We found Yuki serendipitously through social media, his foster agency (Motley Zoo in Redmond WA) had made a Facebook page to highlight him and promote that he was available for adoption. After viewing the videos and updates they posted on his life with his foster family, we fell in love! We adopted him in September of 2012, assuming we were adopting a Deaf and partially blind dog. What we discovered later was those facts weren’t all that important. We became aware of Yuki’s amazing social skills and his athleticism. And his intelligence! During the first week after we adopted him, we realized if we wished for him to stay in a particular room, we needed to lock the door. Otherwise, he was quite adept at opening doors for himself! After watching him try to jump (sproing!) directly from the floor onto an ironing board (and he almost made it!) and diving through the legs of a table as if it were a tunnel…. We decided maybe he would like agility!? Agility, it seems is more challenging for the humans than it is for the dog. LOL. Yuki’s deafness and eye issues never limited his success in agility. We just had to work out how to communicate. We had a good time with that for a couple years, and also developed his skills at Nosework classes, which he excels at due to his sense of smell being his strongest and most powerful sense.
Yuki currently has a sign vocabulary of about 30 signs. He also has taught us a couple signs he uses to show us what he wants/needs. Developing the communication between everyone in the family has been really cool. Hope you enjoy the sign demo video, and the sample of Yuki’s agility practice. We never did take it far enough to compete in a trial, maybe someday?