I believe strongly that life is better with dogs!!! We have 2 and they are special to us not to mention they have special needs. We wouldn’t want it any other way!!!
Rahja is my 4 year old American Bulldog.
I wanted and English Bulldog first but knowing they are prone to health problems and they are an expensive dog to buy, I decided on an American Bulldog. Boys did I get fooled on that one, lol. Rahja has allergies which causes her to have skin problems and she requires daily medication to keep her skin calm. If you miss a dose, well, she starts to get very itchy. Due to her allergies, we buy premium good quality dog food. Not cheap!!! But she is worth it. To top it off, she had emergency bowel surgery a few years back due to a bowel obstruction (my bikini bottom, long story, will post about it some other time) Annnnd….she needed extensive leg surgery a few years ago. She had a TPLO surgery which means expensive vet bills, long recovery and a lifetime of worrying that her other knee will “let go” and require another surgery.
She tore her cruciate ligament and that is the same as a person tearing their ACL. Easy for a person to understand, not so much for a dog. Rahja is slowly becoming bald due to her skin problems so she does not like winter, rain or anything that could be close to cold weather. We should seriously consider moving to California or Florida or Arizona for her instead of northern BC (we are only a few hours from Alaska) Besides all her “issues” I love Rahja more than anything. We had rough times together when I had to put down my first dog Dakota and we got thru it together. She is my big, sad looking, almost bald, special needs baby…
Then we have Tucker.
He is our 2 year old Boxer and guess what….he has special needs to!!! I found his picture online. At the time I was looking for a second dog to add to our family and I wanted a small dog like a chihuahua. Shane, not so much. As soon as I showed him Tucker, he fell in love and wanted him right away. I told him to call thinking this cutie would be adopted already but as luck would have it, he wasn’t. We made plans to make the 3 hour drive (one way that is) the next morning to go pick him up. He came home on Sunday and the following Thursday, Shane flew out to Fort Nelson for 5 1/2 months for work (we were still living in NB at the time)
Tucker was a handful as a puppy and some days I really resented getting this dog but fast forward to today, I love that goofball with all my heart and I understand why he was so difficult as a puppy. You see Tucker is deaf, completely deaf, does not hear a thing, no need to whistle or snap your fingers or call his name, trust me, he is deaf!!! (people try it all the time when we tell them he is deaf) We did not know when he got him that he was deaf, it took a few months to figure it out. I assumed he was just a goofy difficult puppy, lol. He is trained on hand signals and often “listens” better than Rahja who may I remind you has perfectly good functioning ears.
Life is busy with these 2 but we wouldn’t want it any other way. Oh the stories I could tell you all of the things they have done. I guess its part of puppyhood, right?
If you are considering adopting a dog, make sure you understand the commitment. Factor in vet bills, food, training and all that comes along. They are not just pets to us, they are our babies, we love them and put effort in their care. If you are considering adopting a deaf dog, think about it long and hard, their requirements are different but the reward is great. Shane and I have decided that any future dogs we adopt will have “special needs”, more than likely will be deaf.
Enjoy every moment you have with your pet, they are only with us for a short time…