I’m a deaf Australian Shepherd (Aussie) living the good life in Nebraska with my pack. This blog is about my life and adventures. I live on an acreage with my pack. Dad thinks he is the alpha dog, but we know that mom is really the pack leader. When she says she has a special needs dog, she is referring to Ina, a hearing Belgian Tervuren mix. I may be deaf, but I’m the normal dog.

I advocate for pet spay, neuter and adoption because there are so many dogs and cats that need homes. My mom can’t adopt every dog, but she can help spread the word. She’s thinking about fostering for a rescue. If a foster dog stays with us, there’s a spot at a shelter for another dog which saves that dog’s life.

If you like my blog, please share it with others and help me spread the word that deaf dogs can have happy lives.


18 responses to “About

  1. Teresa

    August 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I love your blog. I just stumbled across it a couple days ago. I found a beautiful shepherd mix on your site at a shelter not far from me in Arizona. When I called they said he was adopted yesterday, and then I seen on your blog he was adopted by a rescue. Can you please let me know what rescue. I feel better if he did go to rescue. The shelter said private adoption. I worry about him if it was a private adoption. Some people may not really have time for a deaf dog, just think he is cute. I have experience with a deaf dog and a lot of time and attention to give. Can you help. Thanks so much. Teresa

    • radcliffdeafdog

      September 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Teresa, sorry that I didn’t respond sooner, but I just noticed your comment on my blog. I’m not sure which dog you were asking about. I post what I read from rescue groups and shelters.

      There are so many dogs who need furever homes. If you are interested in fostering/adopting a deaf dog, check out Amazing Aussies in Arizona. I have never met them in person, but I’m a fan of their facebook page If we lived there, we would volunteer with them! Thanks for visiting my blog.

      • Chianna

        October 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

        If you wrote an article about life we’d all reach enligthemnent.

    • Kayla

      October 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      It will depend on the spfiiecc Petsmart as it will depend upon the person they have hired as a trainer. I know some Petsmarts who have a person that has some clue and then there are others who use any little person that has some pseudo-‘certification’ they have set up. I personally do not refer to their classes if there is any other reasonable alternative at all. I personally would drive a far distance rather than go to one of their classes but then I realize that obedience classes are a once a week thing and they should be directed at training YOU and not the dog since the training of the dog comes when you take the dog home and then out to other places during the rest of the week on at least a daily basis to train the dog. Check the classes out go and watch and ask about the trainer how many dogs they have trained to what titles and what variety of techniques have they personally used and trained others to use successfully.add: DO NOT just pick up a book’ particularly not Kohler’s and start jerking your dog around. Petsmart is likely not at all useful for serious training but it, again depending on the trainer they hired, better than doing some do it yourself training from some antiquated book using an antiquated and proven overall dileterious methodology. I never recommend, not silly enough to, someone to get a book or dvd or watch a show and train a dog.. you need someone watching you and giving feedback as to what you are doing.

      • radcliffdeafdog

        October 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

        Kayla, your comments reminded me that we should talk about how to find dog classes. Mom has taken furkids to classes ranging from PetSmart to private lessons. For some people, paying for and time traveling to class can be an obstacle. We believe that practice and praise is important for both the human and furkid. Check out my post Training a Dog Owner. Thanks for your helpful comments!

      • Destry

        November 9, 2012 at 7:38 am

        An intelligent point of view, well expesresd! Thanks!

  2. Sofia

    October 19, 2012 at 1:22 am

    obedience classes are uualsly five to six weeks in length , and cost between $ 125 dollars to $180. Look for a trainer that uses positive reinforce training methods in teaching dog training Private lesson may cost you as much as $50 per session , which last for one hour. Group less ions are uualsly one hour. The best time to start training a dog is when he/she is 6 months old. En roll your dog in puppy classes, and than in the beginning dog training class and than in the immediate and later on in the advance class . Each level takes 5 or 6 weeks to complete. Many dogs if they start early enough get to the immediate level when they are four months old. There are some basic dog training techniques like , food luring to get you dog to focus on you that you can do on your own. If you find a dog training class in your area , you can go there and ask the trainer if you can sit -in on one of his/her classes to see if it fits your needs This will give you a chance to evaluate the class , ask questions, and do not be shy about asking the trainer about his/her experience and references. Good luck

    • radcliffdeafdog

      October 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Sofia, thanks for sharing your advice! When mom was looking for dog classes, she would ask the vet and dog friends (check with local dog rescues). We agree, look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcement. Most dogs understand and work for treats.

      A trainer once told mom, it’s not about training the dog, it’s about training the person. He said people wouldn’t dream about leaving a baby unattended, so why is it okay to leave your puppy unattended? Mom signed up for his classes.

      • Andres

        November 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

        Thanks to Chris and Sit Means Sit Lizzy (a boxer/mastiff mix with dog social isesus) was able to greet our neighbor on a walk today without trying to eat her dogs. It was a great day and a wonderful step in the right direction. Many thanks to Chris, SMS, and members of the group class who are so supportive. Thanks so much. P.S. Lizzy loves to work with Chris.

    • Luciano

      November 9, 2012 at 8:23 am

      We’ve been working with Paul with Sit Means Sit since November with our 7 month old Cavalier King Charles named Reagan. We cotennuid to be amazed with Group class now with Chris as well. With every week is something new and challenging yet still very fun for Reagan. We met some great play date friends too! We had a dinner party on Friday night and our guests were shocked at how well behaved our 7 month pupppy is in comparison to their 4 year old dog. We are so thrilled we are doing the right thing having Paul and Sit Means Sit to help us have the ultimate joy in dog ownership and we are so proud of Reagan, she is doing so well and we hope to put her in agility this summer. Thanks SMS!

      • Elena

        February 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

        This is my Maltipoo . Her name is Sasha, she is now 1 year old this picture was tinakg when she was 3 months old.I really love designer puppies. They are always the best of the two breeds, in my case Maltese and French Poodle.

    • Ivan

      November 11, 2012 at 1:20 am

      Our Standard Poodle puppy (10 months old) has had 2 prtviae lessons with Chris and 2 group lessons. She is doing extremely well. I take her to the local pet store 3 to 4 times a week to socialize her to other dogs. She gets along fine with her house mate a 13 year old mini schnauzer and her cousins, 2 yr. old Cocker brothers, but is a little stand offish with new dogs. We would like to use Cozy as a therapy dog and take her to visit nursing homes, hospice facilities and possibly schools.With the Sit Means Sit method, Cozy has become a very special member of our household. Thank you, Chris

  3. Buford Waka

    December 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful info specially the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was looking for this particular information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

    • radcliffdeafdog

      January 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Buford, Thanks for visiting my blog and the bark-out!

  4. Elvis Toothman

    January 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

    • radcliffdeafdog

      April 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Elvis, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

  5. Tyson F. Gautreaux

    April 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I just want to say I am just new to weblog and actually loved your web-site. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely have beneficial well written articles. Cheers for sharing with us your blog.


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