Angel was just a puppy when she was discovered by Elisha Dillon at a rescue. The Australian Shepherd was born blind and deaf. She was taken in by the rescue after her breeder considered putting her down, but a vet took pity on her.
During her two months at the rescue, Angel was attacked by the other dogs in the kennel because she could not hear or see the dogs warning her that her puppy enthusiasm was too much for them. So she was kept out in the rescue's thrift shop and that's where Elisha found her.
Elisha has experience working with deaf/blind kids, and had an older dog who had lost her sight due to a heredity issue - experiences which helped in training Angel. Angel has learned all the regular tricks and training a dog needs, but through touch rather than hand signals and voice commands.
Said Elisha,"She hikes, snowshoes, swims, and loves to play with any dog that is willing. I often hear people express pity for Angel, but she will have none of that. All she wants from strangers, which is what most dogs want, is to be petted endlessly or played with."
Here's more on Angel's story.
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