As we kick off Deaf Dog Awareness Week 2015,
let’s start at The Beginning.
Over the next week, from September 20-26, 2015, we will be celebrating deaf dogs by sharing some new articles as well as some of our most popular deaf dog blog posts along with some links to media appearances and other cool stuff.
To kick this off, I am super excited to share the very first article we ever wrote. This was a guest blog written for Deaf Dogs Rock. It was because of this post, the support of Christina Lee and the overwhelming response to this article that we began to think about starting a blog. A lot has evolved and changed over the last year and a half, but our mission remains the same: deaf dogs. To be able to trace everything we’ve said, done, shared, screwed up, and accomplished back to this one single post is exciting- at least for us.
Starting tomorrow, you will find a Deaf Dog Awareness Week 2015 page here on the blog, which will include all of this week’s posts and celebratory shares. If you are new to Dog & His Boy, a great place to start is Edison’s Top 10 List, which includes some of our favorite and most popular posts from the past year and a half. In the mean time, let’s start by…
Learning to Speak (Deaf) Dog
When we first met our deaf dog Edison, my husband and I were most definitely not looking for another dog, and a ten-week old, deaf Dogo Argentino/Pit Bull puppy was even further down on our “to-do” list. Way down. Somewhere between a root canal and inviting my mother to come for a visit.
We were quite sure (well, he was anyway) that our home was full and our family complete. At the time, we were sharing our lives with two large dogs, five cats and a small yet demanding lovebird. My husband also has a pig; my name is Bernard. I am prone to leaving things precisely where I finish using them. Underwear on the stove? Coffee mug doubling as an ashtray? Check and check. I only mention this to emphasize my greater point: ten critters from four different species living harmoniously under one roof takes work; doing so without violating municipal health codes when one partner lives like a frat boy requires time, and a lot of it. To add a puppy to the mix, but especially a deaf puppy, would take up even more time, and frankly we weren’t sure we had it to spare.