Back in early May of 2014, I was scrolling through Craiglist looking for a new goat trailer. As I finally stopped looking, I began searching of Border Collies and Australian Shepherds (both are my favorite breeds) when I came along a post that said "Special Needs Pups". Me and my curious brain opened the post to find out that a lady in the same county as me had two Aussie's that she thought were blind or deaf and wanted to give them away. I immediately emailed her to get more information. I never got a response until after the third time I had emailed her that week and she said I could come meet them! As I got out of my vehicle on her farm, I saw 11 Merle puppies running to me. Boy, were they ADORABLE. Finally the lady came out and pointed out two puppies, the two that were chewing on my shoes. They were almost completely white with a little bit of Merle on them. At this moment, I immediately knew that I was taking them home, even if I had no intentions of keeping them for myself. I knew as a staff member of an animal shelter that I have some resources to try.
As two months passed with these fluff balls, I finally got a response from a lady in Ohio who was interested in the male Aussie. I was extremely nervous and sad to give him, who I took at five weeks old, to someone else. After communicating for a week, they would be on their way that weekend to pick him up. Thanks to my wonderful veterinarian, we were able to get him neutered and ready to go. My first thoughts were that his sister would be lost without him, but I was wrong. They have been doing wonderful with their new siblings. I continued to try and find her a really good home as well and I had an opportunity come that I could have found her one, but I couldn't let her go. Atta (and her brother Flick) are the best dogs. Atta has been the most happiest, loving deaf and vision impaired dog that I have ever met. She ended up forming a close bond with our Merle Border Collie, Jagger, and it's like they are inseparable... I thank that day that I scrolled through Craigslist (which I don't recommend you getting a dog from there) and coming across Atta, who has taught one so much patience.
- Bailey Middleton