Thank you Duncan Lou Who, you rock so hard I can't even stand it! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaM-xXgl4Bs&w=560&h=315] I've been following Duncan's story for a while now, and when I recently saw this video, I knew that I had to share it on Dog & His Boy. Special needs dogs are . . .
Edison, like most deaf dogs, is very bonded to his person. In Edison's case, it is me whom he watches, shadows, follows and looks to when he needs a scratch behind the ear, a foot to sit on or a warm lap to rest his head. He is happiest when he can lean against me and help tie my shoe. He doesn't . . .
Sumi is the most ridiculicious dog ever! She survived distemper as a puppy, has a tooth, maybe two, and LOVES people more than anything. She has a persistent mandibular twitch, likely another consequence of distemper. She knows a few basic obedience commands and eats like a champ. She is happy and . . .
As he is deep into his deaf dog training, Foster goes to work with me most days. I have my own office- a very rare phenomenon at my particular shelter- so this works out very well. When I'm at my desk, I put up the baby gate, reinforce the hand signs we are working on and generally enjoy his company . . .
Having large bully-breed dogs- one American Pit Bull Terrier, one pittie mix and two Dogo mixes- we spend a lot of effort finding appropriate toys. We also spend a lot of money purchasing toys in duplicate to ensure that we can quickly replace the ones that have been decimated. Even ones labeled as . . .
Edison and Foster are developing this kind of relationship. Darwin and Galileo, who were our first two, have always had this interaction, so it's nice to see the deafies sticking together- when they're not stuck to my side. . . .
Yesterday at work, Foster turned his bed into a toy box then promptly fell asleep in it. Oh, to have a puppy brain! . . .
One of my roles at work is managing the Enrichment Program. If you aren't familiar with such programs, the goal is to stimulate the mind, body, nose, ears and eyes of the dogs and cats in our care. In short, I get to play with puppies and kittens and dogs and cats for at least part of the day every . . .
Yesterday was a big day for Foster, and apparently he's still recovering. When I let him out of his crate this morning, he stumbled outside, went pee, and then threw himself on the couch. He's now sleeping the sleep of a dog with a pack of his very own. . . .
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 . . .