Arrival Story: My wife and I volunteer with a local herding breed rescue and have done so for about a year now. We help with transports, training, and short-term fostering. We were contacted because they needed a foster to pull a puppy that had been posted about in a craigslist ad. She was a double-merle aussie puppy that would probably need a long-term foster because she would be a "special" adoption due to being deaf. When we went out to pick her up she was so excited to see us, all nub wags and was extremely happy. The "breeders" (an elderly couple who had apparently had two merle aussies that they used as herding dogs) had been forced to bottle feed her and her brother because the dam passed away 2 days after the puppies were born. Natalie was very confidant and leaped right into my arms, licking my face and loving every moment of attention she got. After being with us for about three days we contacted our rescue and filed the forms to adopt her.
Bio: Natalie is being taught commands using ASL. She is extremely smart and most people cannot tell that she is deaf. She is very outgoing and loves attention.