Post # 1
I’m thinking about adopting a 6 year old female toy poodle who is both blind and deaf. I already have a 6-7 year old male toy poodle. I’ve called the shelter to get some information about her, and she seems so sweet. She is very calm and not underfoot at all (she can feel the vibrations when people walk). She’s only had a few accidents at the shelter but seems to be potty trained when she goes out on a normal schedule. She gets along well with non-hyper dogs (I have the most lazy and laid back dog ever). She and another dog actually roam around the shelter because they don’t like to be in a crate, and they get along well. They said she mostly keeps to herself though and walks around in circles a lot.
Honestly, I’m more worried about my dog around her than her around him. I tried adopting 2 10-year old dogs about 6 months ago, but they were both boys and having 2 alpha males (one of the new adoptees and my dog) in the same house just didn’t work and they fought. I think having a female would be much better. I dogsit for a friend with a female toy poodle, and they cuddle on the couch together, so I’m hoping that Melvin will react similarly to this dog. Before I make a firm committment to adopt, I would have them meet and hopefully foster her for a week or so to make sure everything would work out.
I’m thinking about submitting an application then going to see her this weekend. But before I do, I want to see if anyone has experience dealing with both blind and deaf dogs. Obviously I know that she would never, ever be allowed outside without being on a leash, which is fine because I don’t let my dog out now without being on one. And I’d have to dog-proof my house so she can’t hurt herself on anything. I’ve heard about using different scents in different rooms around the house so she can smell where she is. And using mats by the door/her food so she can feel the difference on the floor. Touch training (tapping her bottom or nose for different commands). Anything else?
Post # 3
@Boston Bee: One of our dogs was blind growing up (not deaf tho). Anyways, our other dog somehow just knew the first dog had gone blind so she would “lead” him around. If he got stuck or confused somewhere she would alway go get him. It was amazing. Also, you are a wonderful person for taking in a dog most people would overlook.
Post # 4
I haven’t been in this situation but just want to say what a kind-hearted person you must be to take this dog in. I’m sure she is going to just love, love, love you. Sending you and your fur babies best wishes!
Post # 5
I have not had experience, but wanted to say I think you are doing a great thing. I do have a male and female dog. My female is very territorial and hates other girl dogs. But does fine when male dogs visit. I think they will get along great! Good luck!
Post # 6
@Boston Bee: I think this is absolutely wonderful of you! Dogs with one disability are so hard to adopt out, let alone a dog with multiple disabilities! I really hope this works out!
Post # 7
@Boston Bee: As far as your other dog is concerned, can you bring him to the shelter and have the two dogs interactand see what happens? When I adopted my dog they made sure I didn’t have another one, and if I did I would have had to bring it in to interact with him. Just thought I’d throw this out there in case you’re worried about your other dog.
Good luck. Sounds like a sweet dog 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks for the reassurance everyone! I swear I’m not a saint or anything! I just have a soft spot for special needs dogs, and I’ve been wanting to get another one for a year now but it’s hard to take the plunge when you don’t know how things are going to turn out.
Oh, and I spoke to the shelter again, and apparently there are already 2 applications for her. 🙁 But they said that a lot of people get rejected or withdraw with special needs dogs so I should still submit mine and get on the list. So we’ll see how it goes.
Post # 9
This literally made me tear up. I have no experience or advice, but you are a wonderful person for even considering this. I hope it works out and you do get her because you sound like you would give her a wonderful home!
Post # 10
I don’t have any experience but just want to say how awesome it is that you’re trying this. The world needs more people like you.
Post # 11
We had a dog that went blind and deaf in her old age when I was young. For a while she was totally fine and could even find her way around in our yard by herself (fenced in) because she just remembered the way. Once we moved to a new house she had more trouble. We limited which rooms she could go in, just by keeping doors closed.
We adopted a second dog who was 4, and they basically just ignored eachother since he was young and wanted to play and she prefered naps. The new dog never pushed her around, despite being 60lbs larger than her, guess even dogs know to respect their elders.
The biggest thing was keeping an eye on her, making sure there was nothing on the floor that she could walk into and get hurt. Also were extra careful to keep her things in the same spot all the time so she could find them, and didn’t rearrange furniture often because that would confuse her.
She had been trained for years before loosing her sense so I have no tips there. But for finding their way around the house dogs will suprise you. Since this dog is female and disabled I would think it will be a good fit for your other dog, as their is no threat to his dominance or position in the pack.
Post # 12
I had a dog that went blind and deaf when she was about 6 years old. She did just fine! Even missing two senses she was still smarter than my other two dogs- she navigated around just fine, went on walks in my woods w/o a leash (we have 5 private, fenced in acres), and was the most wonderful dog. I hope your application goes through! There will probably be a learning curve, but if your male dog gets along fine, he likely (from my experience) will help out the new girl! Best of luck
Post # 13
I have a blind toy poodle who is great. he is independent and gets around the house well, he even plays fetch. i would say go for it. I love hime to pieces and wouldn’t trade him 🙂