My dog Remi is now 3 years old. I received her when she was 8 weeks old. We were not suppose to get her until 10 weeks because Jeff was going to take the litter down to Florida to get their ears cropped and their hearing tested.
Jeff knew how excited we were to bring her home so he let us pick her up two weeks early. He was nice enough to offer to swing by and pick her up on his way to Florida. We have 3 others dogs and two small children so we wanted to socialize her as soon as possible. She fit right in from the very first day, but we noticed she was the best sleeping puppy we had ever seen.
As I got to spend some individual time with her away for the other dogs I started to worry she couldn’t hear. I called Jeff and spoke with him about it. Since she was given the title of “Pick of the Litter” by the vet, Jeff was very concerned.
He gave me some advice on different ways to check her hearing. It turned out that she was born completely deaf, but is so intelligent and alert that it was only noticeable when she would not wake up for any sound.
Jeff was just as devastated as we were to find out the bad news. He offered to return my money or give me another puppy from the litter. I had no idea what was required of training a deaf puppy but I knew that if I didn’t take on the responsibility she would likely be put down.
So after discussing this with my family I decided that I had chosen her to be part of our family a month ago. When I first went to see the litter I had a choice of any of the puppies, and I chose her. So regardless of her hearing issues she was ours to love and take care of.
The next day Remi and I rode up to Camp Schaffer to pay the remainder of the balance I owed Jeff and to inform him of our decision to keep her. When I told him what we had decided to do he was worried about the training issues but was very pleased that we were willing to do the work to give Remi a good life.
Instead of taking the rest of my payment Jeff gave me my initial deposit back and said to use the money to get her the necessary tools and training to make sure she is a happy well behaved dog. Jeff has also kept in touch with us over the years to check in on the family.
I am pleased to say keeping Remi was one of the best decisions I have ever made. She is better trained then any of our other dogs (they all have perfect hearing). She has almost 40 hand commands and unless I bring it up nobody has any idea that she is deaf.
She loves to hunt, plays on the beach, swims in the river, rides on the boat, chases me on mountain bike rides, and goes on daily runs with no leash. In dealing with Schaffer Ridge Kennels I thought I was just buying a dog, instead I ended up adopting a new family member from a man I now consider a friend.
I don’t even know how to explain the love I have for Remi. With all the time I have spent training her, I still end up being the one learning. She has taught me how important it is to know the difference between listening and paying attention.
I always thought I was a good listener but I have learned that paying attention is far more important. It’s crazy that a deaf dog taught me so much about being a good husband and a father. So needless to say there aren’t any words to describe the love I have for Remi. I have to say it has been a Great experience dealing with Jeff and Schaffer Ridge Kennels.