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Date Posted: 22:38:58 08/04/03 Mon
Author: Pixie
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Subject: Deaf puppy surprise:)

I thought I'd introduce myself. I have two dogs, a 3 yr old German Shepherd mix, Lulu, & a 5 month old deaf Amercian Bulldog mix, Kaia, a cat and two horses. I adopted Kaia when she was 7 weeks old and one of 10 puppies from a no kill shelter. I wasn't looking for another dog (as I was moving in two weeks) let alone a 7 week old puppy but she grabbed my heart strings and refused to let go. Needless to say I left the pet store adoption day with a new baby to add to my family and looking forward to getting to know my new puppy. Within a few hours I realized that she was not reacting to me unless she was looking at me and saw my facial expressions. It became very apparent after I noticed this that she was completely deaf. My idea of my perfect puppy had to go through some serious rethinking and weather some serious opposition from my family and friends who thought I was crazy for keeping her. I just calmly explained that the right dog finds the right home for a reason (what my friend call "Puppy Providence"). I explained over and over that I was confident that I was capable of raising her to be a well adjusted dog where as if I brought her back her next family may not. Kaia is now an extremely happy well adjusted puppy who loves everyone and everything (and has won over all her original doubters:). She is absolutely the happiest puppy who is learning to down on command, sits on command, drops toys on command, goes potty on command (we finally mastered potty training about a month ago:), and knows good dog & NO! from accross the room (and is better behaved than my parents 7 yr old bassett). I cannot imagine life without her although all my friends and family's dogs wonder what I'm doing as I start signing to them....:)

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