Well, a quick scan of today’s deaf news threw up the cutest story about a deaf dalmatian called Zoe, who, thanks to some sign language classes, has been given a new lease of life.
After her previous owner was forced to give her up because of her behaviour, she has now been taught the signs for sit, lie down, stay, dance, paw, kiss and 'good girl' and she’s ready for a new home…
Hmmmm is my flat big enough?
The answer is an outright no, but if I did have a country pad and the time to walk her, I would home her in an instant and we could be deaf together.
However, on second thoughts, a deaf dog and owner could be quite a catastrophic combination. Let’s think…
Big red fire engine, Deafinitely Girly and Dalmatian walking along the road oblivious to the screeching siren.
Dog and DG gone…
On a more positive note, do you know that when I was younger I used to raise money for a charity called Hearing Dogs for the Deaf? Ma used to call it Deaf Dogs for the Blind – logical huh?
It’s a great charity and from the case studies on the website, a hearing dog really can change the life of a deaf person. And, as I get deafer, I often wonder about whether I too, could get a hearing dog one day.
If I did, I would be able to answer the door when the buzzer went, leave a burning building when the fire alarm was ringing and always know when a fire engine/police car/ambulance was coming my way. How cool would that be?
But just to be difficult, I think I’d rather have Zoe, the deaf dalmatian.