In the fall of 2013, I fell in love with Kanga on a regional rescue’s website. I wasn’t in a position at that time to adopt a dog, but continued to follow her journey as she moved to a deaf dog specific rescue not far from my town. Fortunately, when we bought our house in January 2014, Kanga was still available for adoption. We adopted her three days later!
Shortly after getting Kanga, I started to notice that she was fearful. The things she was scared of were many, but she was especially scared of unknown people and dogs. We started taking behavior modification classes at our local training center and practiced a lot on our own while exploring new environments. While she has become more comfortable, she still gets spooked by unknown people and dogs, especially when they approach her fast or come up from behind her where she can’t see them.
I stumbled upon Doodie Pack after researching ways to clearly identify Kanga’s needs while out in public. She is now the proud owner of a pink Doodie Pack that has “Kanga- I’m Deaf, Ask to Pet” along with a “Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts” patch. The pack is so nice to use for any exploration, from walking around town, to mountain biking and hiking. I like the fact that is can carry her treat tube, poop bags, leash and a host of other accessories.
The most important thing we have received from purchasing our Doodie Pack is peace of mind. We’ve received lovely compliments on it and more people are asking
before approaching. This gives me the opportunity to politely decline their advance, while providing Kanga the space she needs to have positive interactions with people.