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I think we should get a normal dog


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.

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

 

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If you don’t get him, they’ll put him down.


Peg and Sandy

I didn’t know that mom already had her hands full with dad, he’s the toughest to train.  Peg was a fourteen year-old shepherd mix and Sandy was a thirteen year-old collie mix. They were getting older and life was comfortable.

Mom’s note:  I waited a few days to see if anyone would adopt Radcliff.  After all, he was a puppy, and people love puppies.

In the meantime, I called two good friends who had border collies to ask their opinions.  Both said I needed to adopt him.  One said that her dog would do what she wanted with few verbal commands because “she’s used to my body language.”   The other said “if you don’t get him, they’ll put him down.”

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Adopt, Deaf dogs

 

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