This is my beautiful little girl Sadie. My husband and I rescued her from a bad situation in April of 2013. There was a lady sitting outside of a petco with two puppies. She said If we would go inside and buy a bag of dog food we could have one. The lady told us that people familiar with the Aussie breed wouldn't want the girl puppy because she was white. We didn't know anything about Aussies or Double Merles, but we talked it over for a few minutes and decided to get the little girl. We brought her home and our lives have never been the same.
She could hear at first, but over time we believed she was starting to go deaf. In October of 2013 we took her to a specialist who confirmed that in a matter of months our sweet baby would be completely deaf. She learned sign language to go along with the commands she already knew and then we started working on others. She knows sit, lay, spin, walk, stay, drop it and a few others including her favorite sign word, "dinner". She is very good at fetch and catching things in the air. She's also learned to pick up on body language from strangers so she knows if they are a threat or not.
A few of the challenges that we face having a deaf dog are we live on a busy street so she isn't allowed off leash very often unless in our backyard, some things scare her easily, and that the majority of people we encounter when we take her out don't know how to act around dogs with special needs. We have gotten her a bandana to make people aware that she needs a little extra space and they can't just run up to her.
We've learned a lot from her, and we love to help educate people about the bad breeding practice. She's a very special little girl and we wouldn't trade her for anything in the world.