(Closed) Adopting a Blind AND Deaf Dog?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
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1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
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38 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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
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7656 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@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 # 9
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5407 posts
Bee Keeper

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
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585 posts
Busy bee

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
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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.

Good luck!!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 🙂

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