Can you even begin to imagine the amount of inhumanity, carelessness and plain out cold hardheartedness it would take for anyone to abandon a dog just because they’re born deaf and can’t hear? Surely this must not be a very common practice as the world hasn’t gone heartless just yet, right?
Wrong. Statistics show that this a much more common reality than any of us would have liked for it to be.
However, as unfortunate as everything related to dogs and deafness is in reality, especially when it comes to their owners leaving them to their own fate just because they aren’t considered to be “normal”, it’s only when tragedy happens that heroes appear and come to the rescue – which is the case with the beautiful folks over at the “Deaf Dogs Rock” foundation.
All the way back in 2010, Deaf Dogs Rock founder Christina Lee fell in love with a little dog called Nitro when she and her husband were visiting the Salem Animal Shelter, but Nitro wasn’t exactly what many would consider to be “your average dog”.
Nitro was abandoned and left to his fate because he was completely deaf.
This is what we mean by saying that it often requires a tragic and unfortunate event for heroes to emerge, because if it wasn’t for the people that abandoned Nitro in the first place, heroes Christina and her husband may have never gotten the chance to do what they do now.
After deciding to take care of Nitro themselves and offer him a home of their own, Christina and Chris went searching for information they could get their hands on about deaf dogs, how their owners should properly communicate with them and take care of them the way they need to be taken care of, but as you may have already guessed by now, information about this subject was very scarce.
So, this drove this lovely couple on a mission of their own, to create the best possible resource out their for owners of deaf dogs – a resource that’ll help with any and all aspects you may have in mind, be that training issues or anything else you may have in mind.
Deaf Dogs Rock was born on August of 2011, and has since then grown to be truly the best and most sophisticated resource out there about everything deaf dogs related.
And, best thing about all of this is that the Deaf Dogs Rock blog isn’t based around a whole bunch of untested theory that Christina and Chris think may work because of whatever reason, it’s based on years and years of hands on experience they had themselves raising, taking care and loving little Nitro.
They learned things the hard way on their own back by trial and error when they first adopted 10 week old Nitro with very little resources and information available about properly taking care of deaf dogs, but share everything they know about this subject so others don’t have to take the same lonely and difficult road on their own.
All the knowledge Christina and Chris acquired during all those sleepless nights learning everything they could get their hands on about sign language and training deaf dogs is shared on Deaf Dogs Rock, except that it’s 10 times better because they share everything they know AFTER they’ve applied it on a deaf dog themselves and know for a fact that it works.
So if you’ve got a puppy at home that you’ve just discovered is either partially or completely deaf and are wondering how you’re going to take care of them or have just rescued an adorable dog that you later found out doesn’t hear, then Deaf Dogs Rock is your go-to resource.
Better yet, if you’re looking to make the jump and give one of these little beautiful beings a forever home because you (rightfully) feel they’re often discriminated against just because they can’t hear like other dogs do, then Deaf Dogs Rock have an entire section dedicated to listing deaf dogs available for adoption, with everything you need to know about the dog starting from their pictures, breed type, physical appearance, personality traits and all details you need to be in the know about to make the adoption process as easy as can be.
Deaf Dogs Rock are in constant contact with shelters, rescues and individuals all over the country to work on finding deaf dogs that need a warm home to call their own, and link these dogs with people who want nothing but to make this dream of theirs a reality.
You should also know that Christina spends hours on end, day in day out reading and responding to tons of emails, keeping a Facebook page of over 50,000 followers active and organized, and constantly doing all she can to get the word out there about any dog that needs a home in order to find them one as soon as possible.
Many shelters constantly praise Christina for her ability to get deaf dogs a home only a couple of days after she gets the word out there about them, while these shelters were struggling to find a home for these dogs for months on end.
If anything, Christina is a living lesson of perseverance for all of us.
Check out their blog, have a look at their resources, get to know a little bit more about what they do, spread the word and donate to them with whatever means you can because, when it comes down to it, it’s beautiful people like Christina and Chris that make this world we live in a better place and give us all a gleam of hope just when we need it most.
Thanks for sharing a good deed. Kindness always reigns. Greetings from Oklahoma–Evonne Lee & Todd
Thank you ever so much for your efforts. When we adopted Dyson nobody told us and the shelter said they didn’t know he was completely deaf.
He is definitely the most special dog I have ever owned. Despite the challenges of him being deaf and fly snapping issues, he has become a pretty incredible family member.
I am so glad you hung in there with Dyson. Deaf Dogs are very special dogs but in many cases so are their guardians! Thanks for loving and being Dyson’s advocate. According to my deaf dogs Nitro, Bud, Bowie and myself, you and Dyson totally ROCK!
~ Christina Lee – Deaf Dogs Rock