eet Our own deaf
Dane  Ambassador


Update 9/8/03
We have had Maddy for over 6 months now and she has made astounding progress.
However she has also had some serious problems, including biting me several times.
We feel that she will never be well suited to placement. She is too high strung and too unpredictable.
So with a very heavy heart we made the decision to have Maddy put down today.
We gave her a great last weekend, and she got to cuddle in bed with me all morning today.
She died peacefully in my arms at around 11:30 AM.
We have grown to really love her, despite her flaws. And we will miss her a lot.
Rescue can be a wonderful thing, but there are difficult times too.
This is one of the most difficult, and is something we never want to have to do.
But sometimes it is for the best..

Be well Maddy! We love you.

  • Gender- Female
  • Age - 2 yr.
  • DOB - 
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 
  • Spayed/Neutered -not yet
  • Taken in on  - 03/02/03
  • Available as of - 01/01/04
  • Housebroken - yes
  • Obedience trained - working on it
  • Good with other dogs - some
    • with cats - unk
    • with kids - not very young
    • with the elderly - no
  • Temperament - good, is working on being a house dog.

  • Comments

Maddy has lived most of her life as an outside dog in a kennel. Her family did try to train her some and she does know a couple commands sort of. We have started her on crate training and she took to it very well. She has not had any potty accidents yet, and seems to understand the concept of keeping her "den" clean so housebreaking her shouldn't bee that big an issue. She is very sweet and loves attention, but like most outside dogs, she gets very worked up when anyone interacts with her. She wants to play, because that is what they used to do with her whenever they went out to spend time with her. She doesn't yet get the idea of quiet attention or of spending all day in the house.

Maddy is a big dog and could easily hurt a small child or elderly person by accident. And her frenetic behavior right now, only exacerbates that problem. However I believe she can be taught how to interact with people calmly and that will go a long way to making her a good family pet for those with kids or elderly family members. She is bilaterally deaf (deaf in both ears) and she has some significant vision deficits. She is not blind, but she does not see well. We are going to take her to the vet and find out as much as we can about her vision and her general physical condition. Maddy shows no signs of abuse or neglect but does have some typical kenneled dog callouses and whatnot. She has had a "bleeding tail" before and if this does come back it may be best to dock the tail as we did with Milo.

At first Maddy is very timid, mostly because she sees so poorly I think. She is good with other dogs but tends to be startled easily by them because she does not see them well. Once she is familiar with her surroundings and feels a bit more confidant, she wants to play with the other dogs. She might not be a good match for a smaller dog as she can be very rambunctious and with her size could easily hurt a smaller dog by accident.

Maddy seems to be a basically sweet, affectionate dog who wants to please her people. She just has never really learned how to do that, nor how to be a family member and live indoors with the rest of the family. She will learn all those things, and once she does, she will make someone a very special companion. We just got Maddy in, so we are still learning about her. We will post more about Maddy as time goes by, so check back here often. 

Update - Maddy has come a long way in the past 4 months. She came to us with a number of problems and needed a lot more help than we realized at first. Her vision is also a lot worse than we realized. Being kenneled her whole life had some pretty serious negative consequences for poor Maddy. But as we thought, under all her problems lives a very sweet affectionate girl. It has become clear that our job is to help that girl find her way. And so far she has been doing just that. It is slow and sometimes difficult, but she has proven her worth over and over again by constantly moving in the right direction. Maddy will never be a dog for just anybody. She will need a very special owner, but she will reward the right owner with all the love and devotion anyone could possibly ask for.

Maddy will need to be an only dog, or be placed with just the right canine companion. Not because she is aggressive or fights. We have had her in the most demanding circumstance and she has never gotten into a fight with another dog. But she needs more attention than she could get in a home with several dogs, and she would need a dog that will be sensitive to her limitations and needs. Maddy is a bit food aggressive (again she eats with other dogs and has never gotten into a fight) and does not liked to be touched our petted while eating . We have been working on this and she is a lot better now. We hope to get her over this, but that may not be possible. She currently eats in my lap and I pet her the whole meal, but she is not completely comfortable with this. She can also be a bit too assertive in her attempts to play with another dog and often overwhelms them or scares them. And she can be frightened sometimes when playing with other dogs because she sees so poorly.

Because of her history, she is not allowed to rough house or play with people, ever. All interactions with her are calm, slow, and easygoing. We stress hugs and lots of gentle contact, and she has responded beautifully. When we first got her you could not touch her without her breaking into roughhouse play, trying to grab your arm or hand and just generally going pretty crazy. Now she sits quietly for hugs and loves the idea of pets and quiet time loving up. We still have a ways to go with Maddy, and I doubt she will be ready for placement until early next year sometime, but she really is coming along wonderfully. She has learned the signs for sit, down, stay, come, no, and go away. Maddy wants to please so she tries really hard to be a good girl and do the right thing. However, between her poor vision and her tendency to be a bit high strung in stressful situations, she isn't always perfect on her commands. But she will do as asked, once she focuses and can see what the sign is.

click on images to see full sized version
"No Matter how little money and how few possessions you own,
having a dog makes you rich."
-- Louis Sabin

Website © Copyright DDRI, 2002-2011