At just eight weeks old, Alice, a springer spaniel, was dumped by a breeder because of one little “flaw” — Alice is deaf.
Luckily for this sweet pup, one couple was able to see Alice’s value where the breeder couldn’t. Alice was adopted from animal charity The Blue Cross by Marie Williams and Mark Morgan, who are deaf themselves.
Now Marie, Mark and their three sons (who are able to hear) are teaching little Alice sign language commands, including commands for sit, come and roll over.
As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, Marie says, “She was so beautiful and the fact that she was deaf just made us fall in love with her even more — we knew that she would fit right into our family. When we went to visit her at the centre I had tears in my eyes because she was so cute and we bonded straight away.”
When Alice was abandoned by her breeder — who figured a deaf dog wouldn’t make him any money — she was dirty, sick and nervous.
Marie says, “I felt so angry that someone abandoned her because in their eyes she was not ‘perfect.’ It goes to show that with a little effort it is easy to cope with a deaf puppy — she has already learned the signs for several basic commands.
Julie Stone, manager of The Blue Cross animal adoption centre, is also impressed with how well Alice has adjusted to life with her new family and the strides she’s making with her special training: “Alice is such a loving and responsive dog and she proves that with a bit of time and effort, a deaf dog can be trained and become a wonderful pet.”
Alice found her angels — a family that had the wisdom and compassion to look past a so-called flaw that a breeder found so unlovable he dumped the pup like garbage. I wonder: how many dogs with a “defect” or “flaw” like Alice never find homes? So many people look for a dog (or any pet) based on their breed or their color, and they try to find a “flawless” or “pure” animal.
Alice and her family prove that handi-capable animals can make just as wonderful companions as “perfect” ones, and as long as we’re able to care for them, we shouldn’t be afraid to open our hearts to animals in need.
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