October 3rd 2009 9:29 pm
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Mommy received SAD news from the Vet today- I have a hearing impairment. No worries, my loving family swept me into their gentle arms to comfort me of the disheartening information delivered by the Vet and whispered into my ears: "Zoe you are still our baby!"
People don't think much about hearing impaired dogs until they meet one. The sad truth is that many hearing impaired dogs are abandoned or put down without ever being given a chance to prove that they are just as normal and loving as hearing dogs. Hearing impaired dogs can learn anything a hearing dog can, the approach is just different.
Fortunately, I do not rely heavily on the spoken word. I am able to respond wonderfully to hand signals. I use my body to communicate intent, dominance, submission, and a wide variety of emotions. My whole family is learning a new language-sign language as a way for us to communicate. Instead of sound, I will learn to tune into the world of movement, vibration, and light. I am special!! With patience and love from my family, you won't even notice my physically challenged trait!
Just remember: A dog can express more with his tail in minutes, than his owner can express with his tongue in hours!!
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