This lovely older gal arrived last week from the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Utica, New York. She is deaf and has some vision issues, though she can still see. The shelter’s rescue coordinator emailed us to say the girl they named Esther “came to us as a stray after she was found on a busy highway. We have no idea how she got there or where she came from. She is very lucky that she did not get hit by a car.” As is too often the case, the original owner never came looking for her.
The rescue coordinator told us, “It is very difficult for us to adopt out senior dogs, especially those with special needs.” The shelter took excellent care of her, including getting her a dental, treating skin problems, and starting her on thyroid and eye meds. We will be taking her to Peak in Burlington for follow-up care and additional tests. Esther is a Beagle/Collie mix, probably 10 years of age or older, and only about 20 pounds — though very skinny. We are a bit concerned about what’s going on under her hood, so to speak. She is covered in lumps and bumps, some (probably most) being fatty tumors we suspect, though a few seem more worrisome.
She settled in right away, and quickly became a rolling dog:
In fact, while I was taking these photos of her yesterday, she was in constant motion — rolling around on the bed one minute, then getting up and barking at me the next:
She may be deaf, but she sure is one talkative little thing. We still have blind-and-deaf dogs like Spinner, but it’s been a while since we’ve had a dog who is only deaf, so we’re getting back into using hand signals to communicate with her. Esther prefers more vocal communication: looking right at us and barking, as you can see in that photo. She also isn’t one to wait quietly at the door to be let in; like Aurora, she’s quick to announce her desires. Ironically, her “let me in” barks sound just like Aurora’s, so at times we’re not sure who exactly is summoning us.
Esther is a sweet, affectionate senior lady who loves to be loved up. She also gets along great with everyone else. And she definitely is enjoying her new life here. We watched her yesterday afternoon, trotting around the front yard in the bright sunshine, tail up, head up, sniffing the warm summer air, cruising all over. A few minutes later, she was back in the living room, sound asleep on the big foam bed you see in these photos. (By the way, when you’re deaf, you sleep very, very well!) Like with Stella and the others who were uprooted late in life and went through wrenching change, we wonder what goes through their heads. But this look seems to say a lot:
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