eet Our own deaf
Dane  Ambassador


Adopted 3/22/09
2 years and one day after she came to us, our sweet Princess has a new home and a new doggy buddy.

Lilly joined our family yesterday. 

Keleigh had a fabulous blue-eyed dalmatian for 15 years who was born deaf and so, when the time came to find a buddy for Perdita, and Keith was unyielding that it should be a Female Dane, it shouldn’t have surprised either to happen across a Deaf Dane Rescue online.  Kandace and Marc at Deaf Dane Rescue are doing an amazing job with a lot of dogs with special needs.    The hard part for Keleigh was taking only ONE dog home (Keith was adamant about that :-] ).

Perdi was comfortable with Aspen right away but really enjoyed playing with Penny once they were properly acquainted.  Keleigh fell in love with Stevie.  And Aspen. And Penny.  And Caliber.  Keleigh would like to house a Dane rescue someday.  Keith was thoughtful.  He couldn’t decide;  he really liked Penny’s energy but was concerned it was too much for Perdi.  He was concerned about Aspen’s age; at 6 years old, she’s not a youngster for a giant breed dog. At the same time, he had a heart filled with compassion for her having spent 2 of those years in a rescue and he wanted to give her a forever home where she could be spoiled like the elegant lady she clearly is on the inside.  Aspen came home with us.

As it turns out, she chose Keith.  She’s been like a piece of velcro, stuck to his back side ever since leaving Oakridge and nearly inconsolable in his absence.  As Keith is wanton to do, he added to her name on the drive home.  She’s now Aspen Calla Lilly.  She’s strong and lean like an Aspen but elegant and feminine as a Calla Lilly.  There’s a nice thing about a deaf dog;  we can call her Lilly and she won’t really notice the change.

Today was a big day for our new charge.  She absolutely loved all the comings and goings of people in the office.  We have two cats spending their days with us temporarily and Lilly found Snuffy & Chloe QUITE interesting.  She kept her manners intact…for the most part.  Like most royalty, she has a stubborn streak and turns away if she doesn’t want to ‘listen’, and she’s not used to our house rules about greeting guests just yet, but heck, it’s only day one.  Don’t be intimidated by her size; she’s a very gentle lady!

Update 03/26/09:
The girls are settling in quickly.  Perdi is starting to follow Lilly’s lead in all subjects other than personal comfort.  Perdita remains the alpha queen on that topic :-).  Lilly loves greeting guests at the office and is ‘listening’ to staff and family much better now that she’s tested everyone out and found we’re all just as stubborn as she is.    We’ve also found that she’s not completely deaf; Keleigh has come down with a nasty head cold and whenever she gives a hard sneeze, Lilly runs to the front door and barks.  Perdita follows, of course.  Then they come back with quizzical looks on their faces as nobody was at the door.

Rescue a Dane.  You won’t regret it!

  • Gender - Female
  • Age/DOB - 12/6/02
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 120 lb.
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 3/21/07
  • Available as of - Now
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Some
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - Yes
    • with kids -  Yes
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament - Aspen is a great dog. She is well behaved, and very sweet. She  had a good life before her owners had to give her up, and it shows. She is affectionate and really wants to please, but she is also independent and can be headstrong. All in all she is a very nice dog.
  • Comments

Aspen was an owner surrender at a local Humane Society. Her owners were moving and could not take her with them. We got Aspen from the local Humane Society. They did not want to see her staying in a kennel, so they called us as soon as they got her, to see if we could take her. She is a big tall girl. She has cropped ears that once in a while will both stand up the way they should, but mostly she is a crop failure with her left ear at half mast. It is very endearing. She is a very sweet tempered girl, though she can be a bit headstrong now and then. She is housebroken and reasonably well trained. She currently lives with 8 other dogs including 6 Danes; two of whom are blind, two of whom are deaf and blind; and two deaf Pit Bulls. She gets along with all of them just fine. She does counter surf but given her height, this simply means she is surfing at eye level. She is quiet though she can get playful and wild now and then. She is generally deferential to other dogs and to people and always tries to please.

Aspen is a Princess with a capital P, she is an extremely sweet affectionate girl but she is definitely used to being the Princess in her old home. She can be a bit possessive of her stuff and demanding when she wants something, but like any well educated royalty, she does it with style so it isn't really offensive. She is really quite the lady most of the time, but every now and then the puppy creeps out and she does something silly like chase her tail. Of course when she stops, she looks at you with this "what's wrong with you, all great royal families chase their tails now and then' look. Aspen is sweet, charming, endearing, and a very striking looking tall dog. He crop failure takes a bit of the edge off her royal image but in some ways it only accents it. She's sort of the Princess Di of the house around here, and of course you can't help but love Di, so you can't help but love her.

She is a good dog, with no faults. She is a wonderful dog and someone will be lucky to get her. She will become a friend and companion for life.

We will post additional photos of Aspen as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Aspen or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-782-2242
Click here to fill out an application to adopt Aspen or any of the DDRI dogs.


click on images to see full sized version
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a man  -- 
Mark Twain

Website © Copyright DDRI, 2002-2011