Deaf/Blind Puppy - Super Cute Video Page 2
Yesterday I took in a deaf/blind Dachshund puppy. She is a bit young, 6 weeks old. She appears to have one partially functioning eye that can distinguish light/dark and a missing eye. At this point I also believe the puppy to be deaf. She has an underbite, a possible roach back, and a possible skewed muzzle. She is the result of a merle x merle breeding... However, she is in good weight and observing her interact with her surroundings, she behaves like a "normal" puppy and was not overly alarmed at being in a new place.
Now, I am no stranger to dogs! Born and raised with them. Showed and bred, mostly German Shepherd Dogs, for quite a few years as a youth. Did agility with my white GSD bitch as a kid. Tons of fun! Wish I still had that kind of energy.
Now, years later, I have some health issues but I am still surrounded by dogs. I have my personal "pack" mainly made up of small dogs and a Boxer. All bitches of various ages. I manage a goat dairy that makes cheese and there are a large amount of "work" dogs that belong to the owners of the farm. Border collies and Great Pyrenees. The GP know their job of course, but I do work with the BCs to work the goats and am assisting in the training of the newest youngster who shows a lot of promise.
I am visually impaired, and my boss and the farm owner is deaf, so we're quite the group, but it works.
So you can imagine how a deaf/blind puppy (although the "breeder" was not aware the puppy is deaf), even one from a BYB CL ad, would pull on my heart strings...there's always room at my inn.
I have made a vet appointment for Tuesday so that will give us some more information.
The first night was a non-event. She slept well and was taken to an appropriate potty spot several times, and my husband took her a few times this morning. We also made sure she was able to get a drink of water at those times.
Right now she is between the paws of our young Boxer who is very gently playing with her. Our Boxer may be a bit of a silly creature (it was my husband's breed of choice lol) but when it comes to babies and puppies, she is a miracle worker. She calms them down, keeps them clean, and plays with them. Our older Boxer who passed away this year was very much the same, and would even nurse (or try to nurse) bottle baby goats while cleaning their bottoms.
At this point it is obvious the puppy can see changes in lighting and is very much deaf. I almost had second thoughts last night, wondering what I had gotten myself into (we're in the middle of a move actually - we are moving from our current home into a smaller home on the farm I manage - much more outside space but less inside space, not that we use most of it in the current house).
I have spoken to a good friend who is a dashie lover - if little puppy does not fit into our lives, I know she too would make an excellent home.
I have worked with deaf dogs, and I have worked with dogs with one eye (one of the BCs here on the farm is one-eyed) but I admit I have never worked with one that is both. I have read some very good articles and have some good ideas on how to proceed, but I would love to hear more information, or even anecdotes about your own experiences.
Thank you so much!