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Hey all!

Just introducing myself :) My name is Sara. I have 5 dogs (technically 2 live with my Mom) Oliver, Mouse and Boo live with me, Scout and Zoe live with my Mom and my Sister (who has 2 dogs as well, Annabelle and Riley) We've had dogs all my life, except for a short time between 3 and 7. Most of our dogs have been rescues, and all of mine currently are.

I rescue the "unadoptable", the dogs that no one wants. Zoe was my first as an adult, she is a Lhasa Apso x Bichon, paranoid puppy mill breeder dog, whom I rescues 8 years ago last January, when she was 1.5 years old. She'd had at least one litter of puppies (possibly 2 but we'll never know). She's almost normal now, though she still has "firsts". I cried for months after I adopted her, she was the worst shut down case I've ever seen, though with routine, patience, and never forcing her, she has come a seriously long way!

Scout was my second adoption. She is some sort of terrier x, deaf and was an hour from being put down before we rescued her. I thought I'd be getting a challenge, but she turned out to be the easiest dog I've ever worked with! Within 2 months she knew over 40 hand signals, and we were doing demos. We've had her for 5 years next month, and she was 4 when we adopted her. She started me on the deaf dog kick!

Enter Oliver, a 40lb terrier x (I'm thinking Irish Terrier x Lab). He was supposed to be 1 year old, deaf, and seriously dog aggressive. so I offered to take him (now HERE'S my challenge!) but nope, he was 6 months old, not deaf (allergies to fleas caused temporary deafness) and fear aggressive towards strange dogs and people. He flew to me from Houston, TX. He's definately a challenge, but he's awesome! He's loyal, protective, trainable, intelligent, and very fun! I've had him for just over 3 years now :)

But I still wanted another deafie, so along came Mouse, a 5.5 month old, deaf, almost blind, Mini Double Dapple Dachshund, who has sleep apnea and is missing half a foot. She was rescued by a friend in Spokane, after she contacted me about a craigslist listing. I said heck yeah! so she rescued her for me, then held onto her for 6 weeks until I felt comfortable driving through the mountains to go get her. She is a brilliant little doxie, and knows 30 or so tricks. She is a bit of a bratty goofball at times, but makes me laugh daily. I've had her for 3 years today :) happy gotcha day Mouse!

I loved Mouse so much, I decided to adopt another deaf and sight impaired Mini Double Dapple Dachshund. I found Boo in Seattle via petfinder. He was 6.5 years old and had been returned to rescue a couple of times. he's a resource guarder, and was food aggressive. He's come a LONG way, with positive training, and patience :) I've had him now for 1.5 years. He's a very funny little munchkin!

I am a positive trainer and a clicker trainer. I've spent 3 years changing my old training habits (i'm ashamed to say I used to use chokers and corrections :( ) I've come a long way, but still have alot to learn :) I also believe in good nutrition and feed my dogs a seriously varied diet, but I wont get into that here.

Here's a couple of videos of my monsters :)



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