Keller is a beautiful pit mix girl that had been living in an abandoned house. On of our rescue partners had been feeding and giving her water daily but she was very standoffish and would not let us close. As the weeks and months wore on, we noticed that she would not arouse sometimes when we arrived to feed her and we realized that this sweet girl was DEAF! We continued to feed her daily but winning her over was not happening. She was happy for the food and water, but was too fearful to let us touch her. Finally, the day came that we were able to sneak up on her while she slept and slip a leash over her head and at long last, we had our girl.
Her foster mom has worked with her tirelessly as this is what she has to say:
She bonded with Suzy, our rescue director who she had seen consistently every single day bearing food and water, but she was not interested in knowing anybody else. Suzy left her here with me, her foster mom, and she had no choice but to get to know me and let me in to her silent world. I let her decompress here for several several days and she loved the attention she got from me. I decided to begin working with her after about 10 days teaching her some hand signals. Well, that’s when some tragic reality set in. She would freeze any time I tried to work with her. If I moved my hand toward her to give the signal to sit, she would collapse in fear, her eyes fluttering waiting on me to beat her for not doing as I instructed. She would only take the reward treat seemingly out of fear of repercussion for not doing so. It is my strong belief that whoever “owned” her before beat her for being stupid or stubborn and not following their teachings and commands, never giving thought to the possibility that she simply could not understand because she could not hear them. I have temporarily abandoned training efforts and am simply letting Keller be a dog, learning to trust, finding her happy and gaining confidence that her life is not as it was before and never will be again, and that people can be good. She lives in my home with 7 other dogs, various breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments. She is so happy to have playmates and friends.
She is a lovely lovely dog with TONS of love to give. She loves to give kisses, is house broken, crate trained, and loves to lay in the bed with me and snuggle. At this point, she is still struggling with some trust issues and does not warm up to strangers quickly, but she will with patience and allowing her to find her own courage. She has never snapped at me for any reason, even when I wake her up from sleep. All she needs now is a patient, loving family of her own where she can continue to blossom into the dog she should have always been allowed to be. We are looking for a home with another loving dog to help her learn and trust.
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier mix
Age: 1 ½ years old
Weight: Will update
Vaccinations: Up to date
Medical: Keller is completely deaf.
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Untested
Good with Dogs: Yes- dogs similar in size to her. She has demonstrated some prey drive behaviors so we think she would do best only with dogs similar in size to her.
Good with Cats: Untested
Adoption Fee: $350.00
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