He is a white and soft as powder snow.
Powder, "Po" and his siblings found themselves scared and homeless at the city pound, after the intact female of an irresponsible owner became accidentally pregnant. Or perhaps the litter was planned, but the owner quickly realised he would not be able to find a home for all the puppies. The little gang ended up in a cage in an overcrowded shelter, hoping for their chance like all the big dogs there. Though MPR was already busy trying to find homes for two other unwanted litters, we braced ourselves and made room for this little gang as well.
ID Number: #
Adoption Fee: $150
Sex: Male (n)
Age: 12-14 weeks
Color: White with blue eyes
Good with dogs: yes
Good with cats: maybe
Powder is healthy, neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Po is deaf from birth.
Update: Powder will need surgery to correct a deformity in his growth plate on his left front leg. Vet thinks it was fractured or injured at some point which caused the growth to stop and form at an odd angle.
Lou and Powder reside in a foster home with two adults, two children (ages 7 & 9), four other dogs (males and females), and one grumpy old cat. Talk about socialization and a great start at life. The little guys could not have more exposure to the trials of a busy family life. There is another deaf dog in the house, a young adult who’s been trained to sign language, and the brothers are learning a lot from their older counterpart.
Lou and Powder live in a suburban neighborhood with a large fenced yard. In addition to sign language, they are learning housetraining, crate training, to respect boundaries and to figure out their place in an active family.
Po is an easy-going little guy, playful and outgoing, who enjoys playing in the grass and sunbathing on the porch on warm days. He also has a great time antagonizing his brother Lou (from the same litter), chewing on sticks and taking long naps.
Po is learning hand signals from his foster mom and doing very well for his age. The little guy doesn't let his disability stop him from enjoying life. Being deaf from birth, he has no idea he's missing out on anything. He is a very happy little guy.
Po is well behaved and rarely whines or barks when placed in his kennel. He sleeps well through the night. Like all deaf dogs, he is quick to fall asleep for naps and bedtime and he sleeps hard. It often takes him a few minutes to come out of his kennel and begin playing with his humans or foster siblings. He is very curious and likes to explore. He seems eager to learn more sign language and enjoys when he is rewarded for his quick understanding of commands.
Behavior with people:
Po is people-oriented and eager to make friends with everyone. Not shy or pushy, he is well-behaved and outgoing.
Behavior with children:
Po does great with the children that are ages 7 and 9 living in his foster home with him. Like all puppies, he gets a little mouthy at times but nothing abnormal for his age. Being an active foster home that specializes in puppies, the kids have definitely been around much worse.
We see no problem placing this little guy in a home with kids, provided the parents understand that the interaction of kids and dogs should always be supervised. In addition, because he is deaf, Po can’t hear vocal cues if he’s playing too hard. The kids will need to learn to commutate with him via sign language as well.
Behavior with other dogs:
He submits very quickly to his foster dog siblings ages 1, 4, 5 and 12. He plays well with his litter mate Lou, but can get a bit over excited during play. He seems to leave the senior dog alone and enjoys playing with his older malamute foster sibling Nikita, whom is alpha in the home.
Behavior with other animals:
With slow introductions, he may work in a home with cats.
Po is kennel trained. He stays in his kennel when his foster mom is gone for work and does fairly well. His foster mom is currently working with him and his brother on following hand signals and commands as he is deaf. He is catching on quickly and is very treat oriented. He does still have accidents in his kennel once in a while but nothing major for his age. He is a young pup who will still need a lot of patience and training like any other puppy his age.
His beautiful blue eyes, endearing kissable face and adorable black speckles are irresistible! He is a very sweet, chubby little boy, and will be an extremely loving and affectionate companion to his new family. He will require time for training and hand commands, which we hope to see continue in his new home for most of his first year. The adorable puppy is well worth it and will do everything he can to bring you as much joy as he can. His disability doesn’t prevent him from loving life with all his little heart. Please don’t let it prevent you from giving him the loving home he deserves.