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Crippled Monkey | 00:00 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2005

OK, you know the drill by now. I am Crippled Monkey, and my sole aim in life is to bring you stories of cute and loveable disabled pets. Aw!

From The Sun comes the tale of Chance, a deaf boxer dog who is "desperately seeking a family to teach him sign language - so he can beat his handicap". (Oh no, they said the H-word!)

His previous owners couldn't give the time needed to give Chance some obedience training, because he needs to be communicated with via big hand gestures rather than conventional voice commands (cue pictures of an RSPCA trainer poses with the sort of big hand gestures required).

Chance looks like a nice pooch. I'd rather like him as an official Ouch office pet. Hmm, I wonder . . . ?


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  • At 12:00 AM on 14 Sep 2005, Gimpy Mumpy wrote:

Oooh, cute doggy. Wish I could adopt him but I have a rescued little guy who has to be in a single pet household. While on the subject though, my dog is losing his sight. Any Ouch!ers have any tips on how to aid his transition? So far it has primarily effected his depth perception, but is slowly getting worse. Any tips suggestions would be appreciated!

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  • At 12:00 AM on 14 Sep 2005, Gimpy Mumpy wrote:

Thank you so much Simone! I had never heard of this before, what a great idea!

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  • At 12:00 AM on 14 Sep 2005, Simone wrote:

One of our dogs was losing sight and it turned out to be helpful to wear a jacket in bright colour when going for a walk. "Max" responded very well to bright yellow and seemed pleased to be able to find us (he also could not hear very well at that time). At night we used to use these short illuminated sticks people are waving at concerts (I don't have any idea what these are called in English....) and again the best colours were yellow and pink. Even when he had so little sight that he would occasionally bump into things he could still make out a yellow coat and the light sticks. It was very helpful, because we were living in the country side and the dog was not used to walking on a lead. Making sure he would find us meant he could still enjoy his freedom and mind all his important "dog business" Hope it helps!

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