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Deaf Puppy Dumped By Breeder Now Learning Sign Language

Deaf Puppy Dumped By Breeder Now Learning Sign Language

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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5:15PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

What a wonderful, heartwarming article. I'm so glad Alice found her loving, forever home, and I'm sure she is loved and pampered abundantly. God Bless her and all her family.

6:27PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

I have been fostering an FIV+ cat for a local animal shelter. He's a wonderful seven-year old ball of fluff that loves to hang out with people. But he has so many strikes against him for getting adopted that I think I will be adopting him myself. Most of his "handicaps" are really stigmas: he's no longer a cute little kitten; he's totally black; he's FIV+, he gets repeated upper respitory infections because of his compromised immune system, which means he's on antibiotics most of the time. So this is a different sort of special needs. But I won't return Nigel to the shelter if I know all that will happen is that he will be euthanized. He's a living being with whom I have developed a bond. Would that more people would look beyond the special needs, or the stigmas, and find out what sort of "critter" is there waiting to love and be loved.

3:04PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

I'm Deaf, and I just rescued a deaf cat from being put to sleep. I really do not understand why people feel deaf puppies/kittens are unworthy of a happy home just because they can't hear. This kind of attitude spills over in the subconscious towards deaf individuals and I'm just sick of it. Think of it as not hearing-impaired, but VERY visually-abled! :)

10:31PM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Dogs can adapt with love and patience. I have a three legged dog, a blind dog, and a stroke victim. They all live full lives !!

9:17PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Such a nice story. Thanks so much for helping this dear little dog.

12:50PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

As with humans; animals who do not have to ability to hear or see, rely on their other senses and become more capable than those who can see and hear.
Lovers of dogs understand that they are, to a great degree, our eyes and ears. Their intuitiveness is astounding and why should any human ever expect physical perfection from any companion creature, since humans are as far from perfection as anything can be. We can get a whole lot closer to 'perfection' than we've ever been, by taking on the responsibility of, and, loving a pet.

8:25PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

It is all about the doggies, they are smarter than humans, this proves it. Thank you for letting the doggie adopt you/

8:31AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

We rescued a year old deaf dog as well.We realized in a week that this dog couldn't hear, no wonder he didn't know how to sit, come & be trained to do his business outside. He actually is a smart little dog and is learning very quickly with the help of our 4yr old dog.

9:37PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Marie & Mark adopting Alice is a wonderful testiment to unconditional love. Overcoming 'limitations' in our world today seems to be too challenging for most, which defines today's 'disposable mentality'.
This story has inspired me and I thank you so much for sharing Alice's story with us.

3:16PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Down with breeders, puppy mills and all the BS.

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