When all of the other dogs are howling as a motorcycle zooms by, or chasing a vacuum around the house, your adopted deaf pup will be calm on the couch, without a care in the world.
That’s just a couple of benefits Deaf Dogs Rock touts on its blog, deafdogsrock.com – which won the “Best Cause Blog” at this year’s BlogPaws Awards. This category was judged based on message, purpose and results as demonstrated on the blog.
Deaf Dogs Rock was inspired by Nitro, a 10-week old white Boxer pup found in Virginia in 2010 and stole Christine Lee’s heart. Lee and her husband, Chris, decided to learn American Sign Language (ASL), but found there weren’t a lot of resources around for deaf dog owners.
“After the first 48 hours of having Nitro here and not being able to control his crazy wild side, I have to admit I did freak out a little bit,” Lee wrote on her blog.
But she worked through the ruff times and brought Nitro to training at the Field of Dreams Training Center, where he was the first deaf dog in class. And class is what he brought! He wagged through the ranks to AKC CGC Certified and can now be a therapy dog. Her blog highlights the perfect resources she found for dealing with hearing impaired pooches, including training tips and books to read. You can also find Deaf Dogs Rock updates on Facebook.
“If you accept the challenge of giving a deaf dog a forever home, you will need patience, imagination, perseverance, understanding, education, love and sometimes some unusual training tools. In return, you will be rewarded with a wonderful, and loving companion,” said Lee.
Deaf Dogs Rock features beautiful adoptable dogs from around the country with breeds ranging from American Bulldogs and Boxers to Australian Shepherds and Westie mixes. Deafness can be caused by a pigment-related symptom or by injury and old age. Adoption applications and phone numbers are listed in the description for each available pooch.
These dogs’ heightened sense of smell can alarm you to an intruder and find all scraps of food you dropped on the floor. And, just because they can’t hear you, doesn’t mean they don’t know what you’re saying.
“Deaf dogs hear with their hearts,” said Lee.
For more information visit: deafdogsrock.com
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