Meet Our own deaf
Well Marsh's body finally betrayed him.
He was deaf and blind in one eye when we got him in 2004, but other
than that he was a happy healthy puppy, and big for his 7 months. In
2007 he lost the sight in his good eye, and has been deaf and blind ever
since. He also started having seizures in 2007. Our adoptions
coordinator (a 2-time adopter of ours at that time and now a 5-time
adopter) adopted Marsh in 2007 and he has lived with her, her husband,
and their other dogs ever since. He became her husband's dog for the
most part, though they were both very attached to him. Last week he
started showing symptoms of organ failure, eventually loosing his
appetite completely and developing kidney and other problems as well.
The decision was made to have him PTS when the vet came into town (the
vet is only here on Wednesdays). So today, with his head in Kandace's
and my hands, Marsh passed peacefully. He had 5 fantastic years with his
new family, and could not have asked for more. He was loved and
spoiled, and lived a life any dog would give anything to have. No dog.
let alone an unwanted "rescue" could have had it better. We miss him
terribly, but we count him as an outstanding success and wish we could
give all our rescue dogs such a great life.
Marsh joined two other DDRI adoptees in his new home. Marsh now lives with "The Sisters" Washu & Ryoko.
As you can see Marsh now leans more towards the couch potato than the thoroughbred,
though he does still have his wild moments, and he loves his Kongs and rope toys.
Gender - Male
- Age/DOB - 01/04/04
- Height at the shoulder -
- Weight - 120+
- Spayed/Neutered - Yes
- Taken in on - 08/08/04
- Available as of - Now
- Housebroken - Yes
- Obedience trained - Yes
- Good with other dogs - Mostly
- with cats - Yes
- with kids - Some
- with the elderly - Maybe
- Temperament - Friendly, affectionate, easy going
boy's name used to be named Powder, but we all decided this guy was a
big marshmallow. He is big, white, soft, and sweet, in other words your
typical marshmallow. And boy is he big. Right now he is only 6 months
old and he is bigger then any of the 1 year olds we have. The current
photo is from several months ago and does not show what he really looks
like. He came to us from WI. He spent a few weeks in CO on his way
here, with a temp foster home. Here's what they had to say about him:.
a very good boy in the car and just sleeps and plays with a toy. He
does need to be crated at night. He is very good about going potty on a
leash and outside if you get him there. He does have accidents in the
house if he is not taken out frequently. He is blind in his left eye so
to get his attention you must be in front of him or on his right side.
He also sleeps VERY hard. I have to touch him or shake him to get him
awake in the mornings. He loves to crawl into your lap with tons of
kisses. He is pretty sure everyone loves him as much as he loves them.
He is very good with other dogs but does not like to share his toys
very well. Nothing terrible just a little snarling. But after he does
that, he plops the toy in front of whoever he just snarled at and asks
them to play. I also have been putting skin-so-soft sun screen/bug off
on his ears. When he is outdoors the flies attack his ears. He knows to
sit for treats, also he knows that when I put my hand across the bridge
of his nose that he has gone too far and it means NO.
- Well Marsh's growth finally slowed down. He is still a good sized
Dane, but he is no longer the giant he was as a puppy. Seems the name
we picked was not as good as we thought it was going to be. He tends to
be a bit manic. Mellow is not his strongest suit. But he is a very
outgoing, happy dog, and he simply loves people. Once we get some of
his enthusiasm under control, we will be looking to place him. He also
has a hard time controlling his bladder still. He often doesn't realize
he needs to go until it is too late. He has accidents at the back door
waiting to be let out more often than he should. And he doesn't always
let us know he needs to go. But he is learning.
Update 8/11/05 - Marsh hit another growth spurt and
suddenly shot up another couple inches. So he needs to put back on some
weight now. He is has very poor eyesight in his left eye, so his field of
vision is not as wide as most dogs and he does not see on that side
well, but it does not slow him down a bit. He is still a bit protective
of toys and stuff, but only with other dogs. He has had free run of the
house for some time now and is doing just fine. He is a very loving
affectionate boy who will drape all over you.
Update 9/1/06 -
Marsh has pretty much gone completely blind this year. He can see some
out of his right eye, and not at all out of his left. He has had a
difficult time adjusting to his loss of vision. He is still the same
dog basically, but he tends to startle now and he is not particularly
comfortable around other dogs. We are working on this though, and we
hope with some time to get used to being blind, he will learn to adapt.
Unlike the other blind Danes we have worked with, he has not yet
figured out to use his nose to scent things out. We have him on a
program now to help him learn to use his nose more. He is a doll, still
not all that mellow (bit getting a little better all the time), still
can have the occasional pee accident, and still a happy dog underneath
it all. For the right home, he will be a valued and loved pet who will
give lots of love and comic relief.
Update 9/26/07 - Marsh has adapted well to his blindness. He does
still have some level of vision out of his right eye, which helps him
and us a lot. He can not see much out of it, but sees enough to know
when we flash the lights or to see if a door is open or closed
(mostly). This makes life a lot easier for all of us. He is still the
same exuberant happy dog he has always been, and is still a bit of a
wild man at times. We have been working with him on being calm when he
is getting attention. He is so excited about getting attention that he
tends to go a bit crazy, so we have been working with him. He is
working on laying quietly in the bed with us, and is much better about
that now. He loves any time he gets to spend with people, even if it is
just laying on my wife's feet. He is especially fond of my wife and
searches for her when he has run of the house. Marsh has a lot of
special needs and will require a very special family, but he is such a
wonderful dog. He will make some lucky (and dedicated) family very,
Oh, and Kandace wanted me to make sure and tell everyone that Marsh is housebroken now and does not go in the house anymore.
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"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe.
We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps.
It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." - Roger Caras