When we got our first Aussie Kody I liked a bunch of Aussie pages on Facebook to learn more about them and share stories. One day while scrolling through my news feed I saw a puppy up for adoption on Australian Shepherds Furever. I immediately fell in love and sent the pictures to my husband asking if we could have him, jokingly. To my surprise he said yes! But then the reality set in, could we handle a blind and deaf dog? We sat down and seriously talked about it and did our research. One of my favorite books that I read was called Through a Dark Silence: Loving and living with your blind and deaf dog. It was very well written, cleared up a lot of the questions I had and the frequent myths that come up with owning a blind and deaf dog. It never sugar coated anything and even gave training advice. We then decided that he would be a perfect addition to our family, we just had to see if he got along with Kody. They first met at a park and he was so preoccupied with his ball that he barely paid attention to him, but he did sniff him and then run after his ball. It wasn't till we brought him home that they really started playing, they wrestled with each other for like two hours until they both passed out. We then knew he would be a great addition to our family and named him Riley. He found his way around our apartment in one day. Except the coffee table, he still has trouble with that one as he gets taller he forgets to duck his head as much as he needs to. He is over all just like a normal puppy, he barks and plays, he gives lots of kisses and snuggles, he loves walks and playing at the park with his brother. A lot of people feel bad for him and want to give him sympathy, but he doesn't know he is any different. He was born that way and has had to accommodate for his "disabilities" since birth. He is just as happy and playful as any other puppy and his brother sure doesn't go easy on him, he plays with him like any other dog, but he does realize his brother is a tad special and has become his seeing eye dog in a way. It's beautiful the relationship they have together, to see Riley completely trust Kody, and Kody wear that responsibility proud. We still have a lot to learn and a lot of new experiences to get through but so far I love our decision to adopt Riley he is such a blessing to our family and we can't imagine life with out him now.
- Riley lives happily in CA