After moving away from my family and into my own home, I began looking for another dog. My 2 year old, Murphy, had spent the majority of her life with my parents' dog and wasn't handling her alone time so well. I worked at a vet clinic in high school and college, and through that became familiar with a local rescue. I often stalked their Facebook, mostly to brighten my day by looking at adorable puppies. One day they uploaded a picture of a GORGEOUS Australian shepherd. As I read his bio, I learned that he was a double merle and completely deaf, and also had some potential vision impairment. I read his bio over and over, and just couldn't seem to get him off my mind. I messaged the rescue who told me that they already had several applications for him, but encouraged me to submit one anyway. I filled out the lengthy application, never thinking they would choose me. The next day I got a phone call from the rescue and was told that even though they had over 50 applications, they felt like I was the right home for him. I was shocked, and so excited! I immediately went into nesting mode and prepared for my new baby.
I wasn't sure what challenges there would be with a deaf dog, what his personality would be like and how affected he would be from his past. I picked him up 5 days later from his foster, who informed me he had been rescued from a bad puppy mill situation. He had been confined to a cage for 3 years, only let out to be used for breeding purpose--heartbreaking. I brought him home and within a few hours he and Murphy were inseparable. She feels like she is his protector and makes sure to keep an eye on him at all times. He is so absolutely joyful and such a blessing to add to the family. I've been amazed at how smart he is and how much he has learned. He's becoming a pro at sign and enjoying more and more time off leash! He truly is the best dog and brings so much happiness to everyone he encounters. Adopting him was easily one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I'm so thankful I get to be his mama!