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Monday, April 25, 2011

Deaf Dogs Need A Voice - Guest Post

Lottie & Dora
Hi friends and deaf dog owners. My website and blog were created to give deaf dogs a voice. Yes, I know deaf dogs can bark, but these dogs need more of us to speak up on their behalf. Thousands of deaf dogs are euthanized each year for one reason only...they can't hear. If we were to use this same logic with regards to people with disabilities, we would all be up in arms. Just as archaic are the breeding guidelines practiced by some breeders in the Dalmatian Club of America or the American Russell Terrier Club which call for the “elimination” or “humane euthanasia” of deaf puppies. While these acts are horrific, Deaf Dogs Need a Voice will accentuate the positive and emphasize the accomplishments of deaf dogs everywhere.

Each week a new deaf dog and its owner are featured with inspiring stories, photographs, and videos. Most of these dogs were dumped or abandoned in shelters due to a bilateral hearing loss and a great deal of misunderstanding. In reality, deaf dogs make wonderful pets with love and commitment. The only difference it the mode of communication. Deaf dog owners use a combination of basic hand signs and American Sign Language.

My goals are to educate the public about the joys of owning a deaf dog, to celebrate deaf dog accomplishments in competition, highlight rescues and rescue organizations, and put an end to discrimination by the American Kennel Club and the Dalmatian Club of America.

Here is a post featuring a deaf dog named Quincy.

Another post features Cody, one of top mini Aussies in the country.

One of the most important aspects of my website it I have an ongoing poll "Should the AKC allow deaf dogs in companion events?" Currently AKC is the last remaining group which will not allow deaf dogs in companion events such as Rally, Obedience, Agility, Tracking and the list goes on. Our wonderful deaf dogs have found other venues such as NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) or the UKC (United Kennel Club) in which to participate. I would love to have members of this group answer my poll question.

We want to give a big thanks to Lila Arnold for bringing this subject to our attention and writing such a great Guest Post!


Katnip Lounge said...

One of the smartest and funniest Cats I ever lived with was my deaf boy Chuckles. He was a hoot--he had two volumes, "mew" and "MEOW"! We still miss him.

Kim said...

Bravo! You're doing wonderful work!

Bailey said...

One of our neighbors has a deaf dog. While it requires some precautions there is no excuse for mandatory killing. I have been amazed over the years at the challenges people do take on with their pets. Deafness is hardly the most challenging.

bbes tribe said...

Thank you for this. Being deaf should NOT be a reason to euthanize. Quincy and Cody are 2 great examples.

Reilly / Bree said...

This was a wonderful post and enjoyed reading Cathy's comments. It really isn't fair how they can discriminate against a deaf dog but they do. They also discriminate against odd colors too. Reilly can be recognized and registered as a pedigree dog but isn't allowed to be shown because he is white - go figure.

Finn said...

I really enjoyed reading this; great post!

The Cat From Hell said...

What a great post. Thanks for sharing and being such an advocate for these dogs!
We shall head on over to Lila's blog to do a little reading
Penelope and Sam

Tessa the Maltese said...

Blu here, that is WRONG! The AKC allows spayed and neutered dogs to compete in companion events. So as far as I am concerned if the deaf animal CAN compete and is spayed or neutered then there is NO REASON at ALL!

You Go!

Blu and Tessa too

Amber DaWeenie said...

Wonderful post. Deaf dogs aren't disabled....they just can't hear. :o)

Mr. Pip said...

Thanks for this VERY important post. I will definitely visit your blog.

Your pal, Pip

lillij said...

Bully for you! I love a good cause!
Well done and well said!

Mariodacat said...

What a great post this is. The same could be said for all handicaps in animals - missing a leg, blind, deaf - all still have a lot of love to give, but are trainable if you just have a little more patience in working with them.

Chicco said...

Hello friends,
How did you spend Easter?
I hope good.
Very beautiful post as all you do.
The photos are fantastic!


Black Lab said...

Very informative post. Cheers, from a hearing pooch.

Momo and Pinot said...

Thank your for featuring this very important post!

Ariel said...

My grandmother had a deaf dog.She says he was the best pet she ever own.

Richa said...

Thanks for this post.. People just find any reason to euthanize dogs.. those dogs are so sweet and well trained. I've met some blind ones and u cant even tell that they are missing one of their senses..

Have a great day Pam and Oskar!

-Richa @ Find me a Happy Pet

Tamago said...

It is too sad and upsetting that many dogs are euthanized due to hearing loss.
Thank you for this very important post.

Pup Fan said...

Really fantastic post - I'm glad that you are drawing attention to this!

Kristin G. said...

Great information! Thanks for sharing!!

Chaz Elban said...

And NOW you can setup their own social network! Yep – there is a new social network for pets – just don’t try and friend dogs and cats LOL.


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