Staffordshire Bull Terrier 






Murdy cane to live with us about 2 years ago. We visited our local animal shelter and he was in the second kennel we saw. Murdy didn't bark, whine, or jump up and down; he just looked at us with those sorrowful eyes that said "Please take me home. We were so impressed with his quiet temperament that we adopted him on the spot. We took him home and thought "Wow, what a great dog ! " During the next two weeks Murdy began ti live up to his name.







He wouldn't come, he tore up the yard, he ran to the neighbors every chance he got, and seemed totally uncontrollable. No matter how much yelled pleaded, bribed...he just didn't seem to care. I was at my wits end when I began to notice that I always had to touch him to wake him up, that he wouldn't come unless he looked at me , That the phone ringing didn't startle him, and that he obviously didn't care if he yelled a lot.







I suddenly realized that my dog was deaf ! I had no idea what I would do. How can you train a deaf dog ? How will he function ? Many thoughts raced through my mind, but nevr once did it occur to me to return him to the shelter. I just assumed that dealing with this was part of responsibility as Murdy owner. I began to think about my deaf aunt and uncle. Why couldn't I teach Murdy sign language ? Dog trainers do it,the police do it for their working dogs, and dog actors use it.






Through the internet I learned of an organization, Deaf Dog Education Action Fund. With their assistance, and many hours of training  and a lots of tears, I now have the most dedicated, loyal, and loving dog you could ever imagine. Murdy and I have learned a great deal from each other. I can't imagine not having a deaf dog. Now I educate in my community about living disabled pets. We don't throw away disabled people... why should we throw away disabled dogs ??






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