for if she sleeps somewhere else, she will not feel the door open!

Jen and Fiona

Not all Deaf dogs are Blind.  Not all White Dogs are Blind or Deaf.  We do not believe that Dundee, aka Chance is deaf or blind, yet he is a solid white Aussie.  If he is, he shows no signs!  Not all Blue-eyed dogs are Blind!  Not all Deaf dogs are visually impaired!  I agreed to rescue China’s Twin, Lilly, because I was convinced she was deaf and/or blind.  She isn’t!  She isn’t!

 

Winter, abandoned and forgotten

 

Today, I am fostering Winter.  He is a stunning dog, and I believe that after just one day, I have found his new home.  The Dog Liberator has followers that will trip over themselves just to adopt one of our Deaf dogs.  Why?  Well, the proof is right here on this page, isn’t it?  They are a lot like Potato Chips, you can’t have just one!

Click here to read more about our Deaf/Blind Dogs.  While you will notice that most of these dogs are breed for looks, they are adopted because of their incredible intelligence and intense love!

You can also visit http://www.deafdogs.org/

Help us Rescue and Save the Life of a Deaf Dog Today!

Help us Rescue and Save the Life of a Deaf Dog Today!

Winter~Adopted

Winter, now Rider

02/26/13 Dale Writes: Yea, so…..how cool is it that after only a week & a 1/2 Rider has learned my work schedule and is waiting out by the gate every day when I turn up, the driveway. Okay, now here’s the downside – cute but downside = It appears that when he comes out to sit & wait for me, he doesn’t care that it’s POURING DOWN RAIN !!! Yep, there sat my dedicated son, just as happy & excited to see me……soaking wet but he didn’t care – Daddy was home !

Winter has a home of his own!

02/16/13:  Winter joined us in DeLand.  Visit White Dog Day and see more photos and video of him at the dog park!

02/08/13:  Winter has been adopted by Dale and Brenda, and living in DeLand with Dales pack!  Can’t wait for updates!

02/14/13:  Winter got a bath yesterday!  Doesn’t he look awesome!  You can continue to see updated photos of Winter on Facebook.

all clean and white!

02/05/13 Foster Update:  Winter is wonderful.  He has the self-confidence he needs, he is playing like a maniac (thanks to Digit) and is just a very good boy!  He’s great with kids, unsure about cats, and loves dogs… all dogs!  He, like China, has incredible recall (most deaf dogs do).

Here’s his latest video.

History:

Winter, Scared at the Shelter

Dave told me yesterday there was a white Aussie boy in Seminole County’s Animal Control.  I got in touch with Kim Litz, Aussie rescuer, and offered to take him.  She sent me a few photos of him, and said he was a good boy.  He reminded me of Dundee (Chance) who was adopted by the Wilson family.  He looked familiar to me, as if he and Dundee might be related.

They estimate he might be four years old, but today we wondered if he was two.  Who knows, he might even be older, I’ll let Dr. Oliver decide.  He’s also heartworm negative!  Whew!

Judging by his dirty feet, he’s been on his own for a while.  Rumors have it a local farmer was looking for an un-socialized dog to work with his cattle, so he bought this dog from a breeder.  Woops!  I don’t think he meant to buy a totally deaf and visually impaired dog.  Well, obviously it didn’t work out!  I was also told that this boy has been a stray for a month or so.  Seems like animal control has been getting calls from people who have spotted him.  I don’t know if any of these facts are accurate or not, so if I hear something different, I’ll update it here!

I had a choice to get him neutered at the county, or just pull him right away.  I figured I had a appointment already, and I really wanted to meet him first, so I opted to proceed with my plan… off to Val-U-Vet.

When he walked in the door, the staff at Val-U-Vet popped their heads up, and were curious about this slow moving Aussie.  One by one, the ladies joined me in the main lobby, and we sat on the ground evaluating him.  It was really cool, because first Serena came out, and evaluated the condition of his coat.   His coat is dry, and full of sand.  It didn’t take long before several of the staff were interacting with the dog.  We did a rough test of his eyes, they both blink!  But we don’t think he can hear… at all!

He wasn’t afraid of us, but he was cautious, and he was a bit confused; unsure of his surroundings, which I would expect.  What we did notice is he did not want to left alone.  He followed whoever moved, and when he couldn’t find a human, he hugged the wall.  I video taped it to share with you, even though I know that this video may decrease his chances for adoption.  After all, it shows him being unsure and lacking confidence.  But that’s okay, I’ll also be sharing video of him a few days and weeks from now, which I’m sure will be totally different!

By the way I’d like to apologize, because I’m typing this so fast, not taking the time to proofread!

Kim recently wrote:  Evaluated this 3 yr old male and what a sweet thing! He was good with the two dogs he interacted with, an older male corgi mix who kept trying to get him to play and then wanted to hump him, it didn’t bother him, he just sat down. He also was fine with the young Catahoula mix girl who sniffed him all over (she is disabled so not able to run around). He just sniffed the cat and didn’t really pay her much attention after that (she hissed at him but of course he couldn’t hear that). He is deaf and does have some limited sight although when I dropped the leash he could follow me around and did so several times. He was quiet, I went slowly at first as not to startle him. I really liked this boy, he was sweet and gentle, no jumping. He let me look at his teeth, his ears, his toes and touch him all over.

I shared with the staff at Val-U-Vet my name ideas for the gentle boy.  You see, on the way to meet Kim, I had a bunch of names in my head!  I had emailed a few people today asking for name ideas.  Here’s was my list!

If he was lovey dovey I was going to name him Diamond Dave.

If he was regal and sophisticated I was going to name him Elton.

My son, Ryan first wanted to name him Chrome.  I saved that name in case he was playful.

Then, I thought if he’s super smart, I’d name him Anderson Cooper.

But none of those names will do.

My son begged me to name him Winter.  He said there was a song that he loves, called The Sound of Winter.  While the five of us standing in a circle, surrounding the dog took a vote, and we all voted unanimously; Winter.

Not scared, but unsure and confused

He’s staying at Val-U-Vet tonight.  Tomorrow morning he will be lovingly groomed by Serena.  She will make him so white I’ll need sunglasses!  Also tomorrow his vision will be evaluated by Dr. Pinzon.  On Friday, he will be neutered.  I suspect that by the time I see him again, he’ll be a different dog!

I’ve asked the Wilson family to foster him for me, but whether he stays with me or stays with the Wilsons, he will get the best of care, and he will be introduced to play.  We will work on trust, and expose him to new things, and hopefully increase his self-esteem.

One thing is obvious, Winter is a velcro dog.  He needs the closeness of a human.  And please don’t tell me that deaf dogs don’t make good guard dogs, because it’s my China that’s the first to bark at a stranger (ferociously I might add).  I think because Ozzie and Lady Di can actually hear the intruder, or maybe they can see the intruder from the window, they don’t even bother to get up!  Because China can’t hear them, or see them very well, everyone is a stranger to her, until she can smell them, and until that happens, she guards her castle!

I’ll be anxious to update Winter’s page, I’m confident that we can help him, and I’m confident he will find the perfect home.  Thank you Kim!  I’m also glad that I made the decision to keep my appointment.  I know that at night, when the crowds leave, the folks at Val-U-Vet really interact with my dogs!  You can see more photos of him on Facebook.

I was getting ready to publish this post, and when I looked on Facebook, Kathy K. left a comment:
Kathy K:  If so, I am so thankful. I have seen him late at night on my way home from work and tried to catch several times. Took food I left once but other times just ran. Followed him once during the day for about an hour until he ran into the woods. No one seemed to know where he came from but talked to several people that tried to catch him. If not, still glad another baby has been saved.

So it’s true, it takes a village.

Dusty and Lilly

Update:  Winter’s veterinary care has been sponsored by Dusty, who adopted China’s Twin, Lilly!  Woo Hoo for Winter!  He’s getting the full spa treatment today, bath, ears, nails blow-dry and comb out!  Tomorrow he gets neutered.  Thank you Dusty!

Winter Comes Home

01/31/13:  Winter will not get a bath today, and his surgery has been cancelled. He is having an upper respiratory infection.  Some vitamins, antibiotics and cough medicine are in order. I’m picking him up shortly and he’ll chill out and relax for a few days before we reschedule!

I brought Winter home.  He does have a pretty hefty cough, and I’m glad he was not neutered yesterday by Animal Control.  My vet said he wouldn’t really eat, so I popped open a can of Andi’s chicken stew… he gobbled it!  I’ve taken him outside, he’s very needy, and starting to show affection.  He follows me around everywhere, like I’m his security blanket.

Winter is a love

I picked up the girls from school, and we took Winter outside to introduce him to the yard.  He is shy at first, but once he gets a chance to smell you, and knows that you mean him no harm, he warms up VERY quickly, giving kisses and wanting to hug.  You can see more photos of him on Facebook. 

02/01/13:  Winter is doing well, very well!  He’s eating good, so I’m not concerned, but his cough is bad.  He is starting to play, and he barks for attention!  What a great sign!  He is very affectionate, and he licks my feet just to tell me he likes me!  I will share more very soon!

 

Winter is Comfortable in Foster Care

02/03/13:  Winter’s cough is almost completely gone.  He loves to run with the pack, and is very playful.  He does not try to escape from the yard; so why was he on the run on his own for so long?  Maybe a female in heat caused him to leave the safety of his home?  Maybe he was dumped.  Winter is great in his crate, and barks occasionally to check if we’re hear!  I’ve been leaving the light on for him at night; it helped!  He is great with the kids and is gaining a lot of self-confidence.

We have many new photos of him on Facebook.

 

 

Flash Back:  It’s February 11, 2013 and I’m just going through all of my old messages.  I re-read Kathy’s comments on Winter’s photo album on Facebook, when it dawned on me.  Last November, she sent me a private message:

November 30, 2012: Not sure that you can help but maybe you have heard if someone is missing this dog. I saw a white with small gray markings and very light blue eyes, Australian Shepherd running loose in the Longwood area. He/she was running on Rangeline road and then onto Church Ave. He/she is very dirty. Does not seem aggressive but would not come to me. I followed it for a ways with food and it would just cross the road and kept running. It was running in traffic. Several of us tried to catch it to no avail. I followed it to the woody area by Pet Country ( a boarding place on Church). I asked if they were missing a dog and they said that it had been running for about 4 days and that no one has been able to catch it. I then spoke to another lady walking a dog and she said the same thing. I checked with the Vet I take my kitties to and they did not know of anyone missing a dog. I now have to go to work and sadly I don’t live in the area the dog is running in or I would leave food out. It is a dirty beauty and i am so scared it will get hit. I will look for it again tomorrow. Please let me know if you have heard of anyone missing such dog. Thank you for your time. Kathy

 

Not knowing if the dog was a male or a female, I wrote her back, giving her some advice:  Keep looking! If you see her, sit on the ground, and turn your back on her, avoiding eye contact. Extend your hand out, and see if she’ll come to you. If she’s scared, she will approach from the back or the side. Bring food. Bring a braided slip leash, it’ll take time.  You can call my cell if you need me.   Also, she may have puppies so check her belly if you can. If she’s nursing, you can not remove her.

Now it all makes sense, why Kathy was so excited when we got Winter.  I have chills!

 


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Bailey’s Irish Cream~Adopted

Bailey is not ready for bed…its play time!

1/18/13 Update: Today, Baileys has all of the self-confidence a good dog needs! He has learned a lot of social skills with Mary, and his time in foster care has been time well spent. He is a love bug, and is incredibly smart. Mary, and her dog Gidget (Jalo) are enjoying his company, and he is getting used to Mary’s cat!

 

 

Simply Stunning!

11/19/12:  Mary Burns was very interested in adopting Baileys.  She brought him home for a few days to see if he would get along with her pack. Unfortunately, the pack was too much for him and made him nervous.  The cat added to his nervousness as well.  Bailey’s is now available for adoption again but we’ve learned a lot more about him in just one week.  Baileys needs a structured environment and a routine to increase his sense of security.  I just love this dog, and I’m anxious to foster him again.

11/16/12 Foster Update:  Running a rescue is hard work, but what I love about it the most is I learn something new every single day.  I visited Dr. Dario Pinzon, an eye specialist for Val-U-Vet.  Bailey underwent a thorough examination.  He is losing his sight in both of his eyes, his left eye being worse than the right.

It’s called the Collie Eye Anomaly

I felt very sad for Bailey’s family, that they had to give him up after seven years.  I was surprised that they were not aware that he was blind.  If they would’ve known he was blind, a lot of incidents could’ve been avoided.

I  had a blind Sheltie many years ago.  I too didn’t know she was blind… it was my Aunt Gerry that told me!  I denied it, took the pup to the vet, and it was confirmed that my little Sheltie was blind.  She was only three years old.  She never missed a beat, and didn’t need her sight.

Blind dogs do need a special home, and here’s what Dr. Pinzon shared with me:

Install outdoor lighting.  When your dog wants to go outside at night, his vision will be even worse.  He will need lighting or he will be afraid to go outside.

Install nightlights and leave them on in the home, this will help the dog get around.

Do not allow strangers to approach the dog from behind, it will spook the dog.  Allow the dog time to use his ears and nose when meeting strangers.

The good news for Baileys is that by the time his sight is gone completely, he will be established in his new home, will have developed his new routine, and will have met a lot of new people!

I don’t feel sorry for Baileys.  He is the most intelligent dog I have ever rescued… and I’m serious.  Baileys is a brainiac and a real problem solver.  He could easily be certified Canine Good Citizen… he’s that good.  I also don’t feel sorry for Baileys because I think I know whoever adopts him, they will be awesome!  Stay tuned!

 

11/13/12 Foster Update:  It took a few days for Bailey to decompress.  All he knows is his home and his family.  He was scared, and didn’t know if he could trust us.  He first started with me, then the kids… to seek attention.  But today, he wanted to play, and he played with the entire pack!  I had my phone fully charged… and caught some video!  Woo Hoo!

 

This gorgeous boy is here with me, in Deltona.  He is 7 years old, very quiet, and very shy.  He’s getting used to live at the Border Collie Boot Camp, and it won’t be long before he finds his joy.  It’s hard to say where he’ll be best suited, so for now, I’ll just guess that a quiet home with an older couple would be awesome!

Bailey’s has a doctor’s appointment this Friday.  When I met him, I immediately suspected that his left eye was blind.  After watching him closely, I know I’m right.  You can see all of his photos on Facebook.

If you are interested in meeting him, please email TheDogLiberator@gmail.com and share such information as:

where you live,

your household composition,

your yard/fence/exercise plan,

pets you have and/or had,

your normal work schedule,

how much time the dog will be alone,

what you are looking for in a dog,

do you have a pool

what contingency plans do you have in place should you no longer be able to care for your dog,

What a handsome boy!

if you rent, do you have landlord approval,

and are you prepared to bring your new dog home if you are approved during your meet?

have you or anyone in your family ever been bitten or traumatized by a dog in the past?

also, provide us with your phone number, home address, including county and zip code, and then we’ll go from there! The more you share the better!

 

Wanna Play?

Diva~Adopted

Diva

This is a stunning lethal white Aussie female that was rescued from Georgia and is being fostered by the Baxleys.  She is 3-4 years of age, very intelligent, easy to train and loving.  Diva reminds me a lot of China.  I had the opportunity to personally meet Diva while visiting Hall County Animal Services.  I’m really glad that my daughter Sarah wasn’t with us, or Diva would’ve come home with us.

You should all know by now how much I love these dogs!

When I was in my early twenties, I had a little dog named Mischief, she was a sheltie mix.  My Aunt had come over to visit me, and after a quick look at my dog, she asked me if I knew that my Mischief was blind.  “She is NOT blind!”  I insisted.  My Aunt assured me that she was.  I took her to my local vet, and then to a vision expert and it was true… she was blind but I didn’t know it.  How could that be?  Because Mischief did not act impaired in any way.  She lived for many years, and dozens of people that came to visit could not believe she was blind.  When I met Diva, everyone confirmed that she was not deaf, and has no vision problems whatsoever.  I’m not a vet, and she has not been examined by a specialist, but I can tell you that these dogs are so darn smart, they don’t need their vision or their hearing.  These dogs are the brainiacs of the herding breed!  I have three in my pack, a Collie, a Border Collie, and a deaf/blind Aussie.  It’s the Aussie that’s the most well-trained, intuitive and obedient!  That’s a fact!

See more of photos of Diva on Facebook.

Update:  Diva has been adopted, we will have updates shortly!

Here are other Deaf and/or Blind dogs that have been rescued and adopted by TDL.

 

Much to the surprise of many people, we do not use an adoption application but rely instead upon an interview process. Because we are a small rescue and keep all of our dogs in foster homes, we shy away from forms that tend to emphasis why someone should not have a dog. The interview process allows us to learn more about our potential adopters and their individual situations, concerns, pros and cons. By knowing more details, we are able to place dogs into homes that other rescues might turn down, because we already know our dogs. We’re small so we don’t need blanket policies that require fences or disallow families with small children or won’t allow senior citizens. We’re focused on bringing together caring people with the right dog.

Whether you are considering an adult dog or a puppy, the first thing you should do is read our article on Starting Your Dog Out Right.  Here you will find not only some good tips but some thoughts to ponder before committing to the responsibilities of caring for a dog.

If you are interested in meeting one of our dogs or learning more about it, please e-mail us at thedogliberator@gmail.com and let’s get the process going! Share such information

  • as where you live,
  • your household composition,
  • your yard/fence/exercise plan,
  • pets you have and/or had,
  • your normal work schedule,
  • how much time the dog will be alone,
  • what you are looking for in a dog,
  • do you own a pool,
  • what contingency plans do you have in place should you no longer be able to care for your dog,
  • if you rent, do you have landlord approval,
  • are you prepared to bring your new dog home if you are approved after you meet one of our dogs?

And then we’ll go from there!  The more you share the better!

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