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If you follow our website
you may have noticed PWD rescues many hounds with disabilities. You
might ask why?
I wanted to talk a little bit about the truth and the misconceptions
One of the biggest
misconceptions of hounds is that they are loud smelly stupid hunting
dogs, and have no business being house pets. Once these dogs
realize the comforts a home, and it happens pretty quickly,
believe me the they LOVE it, and a warm cozy home is far
better than being a hunting dog. And yes they can become
lazy sofa pups.
Many potential adopters
fear their barking but in reality they are pretty quiet and many hounds
end up homeless because they are quiet or hurt and can no longer hunt.
Hounds were bred to hunt in packs of 2-4 dogs, so they are extremely
social. One of the greatest advantages of rescuing this breed of
dog - we rarely have to worry about hounds with the other dogs at the
rescue, and they will do GREAT at dog parks. Most hounds
love people and generally do great with kids and if raised around cats
they do well with them as well. They are not bred to
be aggressive - most hounds don’t have a mean bone in their body
and will do almost anything to stay away from a fight!
Lastly, many people think
they need Fort Knox fencing, and yes this might be true for
some hounds but for the hounds we have rescued, they don’t
stray away from their comfort zone. I personally trail walk with
one of our blind hounds, totally off lead, and she will never stray far
from me or the trail. She exemplifies the character of a
great hound. Anyone that has met Megan, truly understand the
heart of a hound.
Bottom line, they make
great dogs to have here at PWD! - Joyce
|Meet the Blind
dogs at Pets with Disabilities
Living with a blind dog is very similar to living with a sighted dog -
many of the blind dogs at the rescue where born blind, so they are
fearless in their movements and have acute hearing and smelling
senses. They may bump into something, but it's usually only
once. When we open the apartments doors - they come out the door,
down the hall, and into the yard without missing a beat. They will
all jump up on their futon beds, and they like toys, and some how they
always know where their person is for the hugs and belly rubs. We
really like our blind rescues to have a fenced yard and railings on any
stairways. We encourage you to open your heart to a blind dog - they
will repay you with their huge heart!!
-Age: 3 years -
Breed/Weight: Besingi mix, 40 lbs. -Disability: Blind
History: Oprah lived in an extremely over crowed shelter, a
volunteer reached out to a few rescues to help and we responded. Our eye doctor has confirmed Oprah's blindness was definitely caused
by a traumatic incident. So sad to think this beautiful dog once had
eyesight, and because of the actions of humans, she can no longer
see. Although Oprah's short life has been extremely heartbreaking,
and you see from the past and present pictures, SHE is a survivor.
The first month Oprah was with us, she was extremely shy, timid and
frighten - but she has blossomed. Once she realized she was safe,
she warmed up to us, wagging her tail as we begin our day. She loves
being outside soaking up the sun, and will curl up on a bed
inside. She is house trained, very alert and independent. A fenced
in area would be ideal, but we think she would benefit from leash
walking with her adopter.
OPRAH UPDATE: We placed Oprah in a great foster home
this past month, she has been there for a little over 2 weeks.
In her short time there, her foster has noted she learns the lay of
the land and routine very quickly. She loves having an easy
going companion dog around for their trips outside. While she
is great on a leash, she does need a fenced in area for her bathroom
time. During her outside time, she often rolls in the grass to
scratch her back once she is comfortable in her environment. Oprah
is slow to warm up but eventually comes out of her shell more and
more each day. She now greets her human foster when she comes home
with a wagging tail and nuzzles her nose into her. She’s also
been spotted doing to the same to her fur brother after he took a
trip to the vet and even dropped a bone by him one day when he was a
little under the weather. Oprah is also cat and rabbit
friendly, and is successfully learning how to do navigate stairs.
Oprah is ready to find her family. Her ideal family would welcome
her with kindness, patience and understanding. She is ready to
progress in her socialization. Oprah's shyness comes with absolutely
NO aggression, so some good treats and time, we know she'll be a
fabulous addition to a patient family. The reward will be worth the
journey with this little girl. She would also do well with a
balanced easy going male dog as a mentor.
Thank you to
Millie Groobey for being
Thank you to Kimberly
Kinsey for being
|Meet the Deaf dogs
at Pets with Disabilities
Living with a deaf dog has many advantages! You can come in the
front door, put your coat and bags down, before they know you're there and
the greetings begin. They are not thunder phobic. The door bell
does not create chaos. Deaf dogs create a tremendous bond with their
guardians - all communication is done with sight, so their eyes are always
"on you". We have met many people that have enjoyed
learning "doggie sign language" and gotten creative in their
heart connections to their dogs. Deaf dogs seem to wag their tails
as hard as any hearing dog, they love to chase their toys, cuddle, get
belly rubs, and be with their person. If you'd like a companion that
won't complain about your singing voice or how loud you keep the TV - but
will completely bond to your heart and moods - experience the
special relationship the deaf dogs love to have.
Age: 7 years old
Weight: 60 lbs.
Breed: Ausie/lab mix
History: Princess was relinquished to a rural Virginia shelter after her
fur mom passed away.
Princess is a very loving smart dog. Although she is deaf, she is alert
and very tuned into her surroundings. Her recall is phenomenal, when we
need her to return to the barn and settle in her apartment she returns
quickly with just a simple hand command. She even knows how to sit and
give you her paw. (She will do anything for a treat!) She lives for her
food, treats, and knuckle bones!
She has been a very easy dog, house trained, good on a lead, sleeps a
lot but does love to go out and explore, crate trained and a good car
rider. She would be great as an only dog or with an older calm dog.
Please consider making Princess part of your family!
you are interested in meeting her, please complete our
Age: 4 -5 years old
Breed/Weight: Lemon Hound, 50 pounds
was surrendered to a Virginia shelter as a stray.
Bishop is a
handsome hound, who is a true testament to the reputation of the
wonderful temperament of the lemon hound. (we just love lemon hounds
here at PWD) A fun, active, goofy pup, that will put a smile on your
face. He just loves life. He has flourished here at PWD and has made
many new friends here. A sweet gentle soul good with people, dogs and
cats! Bishop would do great in a secure fenced in area, with a playful
hearing buddy or two.
He was also a
shelter favorite describing him as gentle, quiet and affectionate. He
has become a PWD favorite too! Another beautiful sweet hound that is
ready for find his forever home.
As with all our deaf and/or blind dogs - a fenced yard is a REQUIREMENT
for his new home.
A sweet gentle soul good with people, dogs and cats! Bishop would
do great in a secure fenced in area, with a playful hearing buddy.
Bishop would also do very well as an only dog!
you are interested in meeting him, please complete our
|Meet the the 3
legged dogs and dogs with other physical disabilities - at Pets
We know these dogs have physical "disabilities" you can see -
but they certainly don't have a disabled spirit. They manage their
missing leg or physical imperfection without missing a beat. Their
hearts are open, their eyes pleading for acceptance. They may not be
running marathons, but they will win your heart.
- Age: 8 years -
Weight: 40 lbs.-
Disability: infection in rear leg, needs amputation -
Breed: Lab mix
A local vet
office asked if we could step in on Summer's behalf (Unfortunately her
family was unable to take on the expense or care she needed). Summer, 8
years old, suffered severe trauma to her left rear leg. Left untreated &
now extremely infected to the point she needs immediate specialized
medical care. Summer will undergo an amputation and will remain in the
hospital until she is stable and healthy to return to PWD and find a
Summer has returned to PWD after her amputation surgery. She is
adjusting well and has now entered a new chapter in her life. She will
be looking 15 pounds lighter and like a brand new lady in no time! Three
legged life will be much easier once we get her to a healthy weight. One
thing is for sure about this sugar face girl, she is sweet as pie and
will make someone an awesome companion ❤️ Thank you
all for your well wishes for Summer- they are working and her new life
to report, our Rocky, now Oliver, has landed safely into the most
loving hands! Oliver is this family's 3rd 3 legged pup adopted from
us, and as you can see from his fur mom's update, Oliver came into
this family's life just at the right time. We just love the Delio
Many of you know that my beloved
companion, protector and former PWD dog, Jake, passed away suddenly on
August 5th. I was completely devastated by the loss of my “big guy”. I
couldn’t imagine life without him. Thankfully, just weeks earlier, Joyce
introduced me to an active, uber smart and crazy Border Collie mix who
is now known in the Delio family as the terrible teenager Oliver. Oliver
is a constant challenge and a complete joy! He has such a zest for life
and doesn’t let the loss of a limb slow him down. Oliver is curious and
fearless; he is a whirlwind of energy one moment and a curled up ball of
peaceful love the next. New dogs never replace our old dogs, but somehow
they find that extra space in our hearts that we didn’t know existed.
Thank you PWD for saving Oliver so that he could fill our empty space.
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 35 lbs.
Disability: 3 legged
Breed: Border collie
History: A kind
Samaritan witnessed Rocky being hit by a car and the driver drove off.
Fortunately for Rocky she stopped, scooped him up and got him to a vet,
but his leg injury was so severe he needed an amputation. It's not very often
we have a young pup here, so hopefully we can find this vibrant smart
pup a home very fast! Rocky stayed in a foster home after surgery. His
foster mom noted, "besides being adorable, Rocky does not let his 3
legs deter him, he is active, playful, and very smart and eager to
learn." Like many border
collies, he totally understands what is expected of him. When Rocky
arrived at PWD, he got used to the new routine at the rescue overnight!
He loves people, understands dogs, playful with the ones that will play
with him and understands when the older ones want to him to keep his
distance. He is also very respectful of the older dogs here. He also
has shown no anxiety when left alone, and entertains himself with a Kong
or knucklebone. He is a great dog!
Age: 3 years old
Disability: Missing Left eye, from past injury
Breed/Weight: Terrier Mix, 38 pounds
History: Sally was
a stray in a West Virginia shelter
Sally has been in
various foster homes as well as on-site at the PWD facility. However,
she thrives in a home environment with a routine and lots of structure.
She is a fast learner who wants nothing more than to please her owner
and received their love and approval. While Sally may initially appear
very high energy, she is learning each day to greet humans and other
dogs more politely. She’s a confident, alpha female who would be good as
an only dog or with a larger, non-reactive companion.
This one-eyed gal
loves to play with humans or by herself. Tennis balls, squeaky toys and
skinneez are some of her favorites. She also does puzzles and loves
pupsicles (wet food frozen with water) on hot afternoons! Once playtime
is over, Sally curls up near her foster for some much needed sleep.
Sally LOVES to give
kisses to humans and other dogs and even lives with cats and a rabbit in
her foster home. Normally, it is a peaceful setting unless one runs from
Sally and she thinks they are playing chase! Therefore, she is working
on her ‘here’ recall. While she occasionally has accidents due to
excitement or changes, she has responded very well with structured
routines and quiet time in her crate. Sally is perfectly crate trained
and walks well on a leash. She knows the following commands- sit, down,
off, stay, touch, watch, leave it, here, crate) and learns more each
week at obedience class.
Within two weeks of
being in her recent foster home, she patiently awaits mealtime by
sitting and waiting for the ok command to begin eating. She also sits
for her leash to be taken on and off when going out. She’s currently
working on ‘leave it’ with treats (so tough as she’s food driven)! Sally
is an absolute love and will bring her owner lots of joy!
you are interested in meeting her, please complete our
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Huey - Deaf Dog
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Lucy - 3 legged
Sandy - broken back
Pierce - Club feet
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With 12 permanent
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add dogs to the rescue program. We can only take ADOPTABLE
disabled dogs - with no temperament issues. We will always provide
whatever assistance we can - but, that won't always mean we have room at
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