Our vet has recommended that all dogs under 6 months not to spay or neuter the pups because they are too young and their bodies are not fully developed. Adoption donation includes transport and all vaccinations, except for the Lyme—therefore, the dogs will not need to get any vaccinations for the first year.
ADOPTED ON 12-22-18: Helen was born deaf, sadly her sisters and brothers were sold to cattle farmers to help round up the cows and to guard the livestock from predators. Poor Helen she could not hear the commands so she was of no use to the cold hearted breeder. One day a woman came to purchase a female for her ranch to heard cattle and overheard the breeder mention that he was probably going to just shoot Helen—business was his priority and animals all had to be perfect. The kind hearted woman asked him if she could have her too if he was just going to do away with her. Helen was rescued.
From the beginning, the woman loved Helen and pampered her for the next several months, but, as hard as it was to admit and in order to do what was best for Helen, she realized that Helen needed a home of her own where she would get lots of undivided attention. She contacted a partner for RDVG and asked for help to get her into a good home or rescue.
Helen’s southern foster has owned several deaf and even blind dogs and she tells us that she is constantly amazed at how well they adapt and they do not let their disabilities bother them at all. Patricia, Helen’s foster mom, has a very soft heart for a deaf or blind dogs. She absolutely loves working with them and she discovered that it was easy to form a strong bond. The deaf dogs are usually very loving and loyal dogs. Special training is wonderful for them if the owner does not feel that they can do the training at home. It is a great way to support Helen’s world to be seamless and almost normal. It is also wonderful for the owner… however Patricia tells us that you will be amazed at how these “special needs” dogs actually train you!! They are remarkable!!
Deaf dogs are effortless to care for and they are usually very smart because they become stronger in their other senses. They learn sign language or “motions” very easily if you use them consistently. Most important, there is a special bond between the human owner and a deaf dog! It is so special that everyone should have at least one in their lifetime! Helen’s southern foster currently has a senior totally blind dog and Helen surprises her daily!
Patricia recommends walks at least three times a day, she needs walks often on either leash or free play time in a completely secure fenced in yard – no exceptions. She loves and enjoys the company of other dogs, does fine with kids and she is good in the crate. She still needs help with her house-training, however, any new dog always has to adjust to a new home and a different schedule. As most dogs, she hesitates for a second when someone approaches her. As you would expect that if a person can’t hear you walk up, the same thing for a dog to be caught off-guard.
Special needs must be considered: There are a few options that an adopter’s family can look into and they are not only be helpful but fun.
What special needs to consider: There are a few options that an adopter’s family can look into and they are not only be helpful but fun. For example:
- Helen would meet other dogs that can be potential play dates
- Sign language videos are online and are free, check them out HERE
VIBRATING / CLICKER COLLARS
You Dog Will Not Have A Handicap Any More
|Vibration collars allow you the option of communication without stimulation. Guide to Collars
|Dog owners and trainers use a variety of different tools to help teach and train including various collars #1. Best Collars #1. Video
|Myths – a few of the common myths that deaf dog owners are confronted with on a regular basis. Myths
|Training Videos All Subjects Videos
|Deaf Dog Training With A Pager Training
HERE ARE SOME OF PATRICIA’S SUGGESTIONS:
- A “COMPLETELY FENCED” yard is a must for consideration for adoption….this is for the dogs safety and security! At least one more mild natured dog in the home would be best for Helen because the other dog can “hear for her” and help her feel secure and comfortable;
- Helen is a very sweet girl and loves to chase a tennis ball…therefore the yard MUST be COMPLETELY fenced since she cannot hear you calling her back. She loves to play and hang with other dogs.
A loving family to spend quality time with Helen either throwing the tennis ball or going on nice long walks or hikes. She is super smart and wants to be a part of a family/pack just like all dogs do! Once you have ever owned a deaf dog… you too will have that special spot in your heart for them. They are wonderfully unique!
This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt
ALL interested adopters MUST complete an application; agree to a vet reference check, phone interview and home visit. ALL family members MUST be in attendance for home visits – no exceptions. This helps us get to know everyone in the family so that we can help find the right dog for you
Disclaimer: Please note that the breeds posted on our dogs’ biographies are our best guess based on years of working with rescue dogs. Adopters who need to know the exact breed or mix of breeds of a particular dog must have the dog’s DNA tested at their own expense.