by Debbie Crisp
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno shares with us every other month about their rescue dogs.
This month we are putting the spotlight on one very special pup. His name is Remy. He is a one-year-old black Labrador mix, and he has been learning sign language … that’s right, American Sign Language! Unfortunately, he isn’t learning sign language just to show how smart and special he is, but because he is deaf.We understand how some people might be scared off by a deaf dog, but Remy is a fun-loving snuggle bug, super cute, and smart as can be. You see, his other senses make up for his lack of hearing. His nose is so good it can get him in trouble. Those great smells coming from the kitchen can be irresistible, and he must investigate. His hearing impairment doesn’t affect his ability to be happy and live a normal life. Remy is a lap dog and first-class cuddler, especially if you give a good belly rub. He loves playing with his toys and other dogs, walking and hiking with his foster family, and splashing in the water. He also likes riding in the car, especially when he gets to ride shotgun so he can see where he is going. That is his favorite way to travel!
Remy is house-trained, crate-trained and leash-trained. He gets along great with all kinds of dogs, but cats are a definite NO. While he may be okay with children, a home with adults and older children (teens), would be best, as all members of the family will have to learn and use basic sign language to communicate with him. He needs a strong pack structure with adults to more-or-less manage him. The more positive loving attention and touch you can give, the better!
While Remy cannot hear verbal commands, he quickly picks up hand signal commands and visual cues. He knows “sit”, “come”, “down”, “sleep”, “hot”, and selectively “stop.” With continued training, we are certain that Remy will keep adding to his vocabulary. This training will require time and effort on his family’s part, but it is well-worth the investment. If you think Remy would fit well into your family, please visit our website at labrescuefresno.org and submit your application to adopt.
Without volunteers to foster these wonderful pets, they would literally be lost. If you are interested in joining the great group of volunteers at the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno, check out our website at www.labrescuefresno.org for more information. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, 100% foster-based, and run completely by volunteers. We are in urgent need of more fosters at this critical time when shelters are overflowing resulting in many dogs and cats being euthanized.
If you are not in a position where you can adopt or foster, but you would still like to help, please consider making a tax-deductible donation donate via PayPal on our website, www.labrescuefresno.org, or via snail mail to LRRF, PO Box 1484, Clovis, CA 93613. As you can imagine, all the veterinary care required by many of our rescues is very expensive. Of course, the rescue also provides all food and other supplies needed by our dogs in foster care, and we have an Amazon Wishlist if you would like to place an order there, and it will be delivered directly to us. We greatly appreciate and need your support to continue saving pups like Remy. You may email us at muttlovedogs@gmail[dot]com or find us on Facebook.
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