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Meet SKY, a “special” little Border Collie with one “sky blue” eye and one soulful brown eye. She is almost a year old and very much a puppy! She weighs a trim 36 lbs. and has a medium coat that is silky soft to the touch. SKY lives in a somewhat silent world because she is deaf. However, that has not hindered her spirit or joy for life one bit!! SKY has the zest and energy of a typical Border Collie and is eager to play and learn everything her “special” person can teach her. Deaf dogs can be the most loving and SKY is definitely a lover!
SKY has done fantastic her first few weeks in foster care. Even though she is bilaterally deaf she can hear very loud sounds and vibrations. If we clap loud she will look to us for a hand signal. American Sign Language (ASL) and/or a little imagination makes it easier to communicate with her. The only difference between training a deaf dog versus a hearing dog is that, with a deaf dog, it takes more patience and a major commitment.
She is very food motivated and quickly learned hand signals for sit, stay, lie down, and come. We use normal speech along with hand signals for just about everything. It is incredible to see how fast she is learning. She now also understands stay down (don’t jump up), follow me, bad dog, good dog, and wait. She understands that to communicate with us she needs to watch for hand signals.
SKY apparently has not had much early socialization with other dogs or people so she will bark upon new meetings. She DOES get along well with her two foster brothers and, in fact, may benefit from having a companion dog because deaf dogs often take "cues" from hearing dogs. Because she is hearing impaired she will require that “special” person who will work with her and recognize that despite being deaf, she still has the ability to learn anything! SKY loves balls and loves to play fetch. She will bring the ball back to you 100% of the time, unless she’s had enough and calls for a “time-out”!
Not only does she crave physical attention, her foster mom says she is a “blank slate” who needs to learn what is expected of her so she can be an awesome companion. SKY has a somewhat submissive temperament with people. She is not an obnoxious barker but will occasionally bark when she hears something that is very loud, i.e. a clap of hands, a whistle, another dog bark, or a siren. SKY is very energetic and does love to be active. She would love to find a forever home with someone who is as active as she is, and someone who will give her the exercise and training that she needs.
Young children often engage in unpredictable behavior which can be confusing or startling to a deaf dog, SKY would do best in an environment without small children. She walks okay on a leash but needs additional training to improve this skill. With her enthusiastic spirit and plenty of training, SKY could excel at almost anything she tries. This beautiful girl settles down quietly in her crate at bedtime and will even let you sleep in. However, when it’s time to get up she is ever ready!
SKY is micro-chipped, spayed, heart worm negative and on preventative, and up to date on vaccinations. If you have an approved Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions Adoption Application (http://norcalbcrescue.org/adopt_info.html) and wish to enquire about SKY, please email us at Adoptions@norcalbcrescue.org. If you have an approved adoption application with Border Collie Rescue of Northern California let us know and we will request it be forwarded to us for consideration.
SKY is being fostered in Nevada City in Nevada County, California.