I think we should get a normal dog

08 Feb

A few days passed.

That lady is back, she’s standing in front of my kennel. Someone came and got me. We went into a room where the lady, a guy and an older collie were waiting. The collie was freaked out. I ran over to say hi to them. The guy patted me on the head, but he didn’t seem like he wanted to play. The lady played with me for a few minutes, but we didn’t spend very much time there. The guy left with the collie and I was taken back to my kennel.

Note from mom: We were preparing to do the paperwork with the person at the desk. When I asked if anyone else had asked to see him, she said a woman who was a dog trainer looked at Radcliff but decided not to adopt him because her dog did not get along with him. She also told us that it would take a year to potty-train Radcliff because he was deaf, someone should be with him full-time. My husband looked at me and said “you work full-time.”

We walked back through the kennels and looked at all the other dogs. The shelter was still full. There was another dog that was a chow mix that looked like Peg. We stood there in silence. Then we left without Radcliff.

It was quiet during the drive home. My husband said “I think we should wait and get a normal dog.” All I could think was that no one would adopt him. He would be euthanized because they couldn’t find anyone who would take a dog that requires that much work. He was three months old, he was only a puppy. I went into another room to cry.

The next morning, I was talking to my husband about Radcliff and I realized that he was not listening to me. At that moment, I knew it would be easier to train Radcliff.


Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Adopt, Deaf dogs


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4 responses to “I think we should get a normal dog

  1. roughseasinthemed

    April 3, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Brilliant last line.

    When we first got Prince (GSD), we went to the kennel, took him out for a walk and went home, My Partner felt pressurised. But then, when we got back home, all we could do was talk about him and panic that someone else would snap him up because he was so lovely. They hadn’t of course, so we went straight back to collect him.

    • radcliffdeafdog

      April 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      The line is true. Radcliff is my special needs dog for my special needs husband.

      My biggest fear was not that someone else would adopt Radcliff. I was afraid that he would be killed because they didn’t have space. Shelters will put down dogs that are unlikely to be adopted, deaf dogs are considered handicapped or flawed. The reality is that he is more “normal” than my hearing dog. She’s a special-needs diva 🙂

      • Vateu

        February 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        Hey Dean im from st louis met you here when you ran the lewis & clark marathon . I read your book and loved it, anyawy i have ran 2 marathons for team n training a few years ago then quit running . I started back a year ago and lost 40 lbs and going to lose more .your book has got me thru some tuff miles . I love your karnos kids i have 3 girls of my own 7,9 & 3 months and hope to get them all running you have got me so pumped up about running . stay strong and let me know when you get to st louis if you can. I am following you every day your blogs anyawy .my wife is getting tired of me talking about you and running lol. anyawy i want to run with you when you get here and going to pledge 10.00 a mile to karnos kids hope to do 20 at least. what pace are you running on this jouney? well hope to see you in st louis .run hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chuck

    • Elena

      February 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

      We just got back from watching the last Harry Potter movie. I will admit that if you hadn\’t seen the first part it would have been diiufcflt to follow. Still, I can\’t imagine anyone would have been to it and never been to see a Harry Potter movie before. What I shall miss more than anything is the Harry Potter world yes still alive through fan fiction but not quite the same thing. And what is keeping the world of gaming from a Harry Potter mmo? Is one in the works? Are the rumors true?


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