My husband and I made it official today. At 10:08 AM, we signed the adoption papers, and with the final flourish of that pen, Animal ID #A22189665 became Foster Ellsworth Gallaudet. You can call him Foster. Foster was initially our foster puppy, a cog in the shelter system where his deafness would . . .
I've been waiting for this particular week for a while now... I proudly and enthusiastically purchased several copies of Woman's World Magazine this week. No, I didn't suddenly find myself interested in purchasing a pair of mail-order stretchy mom jeans, nor was I compelled to find the perfect . . .
The Little Deaf One was neutered this morning. He also received his second set of vaccines, his rabies vaccine and junior tag and his microchip. This is a photo of him in recovery. Being a veterinary technician and an overprotective foster parent, I insisted on recovering him. Once he was . . .
We’re close to settling on a name for the Little Deaf One. It’s been challenging to find one that fits him, honors his deafness and fits in with our other dog’s names. Though we haven’t decided yet if we are going to adopt him, the discussions are going smoothly and, if we do, we’d like the name to . . .
The yellow streaking is urine. He chose the wrong time to walk under the other deaf dog. If I hadn't had my hands full with four leashes, I could have gotten my phone out in time to capture it running all over his back and down his legs. Needless to say, he got his first bath today. . . .
My husband and I are in negotiations about the Little Deaf One. Until yesterday, these discussions were entirely non-verbal. Between sips of Sunday coffee, legs stretched in the quiet morning sun, he found the courage to verbalize the question we had been silently asking each other for a week, “I . . .
Booyah! I managed to get four dogs- two hearing, two deaf, three adult and one puppy- to sit on command for precisely long enough to get this shot. I'm not sure what we're going to do with this foster puppy, but we're sure enjoying his company. Deaf Dogs Rock ...and sometimes, so do I. . . .
I took the Little Deaf One- he remains unnamed to protect myself- to work with me today. With deaf dogs, but especially deaf puppies, constant reinforcement is important when teaching hand signs. By having him at work with me, I can tether train which gives me lots of opportunities to practice watch . . .
Life got a little more busy for my husband and me a few days ago. We took in an unannounced deaf foster puppy whose jowls beg to be squeezed. The pipsqueak is young, with the fine needle teeth of a three and a half month old puppy. He stays attached to Edison's hip, my white shadow's white shadow, . . .
My husband and I raised our white flag today. Defeated, and with his first set of vaccines scheduled for next week, we knew it was time to name the Baby Dog. Vaccine labels belong in a medical chart, medical records are legal documents and, as far as the law is concerned, a name is kind of . . .