Staff at the Mayhew animal home is working hard to teach sign language to Bob, a ten-month-old deaf Dachshund-type pup, so that he can settle into a loving home. Bob first arrived at The Mayhew as his previous owners, who were already looking after Bob’s brother, worried that they would not be able to cope with both of them, especially due to his deafness.
However, deafness turned out to be far from the only problem for Bob.
The Mayhew’s Vet, Dr. Emily Richardson BSC MRCVS, said: “When Bob first came in, he had a lack of appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting and displayed neurological signs such as circling, falling over and balance problems. We took bloods and a faecal sample to test for underlying health problems and to check for infectious agents, which can sometimes cause neurological and gastrointestinal signs in non-vaccinated dogs, but the tests came back negative. Bob was then wormed and we gave him a course of antibiotics to rule out toxoplasma infection in the central nervous system and middle ear infection.”
Bob’s neurological signs improved, he was then neutered and was soon back to playful self. Dr. Emily Richardson added, “It is possible that Bob will continue to have an unsteady gait and balance problems and that will just be a part of him!”
The pup has since stolen the hearts of the Mayhew staff, and proved himself to be a quick learner - mastering several commands in sign language. You can see him practicing below.
The Mayhew's Dog Adoption Officer Lisa Guiney said, “Bob is a lovely comical little boy, who is so confident and doesn’t let his deafness or balance problems get in the way.
“He has quickly picked up lots of commands like sit, stay, down, come and few tricks too by body language, hand signals and reading faces. He compensates for his lack of hearing with his huge personality. Rehoming a deaf dog like Bob can be an incredibly rewarding experience; we are hoping to find someone who understands his needs and can give him the attention and care that he requires. We are on a mission to find Bob a loving new home and the happily ever after that he is so deserves.”
Images and video by the Mayhew Animal Home.