MY STORY: Dean was brought to Cedar Bend from another animal rescue organization in Iowa. He is currently the longest dog resident at Cedar Bend. Dean arrived December 13, 2016.
AGE: Dean is about 2 years old.
MY STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES: Dean's biggest challenge is due to his (likely genetic) condition of being deaf. Dean has likely been deaf his entire life. This can pose some challenges for Dean, and he has reverted to his other senses, such as sight and smell, in order to understand humans and other dogs. Dean has started learning the command "sit" with the help of the staff at Cedar Bend, by responding to a hand signal and a delicious treat. We are very confident that Dean will learn more hand signals, and will be a fantastic companion for a family! Dean sometimes struggles with understanding other dog's behaviors and responses, however, he has done very well adjusting and has a few dog friends at the shelter that he loves to romp around in the playpen with. The staff at Cedar Bend strongly feel that he would benefit from having a dog companion in the home that could help him navigate and communicate with humans better. Dean tends to be very focused on cats and small animals such as squirrels when outside, and would love to chase them if given the opportunity. This being said, Dean should not live in a home with cats, and would do best in a fenced in yard (opposed to an un-fenced in yard) where he could not run away if he decides to chase a squirrel.
WHAT TYPE OF HOME AM I SEARCHING FOR: Dean would love a home with a doggy companion and someone who is knowledgeable on how to work with dogs that are deaf. Dean is a fantastic boy with a big heart, he just needs an adopter who is willing to work with his challenges. He is a staff favorite at Cedar Bend, and all of the staff are hopeful to find him a loving home soon. He is the longest dog resident at Cedar Bend.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dean is completely deaf, and has likely been since birth. It is unclear why he has this condition, however, it could possibly be linked to a genetic abnormality.
Adoption fee: $190 - Adoption fee include spay/neuter, vaccinations, worming, microchip, and started on flea/tick prevention.
Prefers a home without: Cats Has Special Needs Shots Current Spayed/Neutered House trained