Update: 9-11-2012: Puppy has been ADOPTED.
I received this email forwarded to me by Renee Draper and she said the Vet thought the dog in the photo below is a Great Dane-Aussie Mix because this puppy has a bobbed tail. His name is Brodie and he is only 15 weeks old. I guess I would have to see how big his paws are in person to see if he has Dane in him but as most of you know we list a lot of deaf Catahoula dogs here on Deaf Dogs Rock and just from looking at Brodie’s photos he could also be a Catahoula (unless he does have really big feet and in that case he probably does have Dane in him). With that being said, he might be a Dane-Aussie mix or he might be a Catahoula Leopard dog. One thing is for sure, whatever Brodie is as far as his breed goes, he sure is adorable.
Here is his info that I received from Renee Draper and Nicole Cook: “We received what my vet believes to be a Great Dane/Australian Shepherd mix puppy female that is 15 weeks old. She has ice blue eyes and is a very smart young lady. We have taught her how to sit and lay down with a treat and she is already spoiled. She had to have come from somewhere, she sleeps in the bed and is house trained because she is staying at my house currently with my 5 dogs. Can one of your organizations help me place her into the proper group she needs to be in. As a shelter we are unable to preform home checks, or go extra extra steps that’s I would like sometimes on special case dogs.”
The shelter staff and I would like her placed in a family that will understand and care for her needs and stubbornness. (She doesn’t like to be left alone.) Thank you for your time.
Contact Renee Draper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Cooke at email@example.com
Note from Christina with Deaf Dogs Rock: Deaf Dogs hate to be left alone and that is why Crate Training is so critical. Nitro gets fed all his meals and all his treats in his crate and he also has to take all his naps and sleep in his crate at night. He had major separation anxiety until I made it my priority to do everything in my power to crate train him and make his crate his favorite place in the world. You never ever punish a dog or put them in a time out in their crate. A crate is for positive reinforcement. Now Nitro will disappear and when I look for him he is way back in my bedroom in his big crate sound asleep. He also has a med. sized crate in the living room where he gets all his meals and treats. When a deaf dog can’t hear or see his owner it is like you have totally vanished to your deaf dog. Never punish a deaf dog ever, always, always redirect with a toy or put them in the fenced back yard. Because Brodie is deaf he will need a fenced back yard to keep him safe. Aussie or Catahoula dogs are considered “working dogs” and they do not do well in an apartment environment. Brodie needs someone who will take the time to socialize and train him so he can be the best dog he can be. It is very important to go that extra step with a deaf dog and build a solid foundation so when life throws someone a curve ball and then need to rehome a deaf dog there will be no social issues what so ever. Owning a deaf dog is not for the faint of heart. It is for someone who will step up and be the deaf dogs advocate at all times.