In our home, Piper has been affectionately named “baby polar bear”. She is all white except for a few tan spots on her face, and she is 85lbs of “big baby”!
Unfortunately, Piper was the result of irresponsible pet ownership and backyard breeding, and she was born in a litter where all 6 of the puppies were either blind, deaf, or both. Piper is completely deaf, but she DOES have her vision. As a somewhat “bleeding heart” for animals, I could not say no when we were asked if we would take her in. We did not know that she was deaf until she had been with us for about a week.
She is incredibly sweet to people and loves to snuggle and be hugged on. She is 3 years old and has been raised in a home with small children for her entire life and she is extremely patient and tolerant of my boys climbing and hanging on her. She knows a few basic hand signals but has never been through a formal training program. We live on a completely fenced property so she has NEVER been walked on a leash and truly does not know how, but I’m confident she could be trained by the right person.
Piper is an amazing dog. We have given her lots of love and attention and the decision to list her for adoption is not something we are taking lightly. We love her and only want the best life for her. If you’ve read this far, I’m sure you’re wondering why we would ever want to give up such a sweetheart…. Sadly, Piper’s love and patience for people and children does not translate to other animals. Over the three years we’ve had her, we have had repeated issues with aggression towards our other dogs. These incidents are infrequent, but also unpredictable (sometimes it seems as though one of the other dogs glances at her wrong and she goes on the attack.) She is also very curious and hyper around cats despite being around one for years.
Do we think this makes Piper a bad choice for your family? Absolutely not! But we absolutely INSIST that she be placed in a home with NO OTHER PETS. This is for her safety as well as the safety of other animals. I’d like to take it a step further and suggest that she be in a home without children as well, but that is not as much of a deal breaker as other pets are.
Piper is up to date on all shots and she has been spayed and received routine veterinary care. She is also micro-chipped.