Sometimes out dogs like us can have impairments too, like this dog, called Valcor, he is deaf but we, like many others, know that he will undoubtedly make up for his impairment in many other ways…
As people pass his kennel in the shelter they notice immediately how many blankets he has; that and his striking blue eyes.
This pitbull is very eager to give kisses and being young, 3-years-young, he could have a very promising life ahead of him with a loving owner to rescue him.
He was sadly born deaf, so never had the experience of hearing at all. Valcor has found his comforts in all things soft and fluffy and his blankies have become super important to him.
Now after he was surrendered to the Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) shelter in Wildomar, California; over the Thanksgiving period, his fluffy blankets really are his security.
Valcor was dropped at the shelter from his previous owner who quite categorically told the shelter he really needs his soft blankets to make him feel happy and secure.
He… “needs blankets near him at all times so he can suck on them.”
When this lovely doggie was given the blankets he soon enough got cozy with them pretty much straight away!
Katie Menges, media manager of AFV said:
“Since he doesn’t have his hearing, it seems that being swaddled in his blankets (which he does himself) is comforting to him …He curls himself up in his blankets and sleeps like a baby until someone touches him or he decides he wants some play time.”
The reason his family surrendered him was that they had a baby, and they claimed that they had to leave him behind as he had become quite protective of his little sibling!
He also seemed to be having territorial problems with their other doggie too, in the shelter they were a little wary of this at first, but soon saw that he, in fact, got along with kids and other dogs really well.
“When we brought in different dogs for him to interact with for a ‘dog test’ he did really well …He does make some funny noises that the other dogs don’t really understand, but that is also very common for deaf pets.”
It was soon apparent that this doggies favorite time of the week was when he gets visits from some elementary school students, they practice their reading skills with all the shelter pups.
There is a real change in his behavior and attitude as soon as the kids arrive.
According to Katie:
“he lights up completely when children are around and loves to give them kisses.”
The shelter staff really hope that this deaf pup will find the love that he deserves, a hope with children, who he loves dearly.
Katie also said:
“He seems to understand the hand motions for ‘sit’ and ‘come here,’ …So a family that is ready to learn sign language and a way to communicate with this sweet boy who can’t hear would be perfect!”
He really needs a family like this, but not only that he needs to be kept in blankets, lots of them, for the rest of his life.
Valcor at last found a home in a wonderful place, he has a home in the local community with a college professor called Kristeena Thaten, who is also deaf.
What a perfect pair, they are so happy together!!