Balto came to us from a horrible situation where he had been used as a stud dog with his sister even though both him and her were not only related but also double merle. We took in both him and his daughter. The first photo I saw of Balto I was immediately in love. When I went to pick him up for the last leg of the transport I was told he was considered a little ferrel and some of the people helping with transport we're scared to let him out of his crate. He was obviously very scared when first arriving at the rescue but we almost immediately bonded. I tried to deny that this dog was mine for the first few weeks. Placed him as available for adoption, wrote a bio, etc. But then he started going to dog trainer college with me and we began to grow stronger as a team. One day we were sitting at home and he was just staring at me. Even though I know he can't hear me I just asked him "are you my dog?" And he looked back at me like "is that even a question?" And the deal was sealed. With his bi-eyes and his dreamy nature we decided to name him "Bowie". "The greatest thing
You'll ever learn
Is just to love
And be loved
In return"⚡ xoxo, Alyx (Founder of Pink Heart Rescue)
SO Georgie has a lot of energy. Most moments it’s like he wants to rest and can’t. He’s in doggy daycare everyday and plays outside when he’s home with other dogs and fetching constantly. I decided to try CBD. Yesterday was our first test and I MAY have overdosed him. 😂🤣😂 Thank goodness it’s all natural. Today I think we’ve found the proper dose and it’s seriously like he’s a different dog, but still has his wonderful personality. ♥️ #doublemerle#doublemerleawareness#deafdog#fosterfail#georgieporgie#rescuedog#cbdfordogs#cbdforpets#cbd
So I realized that Keller's condition and story has never been really shared here, so I think it's about time I do.
I, Keller's mom Calista, got Keller when he was about 7 weeks old. His current owner had not been keeping him in a contained area and he was left outside with the other puppies in his litter. He kept getting lost and I came to realize that he was not only just blind but deaf as well. Keller's mother actually did not show much interest in him.
When I went to check on him one morning, the woman who owned him at the time said she believed he was dying. I took him to my house, he was lethargic, weak and shakey, he couldn't even stand. Turns out he was dehydrated from being out in the sun, unable to find adequate shelter or find water because his environment was so large he was unable to map out the area in his head. That was the day he moved home permenatly. ❤
As for why he was born this way? Simple. Bad breeding. His parents, actually are siblings. But in dog cases, first generation of inbreeding doesn't normally result in abnormalities. Inbreeding isn't why he's like this though. Both of his parents had a merle coat and breeding two merle dogs is dangerous, each puppy of the litter has a 25% chance of being born blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. 🙈🙉 Keller has a double merle gene which caused him to be mostly white and blind and deaf. He's completely deaf but not completely blind. He can see bright lights and he reacts to shadows moving over him, though he can't see any shapes, only light and dark.
Although caring for a blind and deaf dog is a challenge, it's just as rewarding 😊 Different doesn't mean disposable, I hope more people take on the challenge of caring for and loving a disabled pet. The love they return to you is unlike any other ❤ .
It’s our Debut on instagram! I’m Cow (pup in front) and Bear is the one in the back. We were named by our 2.5 y/o human, Ivy-Jean. I’m partially deaf so my brother helps guide me and makes sure I get around okay. We are Catahoula Australian Shepherd mixes and currently only 8 weeks old. We will do our best to show everyone our journey. Hope you love us!
Petit Onyx est sa copine de FA vous souhaite une douce nuit ! 💖 🐕 Onyx - Berger australien - Double merle ♿ Sourd et malvoyant
She’s getting soooo big! Opal is officially being adopted this week. We are so excited to make her a part of this family. She is growing so much and learning. She can go down our stairs now, learning to sit on command, she’s better on the leash, and a great adventure buddy. Its taken a lot of patience and it’s still going to be sooo much work but she’s worth every minute of it. She’s so happy and loves life, and she in return reminds me to love life. Every minute of it. Opal doesn’t let being blind and deaf stop her from being her goofy fun happy self!!! #opal#whitedogs#doublemerle#austrailianshepherd#blindanddeaf#blindanddeafdog#positivevibes#dogsofig#doggo
❣️ Yesterday marked 7 months that our Wildling, River Falkor, has been with us and the longest he has ever been in one home.
He hopped around 6 times before finding us, we saw his different ads and rescue postings pop up 3 times before finally being able to get him.
What a long, tough and rewarding road it has been for us!
Though it’s evident that there is still some residual trauma, our crazy boy has come so far. No more resource guarding, minimal herding of children, bodywork (touch) has greatly improved and checking in while out and about is starting to become second nature.
While we still have hurdles to get through, this wild beastie has a humor and outpouring of love to give that makes the work worth it.
Just look at that face!
We’re in this together, forever bud- make your big brother in heaven proud❤️