so frustrated trying to get my deaf foster adopted
We had the second inquiry about Ashley, our little terrier, today. The interested party sent her son to visit and report, then she was going to visit Ashley tomorrow. After the son's visit, she called me: the fact that Ashley barks at people and is snappy was secondary...her first reason for not wanting to even visit her is that Ashley is deaf. The last person interested in Ashley, we told over the phone that she's deaf and they decided outright that they didn't want her. This time, we decided not to bring it up until the son got here so he could see how SHE IS NO DIFFERENT! I don't know how people can be so uneducated. Ashley has issues left over from the hoarding situation that she came from, but I find her deafness is such a non-problem that I can't understand why it keeps people from giving her a chance or even wanting to meet her. Ashley learns, communicates and loves the same as a hearing dog. Does anyone else on here have a deaf dog and encounter this kind of ignorance? We forget Ashley is deaf, as she is so adept at reading our facial expressions and body language. We just give her the same signs that come naturally when we are speaking to our hearing dogs, for instance to pat on our thigh when we call her to "come." If I was going to foster another dog, I would deliberately seek out a deaf dog since I know what I know and there is so much prejudice. I am about ready to just adopt her myself, even though she doesn't fit into our pack very well and I really don't want four dogs to keep at this time. We are committed to Ashley and she has a home with us for as long as it takes. I guess Ashley just needs to be MORE lovable and MORE well behaved to make up for her disadvantage. But it is really frustrating when people won't even meet her.