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Date Posted: 10:56:46 04/17/04 Sat
Author: Kathi
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Subject: Rescued pup

Argh... I lost my whole post!

Well - will type it again more briefly. We rescued a pup yesterday who was roaming a gas station parking lot, dodging cars and looking desperately hungry. The owners of said gas station begged us to take him home, they were getting ready to call the pound because no owner for the dog had turned up. Ken named him "Roscoe".

Note - we've never rescued a dog before. We've also never trained a dog. Our JRT came pre-trained.

He wouldn't come when we called his name - no big deal. He doesn't know it yet! But he wouldn't come when we called the dogs for food. He wouldn't come for "Here boy" or whistles or snaps. Never acknowledges our presence unless he is looking at us, or we stomp a foot. The clincher was this morning when Kayti went out the back door, and he stood there crying for her... she came noisily in the front door several minutes later and he never noticed until she went and touched him.

Sound like he's deaf? :(

It's probably why he was roaming a parking lot. Grrrrrrr.

he's the most loveable little mongrel... cute, too. Pictures are at http://web.northstate.net/~kathisharpe/roscoe.JPG

I've spent the morning reading at deafdogs.org, and other sites. Feeling a little relieved but a little overwhelmed. Of course we want to keep him, and train him... he's a GOOD doggie and he wants to be obedient. He seems to have been an indoor pup at one point, he doesn't wee on the floor, he heads for the door and we let him out. He'd never seen a cat before, though - OH MY! Neither had he been on a chain. That was quite an adventure. Wish I'd had a camera to record that big snake attacking him!

I guess I need to know where to begin... not ever having a RESCUE DEAF dog to TRAIN - heh... overwhelmed with 1001 questions.

Obviously the first step is to call the vet first thing Monday morning and throw ourselves on his mercy and hope he likes deaf dogs (no idea what his philosophy will be, he's new to us when we moved). If not, we'll need to find a new vet because I'm not tolerable to fools.

He'll need the assorted shots and tests. We'll also get him neutered ASAP (since we don't know for sure how old he is, we will do this sooner or later, depending).

What else do we need to know? What do we need to ask the vet?

Where do we START in training - guess it'll be in getting him just to pay attention when we want him to, right?

What else do I need to know? Are we in for any surprises?

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