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Blind and Deaf Dogs

Welcome to the Blind and Deaf Dogs Guidebook

Paws to Adopt has always had a special place in its heart for those special needs and hard to place dogs. Therefore, it's proud to present The Blind and Deaf Dogs Guidebook with your host Mr. Youwho and our new addtion Skye. It contains all the ins and outs to living a safe and happy life with a blind and deaf dog, which we hope you will find helpful.

Youwho was a Pit Bull/Heeler mix who was born both blind and deaf and one of the sweetest dogs you will ever met. In 2005, we adopted Youwho when he was just a pup. Despite some people's skeptics due to his special needs, he went on to live a happy and fulfilling life until he was 9-10 years old when unfortunately cancer took over. He brought so much joy into our lives and continued to amaze and teach us something new every day until his last day on earth. He was an amazing dog who had so much personality and love to give. Some people might question the quality of life of a blind and deaf dog, but Youwho was proof that they can live happy lives just like any other dog.

Youwho was special. He wasn't just our dog, he was our family member. He was my best friend and he was my parent's son they never had. This boy deeply touched our lives as well as the lives of many others. Through this guide, we have gotten to share our journey with hundreds if not thousands of people in order to help dogs, like Youwho. live happy and safe lives. Youwho had a purpose and boy did he knock that purpose out of the park! We are so grateful to have had 9 wonderful years with this boy. He changed our lives and forever left a "pawprint" on our hearts.

Youwho taught us about perseverance and unconditional love. He taught us that no obstacle was too big to overcome - just enjoy and love life to its fullest. Whenever times seem difficult, we think of all Youwho had to overcome in his lifetime. During his last year of life, he battled two different types of cancer and underwent a few complicated surgeries and yet he never lost the twinkle in his eye because for Youwho he already conquered the hardest obstacles in life - no sight, no hearing - what was cancer to him. He would bounce back as if nothing ever happened to him. What a fighter he was and because of Youwho we will keep fighting for other blind and deaf dogs as well as shelter dogs for as long as we can. With a spirit like Youwho's, he will be greatly missed, but he will never be forgotten.

In 2015, we adopted another blind and deaf dog, who we named Skye, from Deaf Dogs of Oregon. She is a 3 year old Australian Shepherd/Heeler mix. As a result of a Double Merle breeding, she was born blind and deaf. Two merle coated dogs should never be bred together as each pup in the litter has a 25% chance of being blind, deaf or both. Skye was one of the unlucky ones, but now she has hit the jackpot and is spoiled as can be. She will help us continue our mission in keeping Youwho's spirit alive and helping other blind and deaf dogs. Due to her overwhelming amount of cuteness, we created her a Facebook page where we help others with blind and deaf dogs as well as help promote adoptable special needs animals. Be sure to check it out at: Skye the Blind and Deaf Aussie

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RIP Youwho - December 26th, 2013