"We discovered WBCR by happy accident when we decided to look into adopting a new furkid. We lost 2 of our beloved senior dogs in 2006 and decided that any new additions would be rescues. When that time came, that trail led us to Tonya and WBCR. I read through the bios of the dogs available and Annye's picture & story immediately caught my eye. I was amazed that such a wonderful, beautiful dog had been in foster care since April. Then I realized most likely why – Annye is deaf. That didn't scare us off for a second. We felt from her bio she would be a perfect fit in our family, so I contacted Tonya, who also felt she would be a good fit for us. We filled out an application, had a home visit, and when everything checked out, we met Tonya and also Annye's foster mom, Kim, at a midway point. We visited with them, met Annye, fell in love instantly with this sweet girl, and brought her home with us. She was an instant hit with our youngest dog, well accepted by our 12 yr old dog, and was so good with our cats she won them over in no time flat. It was an amazingly easy transition. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and is such a joy. She loves our big backyard, snuggling on the couch, giving great big hugs, going for walks and particularly loves hiking. Due to the fact that she is deaf, she is always leashed when she is out and about with us. Fortunately our backyard is sizeable, fenced and secure, so she has a large area to run free, and does that girl looooove to run!
I did a bit of research on raising/training a deaf dog during this process and have found that there is a lot of good info available, and a lot of mixed messages. In Annye's case, I have found the "warnings" to be completely unnecessary. For example, she does not startle when you wake her up –rather, her tail starts wagging first thing. She plays very gently with others and is exceptionally good with my friend's baby. In short, her deafness is really a non-issue unless it's in terms of her safety. We talk to her all the time and she always watches us intently and responds enthusiastically, but we make sure to sign to her regularly so she is not living in a world without communication. She has a very good collection of words/phrases she knows by sign, and I am always working on expanding her vocabulary and also plan to continue the obedience training her foster mom started. She never meets a stranger, she has a hug (and usually a kiss! LOL) for everyone who wants one, and is one sweet girlie. My husband and I are profoundly grateful to Tonya and all of the WBCR volunteers. This was a unique, wonderful experience from start to finish and I am grateful to every person I have met along the way. Thank you!"