February is Jeff and my's anniversary month, and it also happens to be my birthday month. And back in February 2013, I decided I wanted to adopt my first officially-mine pup and certify it for therapy work. I had been exploring Craigslist and came across a "lethal white Australian Shepherd that's not blind or deaf." I read the post and immediately read everything I could find on what a "lethal white" was and discovered she was actually called a double merle. It took little convincing of my boyfriend before I was contacting the woman. She had gone to California to adopt Powder's brother when she saw itty bitty Powder. The breeder was going to put Powder to sleep, but the woman took her brother and her and bottle fed Powder and took care of her until she was 6 months. It took a few days, I never once stopped looking at her photos, but once I was able to meet her, I was absolutely in love. She was a tiny little white ball of fur.
Fast forward a few days, and my family and I realized she really could not hear! It was a shock at first, but the disability didn't even phase Powder. We immediately contacted our trusted dog trainer to let her know that the pup we wanted to certify was deaf, and she was absolutely impressed at how obedient Powder was. As my first deaf dog, she has been by far the easiest dog I have ever owned. We still get frustrated with each other every once in while when she is learning a new trick, but once it clicks, it clicks. Now, Powder is focusing on finalizing her therapy training to take her certification test, and I have never been more proud. Otherwise, she spends more of her time playing at my doggie daycare job and helps (she gets along with every dog possible) evaluate new dogs and their temperaments