Meet Our own deaf
It is extremely unusual for us to place a puppy. Piper was one of those very rare instances where we had a convergence of an exceptional pup and an exceptional applicant that just belonged together. So, we elected to make a very rare exception to our rule and place Piper despite the fact that she was only 6 months old. The applicants had plenty of Dane and deaf Dane experience and had raised and trained a deaf Dane pup before. They had more than a dozen years Dane experience, their neighbors had a deaf Dane that came to visit regularly, all their previous Danes had been rescues, they had just lost their first deaf Dane a few months back, and after giving themselves some time, were now looking for another deaf Dane pup to raise. We checked their references, talked to them, and decided that Piper was meant for them. They were even willing to pay to have piper flown cross country to them. As is the case with most of our adopters, they have kept in touch with us and sent us regular updates. Here are some of the pics they have sent us over the last 6 months.
Mark, I am attaching some pictures to share. She is such a joy and truly a 'thief of hearts'. I haven't the words to express what an absolute joy she is to have in our family.
Thank you for what you do.
Lilybet, Piper's new name, which is Welsh for 'God's Promise' is doing great. She has a strong, assertive but loving personality. She is 'the boss' but a baby at the same time. Orla has taken to her very well and they have a great relationship. Orla looks out for her and Lilybet watches and learns from Orla. Lilybet is the answer to the world energy crisis. She never runs low on energy and Orla gets the brunt of it.
She is a blessing to our family. She has learned many of the rules here with only one or two corrections. Barbara starts obedience training in October with Lilybet. She travels well and I have been taking her to as many places as possible. She stayed overnight at the in-laws and did very well on that trip. She went to the feed mill (an old fashioned locally owned farm supply) with Orla and I this past Saturday. She was treated with lots of rubbing and milk bones and I let her pick out a hoof to bring home. She was fascinated by the chickens that were on the property and in the parking area.
We visit Home Depot, the pet store and a 10 acre open field at a friends house where she can experience chasing the moths and butterflies which gives Orla a few minutes rest.
Roger and Barbara
Lilybet celebrated her birthday on January 8th and I thought it would be a good time to update you and send a few pictures of a very loving, confident, rambunctious, squirrel-loving, tom-boy of an angel. She is truly something special.
I hope things are going well for you, your wife and the rescue. Barbara and I educate people everyday about your rescue operation and promote rescue adoption. Lilybet is a shining example of a wonderful pet that can be adopted and enrich a family.
I am attaching a few pictures to share with her Oregon family.
Thank you very much for all you do,
Roger and Barbara
I hope you are doing well and all is well with the wonderful Dane rescue work you do.
I can't believe another year has passed so quickly. But time flies when you have someone as wonderful as Lilybet (Piper) around every day. She is just a sweet little angel and such a compliment to our family. Lilybet celebrated her second birthday on 8 January. We had a cake and candles and she and Orla dressed up for the special occasion.
Lilybet has had a wonderful year. She is about 105 pounds of pure sweetness. She is lean but she is on the go so much she has difficulty holding her weight. I am a little jealous of her energy. She is petite by dane standards but make no mistake, she is no pushover. She has the most kinesthetic and giving personality and at the same time she is just a little devilish.
She and Orla has spent a lot of time on walks with Dad and the drought this year has allowed us some very interesting hikes. The lake has nearly dried-up and our walks take us out on the dry lake bed where they get some great smells, like dried fish and of course something that stinky requires them to give it an exploratory taste. Life couldn't be better than trying to roll in some rotten fish. Then she has to chase the Canada geese and the cranes and when they fly away she talks (moans and cries) to them until they are out of sight. Of course, she has her daily squirrel patrolling when at home and loves to tackle and wrestle with Orla.
Lilybet wants to send a special thank you for all the work you do and for giving her a second chance.
Roger and Barbara
"I used to look at [my dog] Smokey and think, 'If you were a little smarter
you could tell me what you were thinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying,
'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'" - Fred Jungclaus
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