Meet Our own deaf
Hi! My name is Donna and I live in Toledo, Ohio. I'm here to introduce you to my Great Dane, Trouble.
Trouble is a 2 year old male Dane,born with bilateral deafness. Trouble was tested at Ohio state Vet. Clinic (see, he's already been to college). He stands about 4 ft at the head and weighs about 125lbs. He has beautiful blue eyes and is all white (most of the time). Trouble was brought into our family when he was about 8 weeks old. At that time we had 3 other Danes, all female. Since then, two of the three have died, so that leaves Trouble and my 8 year old Harlequin, Rosie.
Trouble and Rosie are best friends. Rosie is Trouble's ears. He watches her every move and when she barks or just moves ,he checks out the problem. Rosie is a couch potato, so she lets Trouble do all the work. Trouble has always been a very independent dog. When he was younger he wasn't much of a cuddle puppy, he would rather do his own thing and just wanted to be left alone. All my other Danes, I brought home on my lap or in my jacket. Not Trouble, we had to stop on the way home and get him a box before he would settle down.
But naturally, since he's older and much larger now, he has become my lap dog (I'm only 5ft tall and weigh about the same as him). Trouble is an extremely playful dog and lives up to his name (in a good way). He's like a 2 or 3 year little boy, but with 4 legs and a tail.
As for Trouble's training, at about 8 months old we took him to a local place called "Pups and People" for basic obedience. They told us that they had experience with deaf dogs (NOT). But Trouble showed them, on his last day of class he was the only dog in class who came when called (He was also the only deaf dog). Since then I have made up my own hand signals. Sit, Stay, Come, Ball and NO. Believe me he doesn't need to hear to know what that one means.
That's about all I can tell you about Trouble for now. Except for the fact that he's a great watch dog, my personal body guard, and has become my best friend since my husband passed away in September.
For all those people who think deaf dogs are a waste of space. I have only one thing to say to them, you haven't met my Trouble. I depend on him as much as he depends on me. Believe me he's the best kind of Trouble to have in your life.
A dog is not "almost human" and I can think of no greater insult to the canine race
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