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I’m a lucky dog


I get to leave the shelter.  The lady who I will soon call my mom, puts me in a little crate and takes me to a place where they put a collar on me. I want to run around and play with the dogs and cat.

My new home has a german shepherd mix named Peg and a collie mix named Sandy. They are pretty old and they are not sure what to think about me. I’m not messing with Peg, she won’t tolerate it. I like playing with Sandy, even though she just wants to relax.

There’s a huge yard for me to run around and lots of sticks.  There were fireworks and a lot of people rubbing my stomach and cuddling with me.  I’m a lucky dog.

Mom’s note:  Radcliff was 3 months old and a 15 pound energetic ball of fur. A friend who had a 20 pound cat, let me borrow a crate to pick him up. He didn’t like the crate.

The first thing I did was take him to the store to get a collar and sign him up for obedience classes. I didn’t know if I could get him back in the crate. I’m pretty sure that the person at the store thought I was crazy.  I was concerned about training him because of the shelter staff comments about how long it would take to train him because he was deaf. Puppies are cute, but they are also a lot of work.

Peg was 14 years old and Sandy was 13 years old.  I think they were in shock.  This hyper little dog was creating a ruckus.  It was the weekend of July 4th that I brought him home.  We had a party so our friends could meet the newest addition to our family.  They loved him and couldn’t believe that he was deaf.

The holiday that scares most dogs, did not bother Radcliff. He was loving all the attention.  I have read that one out of two dogs are euthanized at the shelter.  He was a lucky dog.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Deaf dogs, Uncategorized

 

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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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