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Sociability with Dogs: Good
Sociability with Cats: Unknown
House Trained: Partially
Details: Blue Merle - Deaf, Vision Impaired
Born: July, 2005
News From Foster Family:
Smudge is about 5 ˝ months old and is deaf and
severely vision impaired. Smudge has learned a lot since she has been in
foster care. She now knows what a door is and that you can go in and
outside. She knows there is a lawn she can run and play on and does not
stay only on the cement walk. She knows she is safe and warm and there is
always food available.
We think Smudge was kept outside for the first 4 months of her life,
probably on cement. She now walks without cringing and has the house and
yard mapped out. She loves outside and loves to get in the water bucket
and sit in it. As a typical puppy, she runs and plays tug and keep-away
with her sisters. She will talk to you with a “Ba Woo-Woo” when she wants
to play and when she wants you to hurry up with her food!
She is learning some touch commands…she picked up “come forward” very
quickly, but “sit” is taking a bit longer. She is crate trained, but does
not always agree she should be in the crate! We are still working on
housebreaking, though she does not mess her kennel and will wake you up to
go potty in the morning. We are also working on her jumping up, as she
gets very excited about food. She likes to be held and loves to be brushed.
Smudge enjoys playing with her sisters, but she
thinks big brother, Marco, is too rough and will get mad at him. She
would do best in a home where she has a companion to play with, and one
that takes some time with her and will not be too rough. They must be
tolerant of puppy behavior and like to play tug!
My Perfect Home:
Her ideal family will have to be committed to
continuing to work with her commands and puppy behavior. She will need
to learn she can walk safely on a leash and that she is now safe and
loved. They will have to take time to help her continue to build her
We believe her vision would be better if she had been taken care of in
her first months. It is hard to tell if the problem was from her being
outside, or when she was lost, probably a combination of both. Her
forever home will have to continue with the care needed for her eyes
throughout her lifetime.
Smudge was found stuck in a drain pipe near Whitman
and brought to the west side Animal Care and Control by a man who found her
and realized she could not see.
If you would like to make this
a part of your home, please contact
Lorraine for an adoption application